blog shmadrid castellano   blog shmadrid
Good to know

English Language Books in Madrid

old books
Written by Laurence

Anyone who has travelled, and lived in a foreign country will know that at some stage, they just need to escape into their own, familiar language. The beauty of the unknown and unfamiliar manifests as the Spanish language in signs, advertisements, television, contracts, paperwork and music.

But there are times when trying to decipher the Spanish language can become overwhelming. If the few books you brought with you from home have been read and read again, then it might just be time to start exploring some of Madrid’s English bookshops.

Luckily, ShMadrid knows that there are several, and those in need of an English-fix can find novels, literature, and just about everything else. If you’re willing to avoid the megastores, a Saturday afternoon rummaging through a secondhand bookstore can be just the tonic that’s needed.

Related article: Top 5 Secondhand Bookshops in Madrid

Where to buy English language books in Madrid

J & J Books and Coffee

busy interior bookstore with man bending over to check book

Photo via Pixabay

A Madrid institution, J&J Books is a great place to browse search for used English books. It’s also a great place to hang out at the bar for a coffee or a cerveza with other perusing expats.

The bookstore is actually underground level, giving a great dungeon-like atmosphere in which to lose oneself.

Address: Calle Espiritu Santo, 47

Custa de Moyano

Located just out front of the Prado museum is the Cuesta de Moyano, a tradition book market which is sure to delight reading enthusiasts. Whilst there are no stalls exclusively devoted to English language books, there are certainly plenty of individual books to be found.

Keep an eye out for classics and rare titles, collector’s items, as well as an abundance of poetry and art books.

Address: Calle Claudio Moyano, 19

Related article: A Bookworm’s Guide to Madrid

Casa del Libro

woman going through a book page by page

Photo via Pixabay

This one is part of a chain, but it is a key to sourcing not only English language books, but also those all important books on language and language learning. There are endless resources for learning Spanish, not just books, but also games and interactive media.

If you’re wanting to delve into some English, but also maintain your Spanish language studies, Casa del Libro is a one stop shop!

Address: there are several Casa del Libro locations in Madrid

Libreria Berkana (Gay and Lesbian)

A Chueca landmark for many decades, and at the forefront of  gay and lesbian literature, Libreria Berkana has everything necessary for gay & lesbian readers – fiction, history, photography, gifts and more.

Spend some time browsing, as most titles are available in English. You’ll find that this friendly store has something to offer every reader, while at the same time upholding a proud place in the heart of the history of gay and lesbian Madrid.

Address: Calle Hortaleza, 62

These are just a few of the best and most interesting places to source English language books.

Do you have a favourite bookstore in Madrid?

About the author


Laurence is an Australian expat, who has been living in Europe for about 10 years.

Leave a Comment