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El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
+54 11 4813-6052
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Coolest bookstore ever

It's far from a top bookstore (in terms of actual books available), but the setting is superb... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portland, OR
Very nice library

A wonderful place to stop with your family. Your children will enjoy reading for a while. There is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patricia M
Buenos Aires, Argentina
via mobile
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Situated in an old theater, El Ateneo is one of the most popular bookstores in Buenos Aires.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book lovers” (46 reviews)
“love books” (31 reviews)
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Avenida Santa Fe 1860 | Barrio Recoleta, Buenos Aires C1123AAN, Argentina
+54 11 4813-6052
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's far from a top bookstore (in terms of actual books available), but the setting is superb. Worth going in, browsing, and sitting down for coffee in their coffee shop.

Thank Portland_gato
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A wonderful place to stop with your family. Your children will enjoy reading for a while. There is a place to have a coffee and rest in a quiet and nice atmosphere.

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very well done conversion, withtaste and keeping the old decor and atmosphere, it includes a coffe shop with ample tables to sit and have coffe or tea. Three floors with well appointed book shelves, and a music and video section in the basement where...More

Thank melmasllo
Reviewed 1 week ago

In an old theatre, a wonderful bookstore!!! You can find whatever you want here, and the building itself is amazing. Enjoy having a hot cup of cofee in it's inside cafe. Very nice experience!!

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore's design and architure is a rare gem in the heart of Buenos Aires. It is probably one of the most amazing bookstores in the world. If you are visiting Buenos Aires you must stop and visit. Everyone takes pictures inside.

Thank FPAdventurer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit!! A theatre turned into a bookshop! Check it out if you have time, it's pretty unique.

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful bookstore that you should definitely stop in and see if you're in the neighborhood. We enjoyed sitting at the cafe, which is located on the old stage of the theater. The cafe items weren't the best we had in Buenos Aires,...More

Thank Adrienne N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably one of the most magnificent bookstores in the world! An incredible collection of books and CDs. You can also enjoy a nice meal on the stage. It is a must-visit spot if you are in Buenos Aires.

Thank Alice Man Kwan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing scene, a theatre turned into a spectacular bookshop. Plenty of Spanish and English language books in this beautifully restored theatre with domed ceiling, murals and boxes which people fit in to read. The cafe is situated on the stage area. Tried the...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited on our honeymoon. We had a great time in here, browsing for books, and topping it off with lunch on the former stage. We took some great pictures here.

Thank Willem K
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
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Response from ChapSteAgnes V | Reviewed this property |
Hi! Probably too late to answer you, but I'm just a simple traveller - I have nothing to do with this place, besides enjoy it!
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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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