5 memorable bookstores in Barcelona

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.

books at La Central store

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.

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3) Jaimes

The city’s French bookstore. Whether you’re looking for a pocket to read on the beach, the latest literary sensation from France, a thriller or a bande dessinée (comic), this is the place to be. Very pleasant staff and a long list of activities -- check the website.

Interior of Jaimes bookshop

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 secondhand 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.

shop interior of book store Come In in Barcelona

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