5 Emblematic Literary Cafés

Before leaving us for a couple of years to complete his PhD at Columbia University in Spanish Literature … our guide David Mejia wants to share with us his favorite Bookstores and Cafés. This is his post:

Madrid is a city with a long literary tradition: neighborhoods, for centuries occupied by writers, nineteenth century cafes and emblematic bookstores.If you come to Madrid, bring a book. Here is a list the cafes with the best atmosphere to read:

cafe-gijon-406x315Café Comercial  Wonderful decadence

Café Gijón,Pure tradition

Café Barbieri, Classicism in the most cosmopolitan quartier

Mama FramboiseCafé de Oriente, In front of the Royal Palace; wonderful terrace

Mama Framboise, For those who enjoy good pastries

Café Manuela :in Malasaña with young atmosphere, board games and group conversations.


If you forgot your book, here is a list of wonderful bookstore with great coffee shops.



Círculo de Bellas Artes, Alcalá St.#42

The Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid (CBA) is a private, not-for-profit cultural institution. It opened its doors in in 1880. It has exhibition rooms, a cinema, a theatre, concert halls, lecture halls, artists’ workshops and of course, a library and a cafeteria. From the terrace  you’ll enjoy the best views of Madrid

La Buena Vida, Vergara Sr #10

By the Royal Palace, small bookstore, small cofee shop, very cozy place. Great for comic lovers!

La Central, Postigode San Martín #8

Three story library on a wonderful restored building. Great restaurant and great canteen in the basement!

Tipo infames, San Joaquín #3

In the famous Malasaña quartier, Madrid’s personal Soho, you’ll find this library specialized in fiction. Don’t forget to try the wine! ENJOY

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