Barcelona's literary scene is full of life. You'll find a great variety of independent bookshops, all with their own specialties and spaces to enjoy a good-read. The following are the best places for finding books in Barcelona.

Altair bookstore on Gran Via.
Altair bookstore on Gran Via


Altaïr is a haven for those with wanderlust. In-depth guidebooks for every country along with fiction and non-fiction travel literature can be found, divided into sections by continent. With two floors packed with travel books, comfy armchairs, a café, and plenty of quiet corners, Altair is the perfect place to spend the afternoon browsing and making travel plans. You’ll also find a noticeboard where travellers advertise for companions, and a very friendly and helpful staff.

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 616, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 42 71 71

Documenta's seating area.
Documenta's seating area


Open since 1975, Documenta is a bookshop that focuses on art, literature, and human sciences. Its interesting mix of art and philosophy make it an important place for Barcelona’s literary and intellectual scene. With titles in English, Spanish, Catalan, and French, Documenta has something for everyone. In the small seating area at the back of the shop you can take part in readings, literary discussions and debates.

Carrer de Pau Claris 144, 08009 Barcelona 933 17 25 27

Children's books in Englsih at Come In.
Children's books in English at Come In

Come In

Come In is an English-focused book store that has one of the most extensive selection of English-language books in the Barcelona. One half of the store is your typical book store is filled with books of every genre – biographies, classics, latest releases, children’s books, board games and audiobooks. The other part of the store is devoted to everything needed to teach or learn English, including phrase books, self-guided books and exam preparation guides, as well as other materials for studying French, German, Spanish and Catalan.

C. de Balmes, 129 Bis, 08008 Barcelona 934 53 12 04

Re-read on Calle Muntaner.
Re-read boookstore on Calle Muntaner


With many locations around Barcelona, Re-read bookstores are a great place to recycle your books and enjoy almost-new ones at a fair price. This small independent chain is also found in Madrid and Malaga, and its biggest selling point is its reasonable prices—one book for €3, or five books for €10. The shops are organized into English, Spanish and Catalan sections, and staff is knowledgeable and ready to advise if you need some inspiration.

October 3rd, 2022

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