The Best Bookstores in Paris

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Paris is a city of delightful locations and lavish lifestyle. However, it is also a great place for book lovers to quench their thirst for good reads. Below are some of the best bookstores to check out during your private Paris tours.

Shakespeare and Company

One of the iconic bookstores in Paris, Shakespeare and Company is associated with an elaborate history of literature. Many legendary names have navigated through its labyrinth of bookshelves. It is located in the 5th arrondissement alongside a café. There are several alcoves, book passages, and reading rooms within the store, and it is ideal for any bibliophile to spend a peaceful day reading in one of its corners. It has been an inspirational location for several travelers, writers, and readers for more than a few generations.

Le Gai Rossignol

This is a unique bookstore where you can find books regarding architecture, interior design, photography, and fashion design. A special attraction to find here is the elaborate collection of cookbooks. It is situated between Rue de Rivoli and Centre Pompidou in the 3rd arrondissement and is a perfect getaway for all the book lovers out there.

Whsmith

This is a renowned English bookstore located on the 1st arrondissement. This place is ideal to visit if you are taking a Private Louvre museum tour, and is convenient to visit since they stay open every day of the week. There are different categories of books available here such as fiction, English language-teaching department, and non-fiction. The store holds a whopping 500 titles with a large collection of international ones, and there is a dedicated children’s department too.

Taschen

Operated by the publisher Taschen, this bookstore offers a wide variety of volumes to the bibliophiles. It is located in the 6th arrondissement and has books that cover topics like pop culture, style, architecture, design, music, cinema, fashion, and travel. So you can easily find the books of your interest here regardless of what your taste is. All the books are neatly decorated on coffee tables and the interiors, which further create quite a beautiful ambiance in the store. However, note that the books might be a little expensive here.

Librairie Du Marais

This bookstore is ideal for those looking to buy books for their homes. Located in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris, the Le Marais housing complex has its fair share of cafes, boutiques, and stores along with this library. There are books in both English and French here, covering a wide range of subjects like architecture, photography, interior design, art, and cooking. So it is almost certain that you will find at least one book of your interest when you visit the store.

Librairie Galignani

This bookstore is the first-ever English bookshop founded on the continent back in 1801. It is located in the 1st arrondissement and is ideal for those who are taking a Private Louvre museum tour. The store is known for its elaborate collection of French and English literature books, and has a good collection of history-related books as well. Furthermore, the place also boasts a decent selection of topics like design, interior design, fashion, and travel.

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This bookstore has an enviable collection of books from science, travel, culture, art, history as well as French literature. Located in the 3rd arrondissement on street Rue de Bretagne Street, the name of the bookstore is a masterpiece in itself, which translates to ‘Like a Novel’ in English. It is a great place to explore when on a Paris tour and has an adjoining café too.

La Hune

This is a two-storied bookstore located in the 6th arrondissement in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The bookstore used to be a hub for bohemians in the past, but nowadays, it is visited by people of various interests. In fact, the shop is a haven for bibliophiles and has a large collection of French literature as well as volumes on humanity on the ground floor. The upper floor houses several books on cinema and art subjects.

La Manoeuvre

Located in the 11th arrondissement close to the Place de La Bastille, the place is a heaven for those who love French literature. La Manoeuvre houses a good collection of smaller books in English too, and hosts a number of events on a regular basis.

Violette & Co.

This is yet another attractive bookstore, which you can visit on your private Paris tour. It is located in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Place de La Bastille, and offers a large space inside to enjoy some peaceful reading. The bookstore has collections on a wide variety of subjects; its owners have the idea of educating and enlightening the public regarding topics like homosexuality, human rights, and women’s rights.

There are books that cover subjects like homophobia, rape, relationships, religion, adoption, gender, and deportation here, alongside dedicated sections meant for young readers and for poetry. They also host various activities here including lectures, exhibitions, readings, and debates.