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Ocho y medio – A café for film buffs

Ocho y medio is paradise for film buffs. It’s a bookshop, a café, and a publishing house, as well as a place where there are sometimes courses, monologues and musical evenings. It’s right across the road from a couple of small, independent cinemas, which makes it the perfect place for a coffee beforehand while you anticipate the film, or a drink afterwards to discuss your reactions.

They have a large selection of books about cinema, in many languages, as well as film-scripts, memorabilia, and gift items. They even have a small range of clothing to browse through. Don’t forget to check out their window displays, which are always themed on a recent film.

The menu is limited, but in my opinion they got it just right. They have a nice range of small snacks, and drinks – see how many film references you can find in the list! They do really nice cappuccinos. My favourite is the one with orange rind – very refreshing.

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c/Martin de los Heros, 11, Madrid

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Opening Times

Mon 13:30 - 22:00, Tue - Sat 12:30 - 22:30, Sun 16:00 - 22:30


Cappuccino: € 2.50

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)