Café Gijón

Coordinates: 40°25′20.35″N 3°41′32.09″W / 40.4223194°N 3.6922472°W / 40.4223194; -3.6922472

Exterior wood façade of Café Gijón
Paseo de Recoletos, The café is on the left
A scene from the café on display in the nearby wax museum

Café Gijón (Also known as Gran Café de Gijón) is a culturally significant Coffeehouse[1] situated at No. 21,[2] in the principal boulevard of central Madrid, Spain, which is known as Paseo de Recoletos. The café is opposite both a railway station of the same name and the National Library of Spain (BNE). The terrace in front is on the central walkway of the Paseo.


It was established on 15 May 1888 by Gumersindo Gómez[3] (possibly Gunmersindo García).[1] and despite modest beginnings, after the Spanish Civil War it became a meeting-place for intellectuals, writers and artists collectively known as Generation of '36.


These were some of the more famous regular meetings or discussions:

Famous Patrons

Café Gijón Prize

El Premio Café Gijón[4] is an annual Spanish literary award for an outstanding novel. The idea, conceived in 1949 by Fernando Fernán Gómez, Gerardo Diego, Camilo José Cela, Enrique Jardiel Poncela and other leaders of the Tertulias was to promote those meetings and to create an independent prize to compete with Nadal Prize, which was organised by commercial publishers.

Although the award was originally managed by the Café Gijón, and is now financed by the tourism agency of the northern port city of Gijón in (Asturias, it is only concerned with the spread of quality literature and the promotion of authors whose work may not otherwise be published for lack of funds. Although winners receive no financial prize, the award attracts considerable media attention which promotes both the winning authors and of course the sponsors of the prize.


  1. 1 2 Antonio Espina, «Las tertulias de Madrid», Madrid, Alianza, 1995
  2. José Esteban,Blanca Mena,Pilar Mateos,Marta Menacho Julián Marcos, Mariano Tudela, (2002), «El libro del Café Gijón»,Madrid
  3. Angel del Río López, (2003), «Los viejos cafés de Madrid», Ed. Madrid, ISBN 978-84-95889-46-1
  4. See: es:Premio Café Gijón
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