El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

(4.7/5 based on 12,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Library tremendous, visit forced in Buenos Aires, would say that is an of the five best of the world, has with sector for children, café, and three floors for delight is with all class of books. Vinyl, Cd, DVD.
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  • I love this library. Offer great variety of books in various genres and languages (large selection of books in English to good price). They have a section for children on the top floor, as well as a good amount of cds and dvds. However it best of all is the environment created to the be located in an old theatre. The ceiling is amazing and the coffee in the scenario you gives a touch special. It also has chairs and super comfortable armchairs on each floor to sit and read a while. There are staff available for consultation all the time and they offer a very good service.
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  • This place is beautiful, as well as library bar, the bar one can go on stage and is a great experience.
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  • It's alright. No doubt building is really cool but I don't feel that alone justifies a 5 star review. As an actual bookstore this place isn't all that amazing. Overpriced.
  • A book store that was once a theater. It is fun to go inside and try to imagine how it was back then. Great coffee as well.
  • Beautiful bookstore in an old theatre. Totally worth a visit. Also sit down at the coffee shop for a short read and a quiet coffee...
  • Fantastic building with plenty of books... no English ones though. Perfect for any bookworm.
  • Amazing. A place to go and get lost in books. They have all kinds, genders and formats of books. Definitely one of the "must place to go" in Buenos Aires.