It's probably not cool to say this: but Fnac isn't brilliant. I understand that it's a massive multi-national and it's probably contributing to the demise of small retailers across Europe. But...there's just so much stuff, and it's all in one place.
Spread across multiple floors of books, DVDs, comics, music, stationary and electronics, this place was a paradise for me. I could have lived in the little reading area between the books and music section quite happily.
Prices are decent enough, roughly in line with the high street. But it's really just a joy to wander around. Located in the bustling Sol shopping district, it's a great spot for gifts for the discerning nerd in your life.
A place where you can find books, music, games
Your staff will advise and resolve all your doubts. I love this store.
To be honest I generally prefer taking my business to smaller, independent stores, any one of them that specializes in books, music, electronics and the like. And I have little excuse because there are quite a few of these book, music and electronic stores in Madrid. But the fact of the matter is that FNAC in Callao plaza is very convenient. It's right in the middle of one of Madrid's primary shopping hotspots. And, you can kill many birds with one stone, if you like, because you have something like 5 (maybe more) floors of cultural offerings to choose from. Back in the day I used to spend my idle Sunday afternoons drinking coffee in their cafe and perusing their great magazine section (now defunct) and then heading up to the music section to buy myself a new release cd, something classic, more obscure or several cds from their great specially priced cd section (average 7 Eur!!!). And though I miss the cafe and magazines, I still come here to check out their music selection and over the years I've found that it has gotten increasingly better. Some new releases are way too expensive though, even the non-special editions. But, chances are that if you've read somewhere about the latest critically acclaimed release or reissue you're going to find it here. And, if you are willing to wait a few months until the buzz dies down or until the band blows through for a concert, the price of the cd will go down considerably, like 4 or 5 euros.
I also like to shop the art book and coffee book and cookbook sections. They do have a nice variety in each. And they have a fantastic selection of English and French language books, classics and bestsellers.
Basically, FNAC is a great place to browse and to gift oneself or others.
Great place for a wide range of CDs, books, DVDs, and various other bits and bobs. I loved coming here for English language books at stupidly cheap prices; I think I bought Three Men in a Boat for 2 euros or something, which is a bargain. It has several floors and is well laid out, although can get crowded and so can take a while to get through the checkouts. Still, a good place for a homesick Brit.
check out the english books and DVDs if you're a brit abroad pining for the mother language. nice seating area on one of the book levels where you can just sit down and read for as long as you like. the tills are a bit annoying, they'
re mostly all together in a quite narrow space. for bargain books go to casa del libro off Gran via (just past the main C del L building on a sidestreet).
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