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El Ateneo

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Why locals love it

El Ateneo is stocked with every conceivable book but what makes it even more special is the fact that it was previously a theatre and has been voted (several times) as one of the most incredible bookshops in the world (including a mention in the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Why you should visit it

If you like books or not, El Ateneo is definitely something to go and marvel at. The well kept stalls, cornices and lighting is quite stunning, as well as the lines of books filling empty spaces (particularly when looking from above).

Special tip

On the "stage" is a great little cafe if you're wanting to soak up more of the bookshop over lunch or a coffee (they also have wifi).

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Ex Theatre but now converted in a library, worth it!
October 27, 2018
A fabulous place. The most beautiful bookshop in the world. No argument!
February 22, 2018
One of best libraries in the world
January 6, 2018
August 8, 2017
It is amazing as a show-place but as bookstore we, locals, don´t cater there since the sellers don´t know about books and the "owners" either
June 1, 2019

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