Bookworm alert!  For all who, like me, cannot resist a good bookstore (worse than going into a candy store), Buenos Aires has a special treat:  The “Ateneo Grand Splendid” centrally situated on Avenida Santa Fé has been rated 2nd best in the world by the British newspaper “The Guardian” in a 2008 survey (more…)

 

And beautiful it is:  It is housed in a restored theater originally built in 1919, converted into a bookstore in 2000. Now, about 3000 visitors per day stroll around and enjoy the theatrical atmosphere.  There are over 120,000 books, CDs and DVDs in stock, comfortable nooks in which to sit and read and if you are hungry, just go on stage and have yourself a “café con leche y medialuna” (the equivalent of a cappuccino and biscotti in Italy).

Libreria Ateneo, Avenida Santa Fé 1860 , Buenos Aires, www.tematika.com