20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Oh yes – Paris is well-known as a literate city. There are hundreds (!) of bookstores in Paris – and then there are the bouqinistes (book stalls) all along the Seine.

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Bouquinistes. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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If you’re not quite reading in French, and you can’t stand ereaders, don’t worry. There are a variety of English bookstores in Paris. Note: I’ve put the three most famous bookstores in front, the rest are in alphabetical order. Read on!

20+ Best English Bookstores in Paris

20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

Photo: Winfred Peppinck, adapted by Wandering Educators

Shakespeare and Company

The most famous English bookstore in Paris (it’s been in movies!), this is a place of pilgrimage for many readers and writers, and beloved of most English-speaking travelers. The original Shakespeare and Co was first started in the 1919 by Sylvia Beach, who ran it until 1941. Beach welcomed writers and was part of the literary scene – famous writers included Joyce, Hemingway, Pound, Stein, and Fitzgerald. The second version of Shakespeare and Co was established in 1951 by George Whitman. Whitman also encouraged writers, including Ginsberg, Miller, Ferlinghetti, Burroughs, and more. It’s a hodgepodge of books, music, cats, a piano, a bed, chairs, and book-loving people. There’s also a library, as you can see in this video.

Address: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Phone:+33 1 43 25 40 93

Website: http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

Shakespeare and Company. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Shakespeare and Company. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Shakespeare and Company. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Abbey Bookstore

A Canadian icon in Paris, the Abbey Bookshop was founded in 1989, and has over 35,000 English new, used, and rare books (many of them Canadian). It’s just a few blocks away from Notre Dame, so hie yourself away from the crowds and immerse yourself in a book (or ten).

29, rue de la Parcheminerie
75005 Paris
Métro: St. Michel / Cluny la Sorbonne
Tél: +33 01 46 33 16 24
Fax: +33 01 46 33 03 33

Abbey Books. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Galignani was originally a publishing house, started in 1520. In 1801, one of the Galignani (Giovanni Antonio) opened a bookshop (and English reading room) on rue Vivienne. Eventually settling in rue de Rivoli, this bookstore is a must-stop for any book lover. It is known as the first English bookshop established on the Continent.

224, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
Tel : 01 42 60 76 07
Fax : 01 42 86 09 31
Accès : M° Tuileries, M° Concorde


American University in Paris Bookstore

Textbooks for students at AUP. Here, you’ll also find dictionaries, writing guides, enrichment reading, and a wide range of books on art history, fiction, international economics, philosophy, Paris guides, and AUP faculty publications.

The American University of Paris
10 bis rue Amélie
75007, Paris, France
Tel: (33/1)
Fax: (33/1)

American University in Paris Bookstore. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Artazart Design Bookstore

Not an English bookstore, per se, but packed to the rim with beautiful books. It’s a design bookstore (obviously), colorful and interesting. There’s also a gallery within the store.

83, quai de Valmy
75010 Paris
T +33 (0)


Mrs Jacques Bonsergent [5]
Mrs Republic [3, 5, 8, 9, 11]
M ° Gare de l'Est [4, 5, 7]

B U.S.
Alibert bus [75]
Richerand Avenue Bus [75]
Bus Jacques Bonsergent [56,65]

Artazart Design Bookstore. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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NOTE: Now closed! ALAS! Founded in 1977, this bookstore is a resource for language learning and teaching. You can find books in over 200 languages! Attica also has a special section of materials for French as a Foreign Language (FLE).


Berkeley Books of Paris

Opened by former employees of the San Francisco Book Company, this is another creative place to discover used books. Love the friendliness of the owners and staff.

8 Rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Metro - Odéon Métro

Berkeley Books of Paris. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Betty Books

A new bookstore (opened in 2013). Features books in several languages.

98 av Ledru Rollin, 75011 PARIS
Tel : 01 48 05 30 09

Betty Books. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Brentano’s Librarie

Books, stationery, cardmaking, and more.  This used to be an American bookstore chain, owned by Waldenbooks/Borders. It was reopened in 2010 by an Iranian businessman.

37 BC. Opera
75002 Paris
Tel. : 01 42 60 87 37
Fax: 01 42 60 80 43

Brentano's Librairie. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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I love my Blender

Books and gifts. Since there is no website, here’s a great article about it: http://myparisianlife.com/2013/04/23/paris-bookstore-i-love-my-blender/

Address: 36, rue du Temple, 75003, Paris
Arrondissement: 3
Hours: Tues–Sat, 10 am – 7 pm
Telephone: +33 (0)1 42 77 50 32
Email: contact[at]lovemyblender.fr
Nearest Metro Stop: Hôtel de Ville    1 11

I love my Blender. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris
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Les Mots a la Bouche

Bookstore featuring gay and lesbian publications, many in English.

6 rue Sainte Croix la Bretonnerie
75004 Paris
Marais, 4ème
+33 1 42 78 88 30

Les Mots a la Bouche. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Librairie Ars Una

A bookstore that sells English books – and comics! Selection of stationery, as well.

126 bd Malesherbes
75017 Paris

Paris Métro : Malesherbes ou Monceau

tel :
fax :
3 @ Malhesherbes


Librairie Ars Una. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Librairie Lamartine

Most of the books are in French, however there is a wide English selection (including children’s books). Also stationery, pens, school books and school supplies, and more.

118, rue de la Pompe 75116 Paris
tel: 01 47 27 31 31
fax: 01 47 04 63 02

Librairie Lamartine. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Librarie Ulysse

Founded by Catherine Domain, this is a travel library that was the world’s first travel bookshop. It is known for the Cargo Club, a monthly meeting (first Wednesday, 6:30pm) for travelers to meet. Large selection of maps, National Geographics, and books in many languages.

ULYSSES LIBRARY kilometer zero of the world
14h-20 pm Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday
26, rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, 75004 Paris, France
Tel: 33 - (0) 143 251 735 - Fax: 33 - (0) 143295210

Librairie Ulysse. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Small bookstore and dvd rental. Plenty of cute gifts, too.

9 Rue de Ferrare, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
Phone:+33 1 64 22 85 85

San Francisco Book Company

Founded in 1997, you can find this bookstore on the Left Bank. Selling mostly used books, it’s a treasure trove – and affordable. Visit their website to get a glimpse of the riches that await; visit to be engaged in booktalk with creative, smart people.

17 rue Monsieur le Prince
75006  PARIS
Telephone:  01-43-29-15-70
From outside France:   33 1-43-29-15-70)
Métro:  Odéon (Line 4 or Line 10)


San Francisco Book Company. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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Bookstores that carry some English books, or are chains:

Gibert Jeune

W.H. Smith

The Book Cellar
23, rue Jean de Beauvais, 75005 Paris
Phone: 01 46 34 62 03
Métro: Maubert-Mutualité
(no website)

Taschen Paris

Bookstore Centre Pompidou

Alas, some beloved bookstores have closed, including Red Wheelbarrow, Tea and Tattered Pages, and The Village Voice.

Where will you go to read, next?

Shakespeare and Company. From 20 + Best English Bookstores in Paris

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