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El Ateneo
El Ateneo

El Ateneo

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Avenida Callao 1000, Ciudad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
011 4812-7204
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Do you want to experience a truly transformed retail space that incorporates books and movies? Then look no further than El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, which the Guardian named #2 on its 2008 list of the ... Read more
World's Ten Best Bookshops. When you visit, you see why many call it the "most beautiful bookstore in the world:" the retail space exists in a transformed classic theatre. No matter what you want to read, or whether you want to read in Spanish, English, or some other language, El Ateneo is guaranteed to have something you enjoy, as it is the largest bookstore in Buenos Aires. You can browse books at your own pace, as El Ateneo offers seating in former theatre boxes and in its cafe, which is behind what used to be the stage.

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Local from Buenos Aires

Caveat: El Ateneo Grand Splendid CAN get pricey if you plan on buying a lot of books, or eating a big meal at the café. However, it's also just a lovely place in which to walk around and read. If you like to read, there are occasionally some really good sales and you can buy certain books for less than 100 pesos if you're lucky. It used to be a theater and was repurposed to practically be what we literary fiends consider to be a book sanctuary. You can totally walk in there and just take pictures, and maybe walk out with a bargain if you so choose. It's also rated one of the top 20 book stores around the world, so you might as well see it.

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Local from Buenos Aires

Book worms who enjoy an afternoon coffee should head to El Ateneo bookstore. On the main floor, towards the back of the store, is a very quiet and very classy coffee area. During the early evenings, on some nights of the week, there are short, live piano concerts given in the area too, to accompany all those wishing to read and drink a coffee with light instrumental music in the background.

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If you're not a Spanish speaker you won't find much amongst the contents to detain you. However the conversion from a theatre to a bookshop is worth the trip to look at

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London

Beautiful old theater turned bookstore; take a break at the coffee shop and enjoy the view

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El Ateneo is arguably South America's largest bookstore. housed in an old theater, it is also its nicest one. it's a 5 mns walk from the apartment.

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New York City

El Ateneo is a very cool bookstore that is housed in an old theater. It's pretty to look at - the balconies still hang over the main stage (which is now the coffee bar) and the overall arrangement is stunning, but aside from that, it's just a book store.

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Charleston

Super bookstore in an old, grandiose theater house. Cute little restaurant/cafe for lunch after browsing the books.

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Local from Buenos Aires

Definitively between the TOP 5 things to do in Buenos Aires. This old theatre from 1920s, now fully recycled, is one of most amazing bookstores you have ever seen, keeping the theatre style intacted. You can walk and read any of the books from the shelves, or take a seat and drink a coffee while your read at the cafe located where once was the stage's theatre. This place is beautiful, quiet unique and deserves you to spend some minutes/hours looking at its books.

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New York City

I love this book store in an old theater. You can review your books sitting at the cafe that stays where the stage was.

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Los Angeles

This is the coolest book store I've seen. It has an old theater feel to it. The stage was made into a small cafe. And the painting on the ceiling was just beautiful!

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Bogota

One of my favorite bookstores in the world. Have an afternoon coffee and dessert at the cafe.

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Austin

By far the most beautiful bookstore in the world, this famous bookstore is popular for a reason. I was blown away by the beauty of it. They also have a really great selection of books as well and even have some English books as well. This place is visited by lots of tourists, but locals flock here as well since it has the largest collection of books in BA.

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Best bookstore idea, ever. Someone took an old movie theater and turned it into a bookstore. If you like to read, this is a great place to come and see.

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Ottawa

One of the most beautiful book stores in the world.

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Rio de Janeiro

So beautiful and complete bookstore in Buenos Aires !

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Get lost for hours in this former theater / curren gigantic book store.

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