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La Central

Shopping, Bookshops Sol
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
La Central
©A.M.L. La Central

Occupying a 19th-century mansion house in the heart of Madrid, La Central is a bookshop with 70,000 volumes on philosophy, history, social science and literature, including a good selection of books in English. It’s much less generic and commercial than the nearby FNAC and Casa del Libro, and has a café-restaurant (El Bistro) and a cocktail bar (El Garito), as well as a varied programme of cultural activities.


Venue name: La Central
Address: Postigo de San Martín, 8
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30m-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-9.30pm
Transport: Sol (M: L1, L2, L3)
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It was by pure coincidence that we popped into La Central in Madrid, actually just looking for a toilet we found our favourite shop in the city. Full of arty things, beautifully designed gifts and postcards, the books weren't actually our priority but as a group of illustrators we couldn't resist a quick browse of the kids stories section. Here we found books so beautiful, it was as though each one had been hand selected for its looks. Although this shop really pleased our inner designer/artist selves, there really was something in this shop for everybody, whatever their tastes or language. And it's also an incredible place to pick up a unique and beautiful gift and support artists whilst doing so!