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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  • Spent time getting to this bookstore housed in an old theatre on one of BA’s busiest avenues. Sadly, the experience wasn’t as rewarding as expected. It was crowded and could not find any English...  more »
  • Old theatre turned into a beautiful bookstore. Great book selection for every age. Great location as well.  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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