Ateneo Científico, Literario y Artístico de Madrid
Calle de Cervantes 2
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616), the author of Don Quijote, spent much of his adult life in Madrid and lived and died at Calle...
Casa de Lope de Vega
Lope de Vega may be little known outside the Spanish-speaking world, but he was one of the greatest playwrights ever to write in...
This classy and clean-lined bar is a temple to Nordic minimalism and comes into its own after the Scandinavian restaurant out the back...
This charming Italian place is part cafe and part bar. The small range of pasta on offer is well priced and filled with subtle flavours....
Calle del Prado 21 · interesting places nearby
Ateneo Científico, Literario y Artístico de Madrid information
Nestled away in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras, this venerable club of learned types was founded in 1821, although the building took on its present form in 1884. Its library and meetings of the great minds prompted Benito Pérez Galdós to describe it as the most important ‘intellectual temple’ in Madrid and a reference point for the thriving cultural life of the Barrio de las Letras. It’s not generally open to the public, but no one seems to mind if you wander into the foyer, which is lined with portraits of terribly serious-looking fellows. They may even let you amble upstairs to the library, a jewel of another age, with dark timber stacks, weighty tomes and creakily quiet reading rooms dimly lit with desk lamps.