Okay, so Granada isn’t Madrid, and it’s not really just a day trip from the capital either. But I’ve been there, so it seemed appropriate to visit a couple of shops there. This post is in no way a comprehensive guide, there are several other geek shops in town, but maybe I’ll visit some of them next time.
Outside can be found on Calle Caldereros, in the centre of the city. It’s a part clothing store and part geek store. If you think of those shops in Madrid that basically just have a bunch of cool t-shirts (many of which are geeky), then think of one of those shops that sell sneakers and other Vans stuff, then you think of the merchandise that you might find at a large comic shop. Putting all that together you have Outside.
It’s a pretty good selection of merch, plus a bunch of clothes, shoes, etc. that I’d happily wear. If I lived in Granada, this might be where I shopped for part of my outfit.
Open: 10:30-14:00 & 17:30-21:00 Mon-Fri, 11:00-21:00 Sat-Sun.
A couple of minutes stroll from Outside, on Calle Alhóndiga, lies Friking. This is also a mix of clothes and merch, but it’s got a little less variety. There’s probably a slightly more extensive selection of t-shirts, and it’s as good for things like backpacks and hoodies, but there’s not the footwear Outside has.
There seems to be less in the way of non-clothing items too.
Not a bad store, but I think (for me, based on one visit to each) Outside gets my vote.
Open: 10:00-13;30 & 17:00-20:30 Mon-Fri, 11:00-14:00 & 17:30-20:30 Sat
Also on Calle Alhóndiga, this is basically a toy shop and kids games store.
I’m giving it a mention though because it’s got a small selection of good family games. If you’re expecting a great games store, you’ll be disappointed, but if you have young-ish kids, this is a place that will have both toys they might like and games you might like.
Open: 10:00-14:00 & 17:00-20:30 Mon-Sat
Located on Calle Cruz, Dune is a proper comic shop. There’s a pretty good comics selection here, with both American and European titles represented well, along with a couple of bookcases full of manga. Looks like a bookcase of second-hand stuff on the staircase as well.
There’s also a couple of shelves of RPGs, and some gaming accessories and paints, plus a few tabletop games. Add in a small amount of merch, and you’ve got a pretty nice store.
Open: 11:00-14:00 & 17:30-21:00 Mon-Sat.
Also on Calle Cruz, and almost opposite Dune Comics, lies Freakmondo.
This is a games store with a good selection of different tabletop games. No RPGs (but they’re available across the street) and not really any wargames, but plenty of board games and card games, including a small TCG section.
There’s also a reasonably good merch selection, including K-pop as well as the more normal manga/anime and gaming stuff. Plus, there’s an arcade machine for you to play on while mulling over what game to buy.
There’s a decent-sized section of Hama beads here too, which seems a little out of place given they’re the only craft materials in the shop.
All in all, it’s an excellent little games shop, though.
Open: 10:30-14:00 & 17:30-20:30 Mon-Sat.
La Tienda de los Unicornios
A little further along Calle Cruz, there’s a cafe with a small games selection. It was full the evening we went past though, so I can’t comment on the food and drink.
It looked like they had a good selection of teas and infusions, plus some excellent looking cakes. So, combined with it being so close to two good geek stores and only a minute or so from a bar that does a fantastic ‘spicy chicken livers’ tapa, I imagine we’ll visit it next time we’re in Granada.
Open: 09:30-22:00 Mon-Sun.
Okay, so that’s all the geeky places I managed to visit on this trip to Granada, but next time I’ll update it with any revisions or new stuff I get to. Apologies to 9 Alquerque, Librería Picasso, Cómic Stores, El Bazar de Iglesias, War Lotus, and any other places I don’t know about. Hopefully I’ll get round to visiting you next time I’m in town.