Cuesta de Moyano, located near Madrid’s famous Retiro Park, holds immense significance for book lovers in the city. This charming cobblestone street is lined with a row of quaint bookstalls that have been a literary institution since the early 20th century (1925 is considered the year of its foundation). The street’s enduring appeal lies in its role as a haven for book enthusiasts, offering a diverse selection of new and secondhand books, including rare and out-of-print editions.
Cuesta de Moyano serves as a cultural oasis where visitors can explore literature, engage in literary discussions, and discover hidden literary treasures. It has been a gathering place for writers, poets, and intellectuals for generations, fostering a vibrant intellectual community. The street’s unique ambiance and its historical significance make it an essential stop for anyone passionate about literature and a testament to Madrid’s rich literary heritage. It remains a cherished destination that celebrates the enduring love affair between Madrid and its books.
Sunday mornings are perfect for a stroll up and down Cuesta de Moyano, most locals enjoy visiting the stalls during the weekend and make this visit part of their stroll around Retiro Park.
If what you are after are those out-of-print, hard-to-find discontinued titles, Cuesta de Moyano is most likely your best chance to find them.
Know Before You Go
The Cuesta de Moyano booths are open from Monday to Sunday. The hours are difficult to summarize since each bookstore has its own opening hours. But between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. you will always find most booths open.