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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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El Ateneo Grand Splendid Reviews
You have never seen a bookshop like this! Well worth popping in to take a look, even if you don't read spanish. more »
This old theatre has been converted into a unique bookstore and is well worth a visit. We bought a book for the grandchildren and had a coffee to sit and watch people in the store. more »
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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