Bookbars in Antón Martín and Lavapiés

By | 26 November, 2014 | 0 comments

La FugitivaMadrid’s most hipster scene is being cooked in a series of places known as librebares, bookbars, some sort of cafe/bookstore with multiple possibilities. Book clubs, book presentations, photography exhibitions, comic-book talks and poetry recitals take place within its walls. Let’s see some of the more interesting ones.

One of the most beloved ones by its loyal clientele is La Fugitiva, in the area of Antón Martín (Calle Santa Isabel, 7, a few hundred yards away from our youth hostel in the centre of Madrid). There is a large amount of plug sockets and no music, as well as free Wi-Fi, so it is perfect for those who wish to sit there for hours on their computer without the waiter bothering them every five minutes for another drink. Furthermore, the attentive Clea will be delighted to join you for a chat. When she offers you one of the homemade cakes, such as the vegan chocolate cake, make sure you take her up on her offer. Also, the Ayurvedic and Pakistani teas are delicious.

Without going too far, we come across Calle Tres Peces number 22: La Infinito. A modern atmosphere, different types of teas and interesting types of brunch, ideal to order on a relaxing Saturday morning reading the morning’s newspapers that are available on site. They also have many different books available for clients. Tranquillity, good feng shui and, inside, you can also ask for the different activities that they organise.

La Marabunta, a few yards away from La Infinito, on Calle Torrecilla del Leal, 32, is somewhat more informal than the aforementioned Infinito but it is more focused on literature: in fact, it is a store and you can have a look at the books you can later buy while you have a coffee. Could there be a more interesting process?

We conclude our route in the new store Swinton & Grant, on Calle Miguel Servet, 21: an art gallery, comic-book store and pleasant decoration that welcome you to spend a long time in here before you carry on with your cultural plan, such as a visit to La Tabacalera next door.

Categories: Madrid Cultura

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