El Ateneo Grand Splendid


Buenos Aires Store Av. Santa Fe 1860, Buenos Aires, AR


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  • Bookcases have replaced seats in the dress circle and balconies.
  • Voted the most beautiful bookshop in the world.
  • The red-draped stage is home to a coffee shop.

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The ornate El Ateneo Grand Splendid theatre dates to 1919. Originally a theatre it was converted to a cinema in 1929 and later to a bookshop in 2000. The opulent interior has maintained its frescoed ceiling, intricate carvings and red stage curtains. The stage is now the location of a coffee shop.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is part of the Yenny–El Ateneo bookstore chain. El Ateneo Grand Splendid regularly makes an appearance on the " most beautiful bookshops in the world " lists, including The Guardian and National Geographic.

Voted the most beautiful bookshop in the world.