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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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Wow! Who thought of putting a bookshop in a theatre???

Very cool. If you don't read Spanish then the bookshop aspect itself won't be of much interest but the setting is spectacular. Well worth a visit, even just to pop in for 10... read more

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very cool. If you don't read Spanish then the bookshop aspect itself won't be of much interest but the setting is spectacular. Well worth a visit, even just to pop in for 10 minutes and take in the dramatic setting.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit bookshop in an opera centre, floors amazing to look at and the cafe is on centre stage !

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livry
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You have to visit the old theater turn into a giant library. You can have a coffee en the stage near the piano many old records and books

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Thank BOUVET548
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love book stores. Before visiting this one, the best bookstore in my opinion was Kinokuniya in Singapore. El Ateneo doesn't have the variety you can find in the largest Kinokuniya's but the building and the gourmet coffee shop make it a very special place. A place that you don't want to leave. It has the magic atmosphere of a... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

El Ateneo is located in the center of the city, on Santa Fee between Callao and Rio Bampa. You get quite surprised when you enter the bookstore. It's in on old beautiful theater. Tree floors surrounded by an beautiful interior and ceiling. At the end of the main floor is a cafe on the scene. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Kristina H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good books and nice to pass by them taking a look, but there isn't much to do there, but to look at the view.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore in an old theatre is worth the visit even if you don't read Spanish. It is absolutely stunning and it's the first time I have ever taken photos in a bookstore. The only other bookstore I have been to that is as beautiful was in Oporto, Portugal. There is also a good-sized cafe. I spent hours here on... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found nice Vinyl records from 70s Argentine rock impossible to find anywhere else. I will for sure visit this store again when in BA.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Buenos Aires has more Bookstores per person than any other city in the world. El Ateneo Grand Splendid mega bookstore is and old theatre converted in a modern bookshop. You need to visit this place, read a book and drink a coffee.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't like reading, this is a must see building just for the architecture. An ex theatre that is a Grand Splendid! There is a coffee shop inside if you need a rest from walking.

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