El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

4.8
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Browse an extensive collection of books in a spectacular setting at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a bookstore housed in an early 20th-century theater. The theater first opened in 1919, and was later converted into a cinema. Today bookshelves replace seats in the stalls and galleries. Ascend to the top floor for a bird's-eye views of the floor below. Look up to admire the intricate ceiling frescoes. The theater boxes remain, converted into reading nooks where you can peruse a book before you buy. On the stage and backstage area, enjoy a coffee or empanadas at the onsite cafe. Although the store primarily stocks Spanish-language books, they also carry a wide range of English-language titles. Use our Buenos Aires visit app to add El Ateneo Grand Splendid and other attractions to your Buenos Aires vacation plans.
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  • Tired of cinema movies based on books? this is the reveange! This used to be a cinema and now is a great scenario for books. You also have a coffee store to get some coffee while reading.  more »
  • This bookstore is much more than that, its a beautiful place, a once theatre-cinema now transformed into a bookstore, maintaining its original beauty. Space available to stay for a reading or coffee.....  more »
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  • Such a neat place to buy books or have a coffee with a friend. The kids section was very nice but I couldn't figure out a way to get down there that wasn't with the escalator (which made it hard to do with a toddler and a stroller). The architecture and details are very impressive. Would love to have more book stores like this around the world.
  • It looks like a theatre that has been converted into holding books rather than a bookshop. It is considered the most beautiful library in the world, and I agree. There is a good selection of good travel guides, maps, and beautiful coffee table books about Argentina. English language book choices are limited though.
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