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Cafebrería el Péndulo
Alejandro Dumas 81, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
+52 55 5280 4111
Photo by Julie Schwietert Collazo
Sun 9am - 10pm
Mon - Wed 8am - 11pm
Thur, Fri 8am - 12am
Sat 9am - 11pm
Cafebrería El PénduloEl Péndulo elevates the café-bookstore concept exceptionally well, inviting you to linger for hours over coffee and pastries in its large, two-level cafe (there are even tables on the second floor's balcony). Books in Spanish and English line sagging shelves and sit in precarious piles on the floor, and staff will happily help you search for music or a movie from their extensive inventory of CDs and DVDs. The store has a large selection of novelty gift items, too, including journals and pens so you can document your visit. Be sure to give a nudge to the pendulum for which the store is named on your way out; suspended from the ceiling, the sand-filled, cone-shaped pendulum swings back and forth, making patterns as customers give the pendulum a gentle push.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago
Cafebrería El Pendulo - Polanco
El Péndulo has several outposts around Mexico City, but the best one is in Polanco, where a giant pendulum dangles from the ceiling, pushed back and forth by shoppers who can't resist making a bit of sand art before they look for books (in Spanish and English), magazines, CDs, DVDs, cards, and small gifts. This El Péndulo also has a restaurant and café; head upstairs for a terrace table. Grab a book and settle in for a bit of relaxation to recharge before you hit the city streets again.
about 4 years ago
Which book did Marjane Satrapi write?
The correct multiple-choice answer got us a discount at Cafebreria El Pendulo. When you order from the cafe, you get a scratchcard with a quiz related to books or music. Scratch the correct answer and you receive a discount for a purchase from the bookstore. The same works when you buy something from the bookstore but this time your right answer gets you a discount from the cafe. It's a lot of fun!