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“Not only for book lovers"”

El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Ranked #1 of 199 Shopping in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

This book store used to be the ancient "Grand Splendid Cinema" which has been renovated and turned into a book store...which is just beatiful...so beautiful, its ceiling, decoration, coffee shop with a piano man...just a safe and great place for our loving books"...enjoy!

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Spent ages looking for this book shop just for the novelty (I was looking on the wrong side of Santa Fe) but it was definately worth the wait. Really lovely idea and great to be able to actually sit in the boxes or on the stage and read. The only downside I found was that the books were very expensive in comparison to other book shops, but I suppose youre not forced to buy anything. Definately worth a visit if passing.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

I can't imagine that there is any book store anywhere in the world that is as beautiful as this. Even if you don't pick up a book, just go check it out for the sheer beauty!

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This place, is the place to go and stay there for many hours, without hurry, quietly. Have books and more books that we never sow!!!
The coffe is wonderfull!! The place is beautifull and the place is cozy!!!!

Thank Xibilito
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

It is known as "Librería El Ateneo" because "Livraría Atheneo it is called in portuguese. It is magnificent and was a former and beautiful Cine-Teatro called Grand Splendid, in this elegant district of Buenos Aires as it is located on Avenida Santa Fe few steps from Avenida Callao -Recoleta District- Let me say that is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and those who love literature and art it is a must to visit El Ateneo, with a nice and comfortable Coffee Shop where was located the theater stage: The Guardian a prominent British periodical, named El Ateneo second in its 2008 list of the World's Ten Best Bookshops. Website: http://www.yenny-elateneo.com/

Thank Elías P
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