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Plaza de Callao / Preciados Street. Metro: Callao 91 595 61 43

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  • El librero de San Gines
    El librero de San Gines
    by agarcia
  • The one at the airport
    The one at the airport
    by SirRichard
  • An old map
    An old map
    by SirRichard
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    Culture: The bookseller of San Gines

    by agarcia Updated May 4, 2004

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    El librero de San Gines

    San Gines second hand bookstore is a well known establishment of Madrid's centre, and as the book worm that I'm, I like to browse the books they offer from time to time, looking for something new (or second hand, who cares) to read, and for a good chat with the owner of the library, a character as notorious as the shop itself.

    What to buy: Basically, second hand books, though they also have postcards and posters of Madrid at good prices.

    What to pay: Books are less expensive than in regular stores. In the unlikely even that you'd find the prices not low enough, a little bit of bargain had never hurt anybody ;-)

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    Culture: Second Hand books market

    by SirRichard Written Jul 2, 2003

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    a view of the stalls

    This used bnooks market is located in "Cuesta de Moyano" street, between the Atocha Station and the Retiro Park.
    Is open mostly on sunday mornings, but some stands are open on weekdays too.

    What to buy: Here you can find books (most in spanish), magazines, posters, old engravures...

    What to pay: Books from 1-2 euros

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    Culture: Old Madrid maps

    by SirRichard Written Jul 2, 2003

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    An old map

    In Cuesta de Moyano, a little street between Atocha Station and the Retiro park (Metro Atocha) you can find some old Madrid maps and engravures that could make an original souvenir.
    Better on sunday mornings, when all the stands are open.

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    Culture: Museum Musei

    by SirRichard Written May 26, 2003

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    The one at the airport

    Museum Musei is a shop specialized in reproductions of museum items. Here you will find from books on Art to mugs with Goya or Velazquez paintings on it.
    There are many, I think one is at Velazquez Street, and there is one at the Barajas airport Duty Free.

    What to buy: Nice items for souvenirs, from pencils to scarfs, umbrella, creamics...

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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    FNAC (Books, CDs...)

    by SirRichard Written Dec 5, 2002

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    FNAC building in Callao

    If you are looking for Books, CD... this is the place . A huge variety, good prices and a lot of original versions. A whole building for all kinds of cultural shopping. They have a section where you can listen at top10 hits. Tickets for concerts sold here too.

    What to buy: A ggod place to buy english / french original books

    What to pay: Open on sundays too.

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    Casa de Diego: Spanish fans and umbrellas/parasols

    by fairy_dust Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    Founded in 1858, Casa de Diego is a store where they sell Spanish fans and parasols/umbrellas. You'll recognize the store because of all the fans in the window. The fans are gorgeous, even if some can be expensive. When you buy something, they also wrap it up nicely in their company wrapping paper.

    What to buy: Fans, parasols, umbrellas.

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    Culture: FNAC - Music Store

    by Danalia Written Feb 5, 2011

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    Fnac, Madrid
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    Four floors of music, CD's and books. It is a huge store, and on the top floor it's possibly to find English books as well.

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