Bookstore cum cafe-bar restaurant in Madrid
J&J Books and Coffee allows avid book readers to browse at their own convenience as well as grab a cup of coffee.
J&J Books and Coffee is a bookstore/coffee shop that stems from a dream.
Open in December 2003 by American Jamie Poole and her Spanish husband Javi Sanz, the idea of setting up a bookstore came about as Jamie missed the idea of curling up in a chair with a mocha and several books to read.
The couple then went to the States where they bought thousands of second-hand books in preparation for their bookstore.
Some visitors may also find it interesting to know that the two storey bookshop was also once home to a Chinese restaurant, then an Arabic one, and finally a topless bar before being converted to its present look today.
In addition to coffee and books, visitors can also participate in regular activities: intercambio night (English-Spanish language exchange), Margarita Mondays, pub quizzes, Trivia Night or Teacher Night organised by the shop.
J&J Books and Coffee
Address: calle Espíritu Santo, 47 - 28004 Madrid
Tel: 91 521 85 76
Open Monday through Thursday 11am - Midnight, Friday 11am - 2am, Saturdays 11am to Midnight, and Sundays 4pm - 10pm. The shop is open during lunch hours.
host: Jamie Poole, co-owner of J&J Books and Coffee
video / text: Mocaenboca TV / Expatica 2009
photos credit: J&J Books and Coffee
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