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).
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).