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Language bookstores

Written by Christine

Walking down the streets of Barcelona you can hear many languages being spoken all at once. If you want to brush up on your language skills there are many bookstores across the city that specialize in books in foreign languages. You can find books in English, French, Italian and more, so let’s get reading!

Alibrí Llibreria

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Alibrí has a long history, beginning as a publishing company in 1801 and expanding to later become a bookstore in 1925, and has stores in cities all over the world. Here you can find a wide variety of books across various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and textbooks. Alibrí carries books in several languages so you can easily find books in common languages like English and French. Stop by the store located in the heart of Eixample or check out their website for an online catalog of all the books offered.

Address: Carrer de Balmes, 26

Come In Llibreria Anglesa

Come In is a bookstore that specializes in books in English, but also carries board games and educational toys in the same language so that even the smallest readers can get a head start in learning or practicing the language. This bookstore has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction books sure to please fans of any genre, and it also has a collection of language textbooks to help you learn and practice a new language. You can shop the online store or browse the racks in the store in Eixample.

Address: Carrer de Balmes, 129-Bis

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BCN Books

BCN Books is a large bookstore with two locations in Barcelona, both which carry books in English. You can find many resources here for language-learning, so you can pick up some materials to help you with whatever language it is that you want to practice. Most notably, this store carries travel guides and history books in English, so you can get to know more about Barcelona and Catalonia.

Address: Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 118

Llibreria Jaimes

Llibreria Jaimes is a French bookstore that has had a place in Barcelona since 1941, offering the best of French literature to the city. Here you can find books on a range of topics, from philosophy to classic literature to books for young readers. Check out the website or visit the store to look at the calendar of events, such as sales or expositions. This is a great way to brush up on your French or become more immersed in French culture.

Address: Carrer de València, 318

Llibreria Italiana Le Nuvole

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Le Nuvole is the place to go to if you’re looking for books in Italian. Here you can find books for all ages and there is even a kids corner for little ones to curl up with a good book and read. Le Nuvole is a great place to hang out if you speak Italian or if you want to learn since there are workshops, movie nights, and other activities in Italian every month so that you can practice the language. Stop in for a visit to see what activities and events are going on!

Address: Carrer de Sant Lluís, 11

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Hibernian Books

Hibernian Books is unique because it has a book exchange program where you can bring in your old books that you don’t want anymore and receive store credit towards your next purchase. Hibernian carries both new and secondhand books in good condition, mostly in English. If you dig through the shelves, you might be able to find some books in German, French, Dutch, or other languages. Located in Gràcia, this bookstore is definitely worth a visit for all book lovers.

Address:Carrer del Montseny, 17

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Christine

Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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