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Address: Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
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+54 11 4813-6052
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores...

Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.

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The most beautiful bookstore I have ever seen.

It's just beautiful!! Apparently used to be a theater. Wish I could read Spanish and just buy a book and read at the coffee place. The English part is really poor

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Library in the theater. it looks very nice. A coffee invites you to relax. Then continue to the next spot

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's just beautiful!! Apparently used to be a theater. Wish I could read Spanish and just buy a book and read at the coffee place. The English part is really poor

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This book store used to be a theatre. the stage is a coffee shop, the booths are used by people to sit and read. the place looks fantastic. Worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Now a huge bookstore in rather splendid premises. The stage has been turned into a cafe while the auditorium houses the books.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This bookstore is a "repurposed" opera house. Elegant interiors. The ceiling is like the Sistine Chapel! Just amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This bookstore is spectacular in appearance, and has an amazingly broad selection of books for purchase-including an English language section. There are also many CD's and DVD's. A well-stocked cafe is an added attraction. It is a great place to browse for an hour or two, and a delight to visit. For me, it was a "must-see".

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ateneo Grand Splendid used to be a a theater and cinema, and a very beautiful one. The whole structure has been conserved, especially the painted ceiling, by painter Nazareno Orlandi. On the place where the stage used to be now there is a coffee store. Moreover the amount and quality of the books is the best. Make sure you save... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

They have kept the charm of an old theatre and turned it into a wondrous book store. It makes you want to curl up on one of their corner reading rooms and stay there for the afternoon. (although most of the books are in spanish...the kids section was about my language level) I highly recommend checking it out, and its... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great building & an enormous amount of books & articles for sale. Even a café in this old opera house.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is definitely something you should see in Buenos Aires if you have time, but if you don't have time, don't fret too much. It's a beautiful book store in a beautiful theater. The books are on the expensive side. Worth seeing if you're looking to spend a lazy afternoon browsing books and sipping coffee in the cafe

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