El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Architectural Building
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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TripAdvisor
  • Was a beautiful place and it was brilliant browsing the shelves. Only downside- there didn't seem to be any English translations of Argentinean classics!  more »
  • Deemed the world's most beautiful bookstore, this was formerly an opera house, and retains the original architecture and frescoes. Most books are in Spanish. There is a small English fiction section a...  more »
  • Even if you are not an avid reader or a book lover, you must visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore. This bookstore was formerly a theater. It is a magnificent building with frescoes on the ceiling ...  more »
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  • Beautiful old theatre that is now a bookshop with a cafe. You can sit and read the books while drinking a coffee as you decide whether you want to buy them.
  • Excellent! It's a must to go if you are in Buenos Aires. It's not only a bookstore but you can actually stay there to read. Although there weren't any books of my favourites writers
  • Awesome bookstore concept. Its a beautiful building a there are a few sneak away places to read without being bothered. People will be coming in and out, however, to take a look and go to the cafe so expect a good bit of throughput.
  • It is a magical place which used to be a wonderful theater. Here, you can find an infinite number of beautiful books of any gender and format. The best part is that you can spend the day reading as many books as you want and even take them to the cafeteria while you enjoy some nice coffee.
  • Out of this world bookstore. However if you only know English the only books they sell are the cheap airport style romance novels.