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Experience – Buenos Aires, Argentina: El Ateneo

  • Address: Av. Santa Fe 1860, C1123 CABA, Argentina (Santa Fe & Riobamba) (Google Maps)
  • Hours: 
    • Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm
    • Fridays and Saturdays, 9.00am – midnight
    • Sundays, 12 noon – 10pm
  • Recommended Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
  • How to arrive: By car, walking
  • Price: Free
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  • Ideal Month(s): All Year

El Ateneo is located in Buenos Aires’ Barrio Norte neighborhood and houses one of the world’s largest collections of books for sale. It’s also one of the most beautiful bookstores you will find anywhere on earth. What makes El Ateneo unique is the fact that it used to be a theatre, showcasing performances that appealed to drama enthusiasts across Argentina. The bookstore’s most stunning feature is the grand auditorium that sits beneath a gorgeous painted ceiling. The stage now features a cafe, while the former theatre’s boxes are now home to intimate reading nooks.

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