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. 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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  • Super cozy Bookstore, the architecture of comments so beautiful that expenditure is within the Fund has a bookstore café, comfortable reading spaces. Explained.
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  • A former theater has been transformed into an outstanding book shop long ago. This multi-story bookstore has thousand of volume. I highly recommend a visit.  more »
  • Is a charming place to sit and read in a box! Very complete kitchen section. Since warmly.
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  • This bookstore is set in what was once a Theater. It's a beautiful place and has a great selection of books. There is also a small cafe in the back, behind what used to be the scenario. The best part is... the staff is helpful and kind! I love coming here ♥
  • An old Opera house and Theatre with an illustrious history, presently a splendid multi-tiered bookstore and cafe. The vista that opens up before you when you enter the main hall is breathtaking; you can literally feel the history and the countless lives and drama that would have passed in this very space. I took a panorama shot, shared here.
  • Very interesting tour. The guide told us how the design and construction is based on the "Divine Comedy". You get to walk through the past as the building still has original 1920's offices and you climb to "heaven" through the guts of the building. The view from the roof (heaven) is breath taking especially at sunset. Expect some strategies and tight spaces.
  • Awesome place. If you enjoy books you must go, if don’t, you must go too. :)
  • Amazing library! It used to be a Teather is so beautiful and we'll kept and have a huge selection of books from Argentinians authors to intl ones!
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