5 memorable bookstores

1) La Central

There are several La Central stores across town, but we’re recommending this one because of its pleasant cafe upstairs, with a terrace and excellent pastries. The ground floor has a more than decent English literature section. All the other sections (art, philosophy, science, history...) will have a fair selection of English-language books scattered among the Spanish ones, so do browse: La Central is the most complete bookstore in town.

2) Freaks

Three stores for the price of one. From left to right: a store with books on movies plus a collection of black & white and weird movies; a comic book and graphic novel store; and a bookstore about every thinkable kind of design and the art of tattoos.

old comic books

3) Laie CCCB

The Centre for Contemporary Culture has a singular bookstore: it specializes in art, philosophy, graphic novels and hard-to-find magazines. Don’t buy
novels here: the literature section is too small for that. You can also find dozens, possibly hundreds of quirky items here, from robot penholders to an ice cube mould that produces ice cubes in the shape of 80s videogame characters. Highbrow and quirky, all in one.

Laei CCB bookstore

4) Taifa

This Gràcia bookstore is located almost right next to Cinema Verdi, which explains why it has so many books about movies and, to a lesser degree,
about theatre. There’s a big selection of Spanish-language literature in affordable pockets and a second-hand section in the back. Loveable.

Taifa bookstore

5) Come In - Libreria Inglesa

Best English bookstore in town (not that there’s a lot of competition in that field), with literature, art, children’s books, teaching books, dictionaries and board games.

Libreria Inglesa bookstore

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