Distinct hangout spots in the City of Lights such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum etc. are probably covered by tourists and the Parisians on Paris walking tours. Below compiles bookstores for those on Paris tours on foot. Do check them out if you want to read coffee table books or indulge in casual reading on a lazy day in Paris city.
Shakespeare and Company
Your first-time visit to Paris would be complete only if you pay a visit to this famous bookstore on Paris’s left bank and opposite to the Notre Dame. Both Parisians as well as foreigners walk into the bookstore to read and explore varied collections from the bard. In fact, that makes Shakespeare and Company a landmark site in Paris city.
Established in Paris in 1801, Librairie Galignani is believed to be one of the oldest English language bookstores in Europe. The Librairie Galignani started publishing since sixteenth century onward and remains to be an integral part of Paris’s literary prospect. Librairie Galignani resides on rue de Rivoli Street in Paris.
Comme un Roman
The independent bookstore resides in upper Marais, on the third arrondissement on Rue de Bretagne, to be precise. French for “Like a Novel”, Comme un Roman sells French books that cover a varied range of topics including history, culture, arts, travel books, as well as magazines.
Bouquinistes of Paris
If you have a craving for paperbacks, the riverside Bouquinistes is worth visiting in Paris city, even though they are not technically a bookstore but street stalls. In fact, booksellers ply trade from Pont Marie to the Quai du Louvre on the right bank and aside the left bank of the River Seine.
The Bouquinistes of Paris sells antiquarian books, old magazines, stamps, as well as dailies in broad daylight. It is the City of Lights after all, the same metropolitan city wherein Patricia from Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” sold the New York Herald Tribune in the 1960s.
In fact, you could go to the Bouquinistes of Paris and find the dailies albeit English dailies or French when you are on Paris tours on foot. The city bustles through in a rapid pace, thanks to this pastime activity for one and all.