If you have the hankerin’ to read some books in English, the friendly folks at J & J Books and Coffee will be more than happy to help out. The homey cafe/pub on the street level has seats at one of the small tables or the bar. Here you can chat, browse books, connect to the Internet (wi-fi) or play board games. Some might be relieved to know that there is no video screen present to turn otherwise friendly patrons in TV zombies. In place of sports or videos, J & J offers a range of more engaging activities such as intercambio evenings and pub-quiz nights. (Intercambios: Wed – Fri 8 to 11; pub: quiz Fri 11)
Downstairs J & J has an impressive used-book collection featuring sections from sci-fi to children’s books, non-fiction to romance and TESL materials to classics. The books are reasonably priced and punch cards are available encouraging you to come back.
J & J Books and Coffee
Espiritu Santo, 47
Metro: Noviciado (but a ten-minute walk from Tribunal, Callao and Banco España)
Mon – Thurs 11-midnight, Fri – Sat 11-2, Sun 4 – 10 (Please note: hours may be seasonal)
T: 91 521 85 76