Study Spots

At first glance, Madrid is full of museums, restaurants, boutiques, bars, and discotecas… but where are the cafés and coffee houses?

In a city with so many Spanish and international students, academics, business people, etc., there must be some hidden study and work spots, right? Even study abroad students need more options than Starbucks! In fact, Madrid has many hidden gems: quirky, stylish, grungy, hip, gourmet…. Here are just a few of the spots where you’ll see people drinking coffee and reading, working on their laptops, etc. Many double as book stores, concert venues, art galleries, etc., so you can always find more than a café con leche to inspire and intrigue you. All have wifi.

Click here for info about some of the libraries and here for info about internet spots.

Important Notes:

  • Madrid has a significant amount of nonviolent pickpocket crime so always watch any bags you have with you especially on the Metro and in busier public spaces.
  • It is important for your safety to avoid falling asleep in public, which can leave you particularly vulnerable to thefts.
  • Distraction can often be used to block vision while a pickpocketing or theft attempt is made.

Some recommendations from students in the past:

Barrio de Malasaña



La Bicicleta Gallery & Cycling Café
Plaza San Ildefonso, 9

Tipos Infames – Libros y Vinos
Calle San Joaquín, 3

LOLINA Vintage Store Café
Calle Espíritu Santo, 9

El Anónimo Bar & Café
Calle Escorial, 3

J & J Books and Coffee
Calle Espíritu Santo, 47

Café de la Luz
Calle Puebla, 8


Barrio de Chueca

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La Revoltosa
Plaza del Rey, 4

La Tita Rivera
Calle Pérez Galdós, 4

Calle Hortaleza, 3

Mercado de San Antón (terraza)
Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24

Barrio de Lavapiés


La Tabacalera
Calle Embajadores, 53

Atelier Café de la Llana
Calle Embajadores, 26