El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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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. Arrange to visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid and other attractions in Buenos Aires using our Buenos Aires vacation builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A classic, always impeccable and paintings that adorn the central dome, a delight! Variety of books for all ages
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Bookstore is really very beautiful. Can you sit enjoying the beauty of the theater and looking at the books.
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is a very nice place. Well decorated and equipped to enjoy an impass in the middle of the city.
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  • July 10, 2017
    It is a great place where to get in touch with books that are waiting for us on handy bookshelves. The smell of the paper, the softness of some covers invite us to the experience of diving into the universe of words and connect ourselves with the authors as if they were there, for us. The high ceilings with beautiful paintings resembling a cathedral is the perfect habitat for this amazing experience. You don't just buy a book.
  • July 26, 2017
    This was a must stop for us during our trip. The building and theatre itself is beautiful. And nestled together with the Book store makes for a wonderful place to visit. It also has a small coffee shop on what was the stage of the theatre and some at exhibition on the upper floor. We did like the kids section at the back abs ended up buying some books.
  • July 7, 2017
    It doesn't get any better than this. Excellent collection of books, CDs, etc. in Spanish, plus a decent English collection. The cafe is very fine - a nice way to wile away the afternoon or evening. A brilliant recycling of an old theater.
  • June 27, 2017
    Former theatre, with extraordinary architecture; go there just to enjoy the building, even if you're not looking for books. Great selection of books, though they're a bit expensive. Great children's section. Nice little cafe in the back on what was once the stage of the theatre.
  • August 5, 2017
    A must see place. Great book and music store. Old opera theatre turned into a special huge library coffee shop.

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