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LGTBQ Book Shops in Barcelona

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Written by Paula

Barcelona has an excellent number of book shops where you can find books on a variety of topics.

Some book shops are directed to the public in general, while others appeal only to a certain section of the population, like book shops that specialize in traveling, book shops that specialize in visual arts, or book shops that specialize in psychology.

Today, this article by ShBarcelona is focusing on the few book shops that are specialized in LGTBQ material, selling not only books but also other items that appeal to the LGTBQ community.

Related article: Cheapest Bookstores in Barcelona


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A historic LGTBQ book shop, Cómplices has been promoting the homosexual culture for over nineteen years, playing an important part in the integration and rights equality of gays, lesbians, and transsexuals.

At Cómplices you can find books, comics, movies, magazines, and other products related to the LGTBQ world. Some of the authors represented in the shop are Lily Carmona, Alejandro Melero, Dean Spade, Mohamed Chukri, and Giorgio Bassani.

If you are interested in knowing more about Cómplice’s products, pay a visit to the store or browse their online catalog.

Cómplices is open from Monday to Saturday between 10:30 am (12 am on Saturdays) and 8 pm. The book shop is located at Carrer de Cervantes, 4, in the Gothic quarter. The best way to get there using the subway is by using lines 3 (green) or 4 (yellow), exiting at Liceu or Jaume I.

Related article: Gaycelona


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Poetry, photography, travel guides, magazines… you will find all sorts of LGTBQ publications at Antinous. Founded by Maria and Josep, Antinous has been in business for over eighteen years.  

The store is named after one of the most famous gay couples in the world, formed by roman emperor Adrian and young Antínoo. The story is romantic but tragic, given that Antínoo drowns in the Nile River when he is only 20 years old.

Antinous is also a coffee place, an area that is frequently used for book launches, where authors like Luis Antonio de Villena, Lawrence Schimel, Boris Izaguirre, Lluís Maria Todó, Alexandre Martí, and Terenci Moix have presented their new books and signed autographs.

Antinous is currently located at Carrer de Casanova 72, in the neighbourhood of Antigua Esquerra de l’Eixample. Antinous is open from Monday to Saturday between 10:30 am (12 am on the weekends) and 2 pm, and 5 p and 8:30 pm.

What is your favourite specialty book shop in Barcelona?

About the author


Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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