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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
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Avenida Santa Fe 1860, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
+54 11 4813-6052
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Reviewed yesterday

Said to be one of the best bookshops in the world and it is easy to see why. Preserving the splendor and grandeur of its life as a theatre it has now been converted into a bookshop. Be sure to check out the frescoes on...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a bookstore in an old theatre. Cool to walk into, but pretty much sums it up. About a 25 minute walk from teatro colon

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank tah18
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a very large bookstore with a cafe. It was an old opera house or theater so the interior is gorgeous. It’s worth a quick stop.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 4fairreview
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very central location. Once a theatre and all the original decorative boxes and ceiling still there. Even if you dont want any books its worth visiting just to look around. Fantastic sculpture on 2nd floor balconies outside on either side of main door. Very small...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jody G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The "small" selection of English books was tiny--no titles that I was interested in buying. Store was really cool--very crowded b/c it was a Saturday afternoon.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Meg E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The architecture is breathtaking! It has a huge selection of books and many, many vinyls. Also all sorts of Mafalda related items.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ClaudiaU10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good attraction...book lovers dream to see. Located in an area which is easy accessible. Burger 54 which is close is also a good lunch spot after visiting.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank crystal m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in Buenos Aires and love bookshops you gotta come here. There is a good selection of good travel guides, maps and beautiful coffee table books about Argentina. Browse your new books over a coffee on the 'theatre stage'.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mick1803
Reviewed 1 week ago

Consider one of the most beatyful book shop in the wordl. Was a magnificent theater coverted to a big and glamorous shop. You can spend hours there reading and looking yor books

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Gustavo M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot to enjoy an afternoon! Most titles are in Spanish (of course!) but we still thoroughly enjoyed perusing the aisles and snapping a photo here. There is a lovely cafe in the back, as well!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank leighd620
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16 June 2019|
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Response from Cruiser706032 | Reviewed this property |
NSROCHA. Just to supplement my prior answer a couple of blocks ahead El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop you will find Librería Santa Fe located at 2200 Santa Fe Ave. This bookshop specialised in English editions... More
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Av. Santa Fe 1860, 1123 - CABA Tel (011) 4813-6052 Open: Thursday 9:00 to 22:00 Friday 09:00 - 00:00 Saturday 09:00 - 00:00 Sunday 12:00 to 22:00 Monday 9:00 to 22:00 Tuesday 9:00 to 22:00 Wednesday 9:00 to 22:00
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