El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Architectural Buildings
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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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Neighbourhood: Recoleta
Characterised by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighbourhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centred on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
How to get there
  • Facultad de Medicina • 7 min walk
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Jackson
Santiago, Chile54 contributions
May 2022
Gorgeous book store! Absolutely insane how this book store was a converted, operatic theater. Definitely recommend as walking around is free, and they have a great selection of media!
Written 23 May 2022
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Dana S
Orlando, FL477 contributions
May 2022
They won't even let you take a picture from the balcony areas with your face mask off (i.e. pics of you). There are signs and several 'security' people ensuring that you don't get that picture. I hope their attentiveness to this stupid policy is as good as it is for shoplifters. Also, it's just a theater with books in it. NOT THAT SPECIAL!
Written 18 May 2022
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Ricfeliu
24 contributions
Apr 2022
Very exaggerated description.

This is a library in a theater, yes it is beautiful, but whoever described this as the most beautiful library in the world has not seen anything else on the planet, nor knows many libraries.
For the Spanish reader it is a paradise, but it is oriented towards tourism and the prices of souvenirs, etc. are not cheap at all.
Written 6 May 2022
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averastravels
New York City, NY63 contributions
Apr 2022
Most beautiful bookstore!
A must-do in Buenos Aires. This former theater is a work of art starting with the painted ceiling, most beautiful bookstore I've ever visited. The ability to purchase great books is an added benefit.
Written 27 April 2022
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Mike R
2 contributions
Apr 2022
If you are staying more than 2 days in BA, this stop is a must, one of the most beautiful bookshops I ever seen!
Written 8 April 2022
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WordTravel
Knoxville, Tennessee281 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Beautiful, amazing, incredible. This is a must-see, especially if you are a book lover.
Lovely design in an old theatre. There are several floors and the layout is very nice.
Written 5 April 2022
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Christian H
Buenos Aires, Argentina51 contributions
Apr 2022
The place is amazing to see. There are more floors so you can look down or up if you prefer. In the back is a small cafe.
Written 3 April 2022
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DanandCarolina
Truro, MA174 contributions
Mar 2022
Go for the setting, ambience, and a good selection of mostly Spanish books. It was not quite amazing enough in selection to overcome Powell's Books in Portland, OR as my top book store of all-time.
Written 22 March 2022
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Tom E
2 contributions
Mar 2022
I was told to go to El Ateneo. I'm not a books guy but really enjoyed the beauty of el ateneo and was able to get a table at the cafe they have at the back.
Written 8 March 2022
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Nadylv
3 contributions
Feb 2022
Beautiful building yet run-of-the-mill chain bookstore. If bookspotting is your thing, you can get a lot of that and have a snack at the café.
Written 3 March 2022
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