There are many wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes where you can relax and unwind when you visit Madrid. But for many a visit to this city would not be complete without spending time in one of its many cafe-bookshops.
Below we take a look at what we feel are the top 5 cafe-bookshops in Madrid that would be worth spending time exploring.
1. La Infinito
You’ll find this particular cafe bookshop Madrid tucked away in one of the quieter areas, known as Anton Martin and Lavapiés. This bohemian cafe is full of books that will keep you enthralled for quite some time.
It feels like you are walking into the lounge of some interesting musician journalist. It is the sort of place where you can let your inner bookworm out. Why not head here for breakfast as prices are reasonable. For example a bowl of cereal with yoghurt and fruit, some juice, tea and toast with nutella costs just 4.5 Euros.
But it isn’t all about the books you can enjoy musicians here as well as they perform on its little glass stage.
2. La Bicicleta
Located in the heart of a part of the city known as Malasana. This place is quite cosy because of the mixture of seating provided. It isn’t only a place where you can relax but also the perfect place to work or study. With its mellow music and chilled out staff it is the perfect spot to while away a few hours.
As for its cafe it offers a good selection of teas, coffees and juices. Plus the menu of pastries, salads and sandwiches are reasonably priced.
3. Librería La Central de Callao
You’ll find this one just a short distance from El Corte Ingles on Madrid’s Gran Via. Within its 3 floors you can there are over 70,000 volumes to peruse through. So being able to buy book in Madrid shouldn’t prove difficult when you visit this one.
It also has a cool bistro that is open until midnight most nights. Here you have a great selection of savoury treats and pastries to select from. Also in the evenings you can enjoy a glass of wine with a few of the treats it has to offer.
4. La Fugitiva
This cafe bookshop is to be found behind Mercado Anton Martin. If you are looking for something a little more tranquil then this is where you should be heading. It has a good selection of books in every language and is a home away from home for you bookworms.
But what makes this place so special is the cafe with is its centrepiece. It helps to create a cosy library like atmosphere and will help you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Fare on offer is limited but is still good. Here you can enjoy some great cakes as well as some lovely teas or coffees.
5. Tipos Infames
You’ll find this just off Calle Fuencarral in the city’s Malasaña district. It is one of the most trendy of cafe bookshops in the city and also has a wine bar. It is definitely a favourite place with locals.
With lots of spacious seating and high ceilings this one is much more light and airy. This is the perfect place for you to go with your friends to catch up or to do a spot of studying or reading.
When it comes to food it’s more about the wine and on Sundays there is live music before lunchtime begins.