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“El Bistro de la Central” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Central de Callao

La Central de Callao
Postigo de San Martin 8, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
34 917 909 930
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Ranked #359 of 1,404 things to do in Madrid
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“El Bistro de la Central”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This cafe was excellent for breakfast--the service was great. The breakfast and coffee delicious. And it was set in a bookshop, which made it quiet yet full of life.

Visited April 2015
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Weinheim, Germany
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“One of the best in downtown Madrid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After walking around downtown Madrid for several days and visiting many bookshops in the area, I can now confidently say that La Central de Callao is one of the very best (the first place would go, without a doubt, to Casa del Libro on Gran Vía though). La Central de Callao has a very nice selection of books, alongside with some stationary, toys, souvenirs, etc. The place is also located close to some touristic attractions and has a coffee shop (with free wifi but slow service) next to it. Compared to many other bookshops in the area, this place doesn´t only have a wide selection of books; it´s also quite big and clean but somewhat expensive.

Visited February 2015
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Ibiza, Spain
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“Amzing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Should you love books and everything around them, you have to go there. It is not just about books, it is also a wonderful experience. Outside it is a really magnificient building and inside you can let you lead through the different signs in there...you can even have lunch or dinner or just a kappa coffe. They organise various events too. Simply a visit worth, in the city centre. One of the most beautiful bookshops I've ever visited.

Visited November 2014
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Lawrence, Kansas
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“Relaxing Café and bookstore in central Madrid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

La Central located in a busy shopping area of Madrid combines bookstore/café with success. The café offers a variety: sandwiches, pastries, wonderful coffee, lunch and dinner option. I found it an oasis from the bustle of Madrid. The service is relaxed, friendly, helpful. The wifi is free and reliable. And the food is very tasty, although a bit expensive. But the location, its decoration, relaxing environment, and bookstore are worth it. It became a definite choice for m.

Visited July 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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“Books and bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

What I like the most about this bookstore and bistro is its location in a pretty magnificent old building, the looks and rooms and stairs of which have been preserved to create a really nice space. It is a bookstore but one may as well be visiting a "house", what with the rooms looking like they must have back when the building was a actually a regal home. Very friendly staff, and the bistro is cute and well serviced. It's smack next to the Callao square so you don't have to get out of your way to visit.

Visited May 2014
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