Café Gijón

Paseo de Recoletos 21 Madrid


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Most travelers remember Gijón for its picturesque terrace along the Paseo de Recoletos, but the café also has a fascinating literary history. In its heyday, it hosted frequent tertulias, informal discussion groups in which the day’s leading thinkers and artists, including Federico Garcia Lorca, Orson Welles, Salvador Dalí and even Mata Hari, gathered to debate politics and philosophy. Although Gijón’s modern-day customers tend to be local businessmen and tourists rather than literati, it is still a nice place to sip an espresso – but there are better places to have a meal.

Written by Henley Vazquez

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