Café de la Luz, a café on the border of Malasaña, Chueca and Gran Via
A few years ago, when I was finishing up a Masters in Spanish Literature, I was looking all over the place for cafés and places to study that had free internet access. I know, its very American of me, but I seem to work better in a café with a good cup of coffee by my side. At the time, I was very frustrated because it seemed that the best I could manage was Starbucks, or a café near my house that didn’t have Wi-Fi. Now that my Masters degree is behind me, I have found a number of great little places that fit the bill. My newest discovery?Café de la Luz at the border between Malasaña, Chueca and Gran Via. This little haven is worth seeking out!
Café de la Luz is located only a stone´s throw from Gran Via, and when some fellow bloggers told us about it, we were eager to check out this hidden gem. There is free internet access, and you can sit and chat or work on your laptop for as long as you like. Best of all? They give you miniature cookies with your coffee! It was love at first latte. What’s more, the locale is very homey with wooden floors, and mismatched furniture, but always great music and a relaxed atmosphere.
The café is very open and airy, with huge windows on one side, and the space is very well distributed allowing for lots of little corners, so you feel like you are sitting in someone´s living room. There are seats at the bar, as well, and you can order snacks, as well as smoothies, soft drinks, and coffee. In short, there is something for everyone. We arrived around five in the afternoon and had no problems getting a table, but people began to filter in around six. Regardless, the atmosphere is so relaxed that you might find yourself staying awhile.
I think the thing I liked most about Café de la Luz was the fact that it still felt a bit undiscovered. A lot of the cafés in Malasaña tend to fill up fast. It is a great neighborhood with lots to offer, and as a result, lots of people meet friends in and around the Plaza 2 de Mayo. The advantage to the Café de la Luz is that it’s a bit farther off the beaten path, and thus not so full that you can´t find a table on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
One of the walls in Café de la Luz is painted to be like a chalkboard, and people have written all kind of messages. Lots of people seem to agree with us that this place is special. We ruskommend (along with all those people who´ve left messages on the wall) the Café de la Luz with 5 boquerones. This is a place that is perfect to relax with friends, be inspired to write, read a good book, or just enjoy a good cup of coffee. A classic Rusko destination that is not to be missed.