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Lovely bookstore

I visited this lovely little bookstore in Madrid because I’d run out of reading material whilst on... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Surrey1983
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LIBRERIA does not mean a library, it is a book store!

If you believe in literary serendipity, then please come in to Desperate Literature at 13 Calle... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
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28 Jul 2018
“Lovely bookstore ”
15 Jul 2018
“LIBRERIA does not mean a library, it is a book store!”
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Desperate Literature is a new international bookshop in Madrid, Spain. Along with the very best collection of used English books in the city, the shop also carries a large selection of quality books in Spanish, French and a variety of other...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Calle Campomanes 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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+34 911 88 80 89
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Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

I visited this lovely little bookstore in Madrid because I’d run out of reading material whilst on holiday. They sell quite a lot of books in English, but you can also pick up a book to help you learn Spanish. They have children’s books too....More

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Reviewed 19 July 2018

I had found this store online before my trip, and made a point of checking it out. It's a little hard to find, just below Plaza de Santo Domingo, but Calle Campomanes also leads driectly from Plaza de Isabel II (Opera Metro stop, near the...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2018

If you believe in literary serendipity, then please come in to Desperate Literature at 13 Calle Campomanes in the old part of Madrid. I earned an MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, NY so stumbling onto a bookstore is pure bliss. Yes, there is...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Superb collection of international and Spanish literature, and Spanish interest books in a beautiful small bookshop, lovingly maintained by obvious booklovers, both well-read and (most importantly) friendly! This is a must-do when in Madrid and a must-buy when in the shop, you won't come away...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I stumbled across this spot because it was just down the street from my hotel. It's tiny, which makes the wonderfully curated selection all the better. Tons of wonderful books in both English and Spanish, great guidance on selections throughout the store signage, and a...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Never found such a great atmosphere. You can longer for hours in this 15m2. Everything is just perfect! Can't wait to be back!

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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Little gem of a bookstore near Opera with a large array of books that big stores don't have. Gorgeous atmosphere and Charlotte is a delight to discuss books with. Full of character, whimsy and a neat kids reading corner that you want to steal away...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

I went to this shop looking for a rare book. Even though they didn't have it, the young Englishman there helped me find it and order it. Even though my short time in Madrid meant he didn't get the sale, he was very helpful and...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 7 April 2017

A fantastic little bookshop with an extremely well curated selection of books, first editions and signed copies. The staff is very friendly and professional. I visited during an impromptu concert inside the bookshop with red wine flowing and a great atmosphere all around.

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I have traveled all over the world and bookshops are always the first stop in any city. Desperate Literature is a terrific little bookshop. A bit like the historic Shakespeare and Company in Paris or City Lights in San Francisco. Old world bohemian feel. Very...More

Thank JJ M
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pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so
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