The Ateneo Grand Splendid was selected by the Guardian newspaper as the second most important book store of the world. Every day hundreds of visitors get surprised when they first visit this place. Originally was a theatre called Grand Splendid. The book store is located at Recoleta Av. Sant Fe 1860 and it retains its ancient splendour and elegance, with the dome decorated with frescoes, the original rails and the decoration intact.
The place is open from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 am (midnight) and Sundays from 12 pm (midday) to 10 pm.
The old stage works as a coffee bar and you can sit down to read any book you want.
You can also use armchairs or boxes to read any book you want, which works as lecture rooms. At the subsoil, you can find kids books and the top floor is used for expositions.
The grand splendid open it's doors at 1919 and it became one of the most important places of the local culture, in this place took place several ballet concerts, operas and the first movies on Buenos Aires were played at this place.
We recommend to visit this place for tourism and you should bring your camera to take photos and videos. Take your time to see all the architecture details of the building and why not have a coffee while reading a book about Buenos Aires. If you have time we also recommend to visit the Bond Street Gallery which is at two blocks from the Splendid, it's located at Av. Santa Fe 1670