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17 Bookstores In France 🇫🇷

These are 17 of the best bookstores in France. The best bookstore is Shakespeare And Company. Here is the list of France bookstores.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. Shakespeare And Company

"Quaint little bookstore with a lot of charm and character. There was a short line up to get in when we visited an hour or two after it opened in the morning. Several of the Paris walking tours pass though this area and I think this is a stop along them. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze inside and be aware they do no permit any large bags or backpacks inside (I heard one of the people who work at the store tell someone there’s a bag check next store if they need it). They also do not permit any photos inside. We enjoyed our visit to the bookstore and given we were in Paris, we thought it fitting to pick up a copy of the Hunchback of Notre Dame."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • 📰 19,002 Reviews
  • 📍 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

2. Smith & Son

"It’s a very unique atmosphere since you need to walk through a nice bookstore in order to get to this place. Lovely environment, nice furniture and fast and professional service. When visiting paris plan a stop here for a meal or a british tea"

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • 📰 2,331 Reviews
  • 📍 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

3. Book Off Quatre-septembre

"Many choices, changes every week, so cheap you even can buy your favorite manga for 1 EURO!!!! Totally Ultra Amazing エレガント‼️"

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • 📰 1,749 Reviews
  • 📍 11 Rue Monsigny, 75002 Paris, France

4. Librairie Galignani

"Lovely big bookshop in Paris! You will get both english and french books! Such a calm vibe and the shop is really pretty and has a big collection of books!!"

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • 📰 943 Reviews
  • 📍 224 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

5. Les Mots à La Bouche

"Lovely library, large variety of books, the staff is very helpful and nice, I never leave empty handed"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 943 Reviews
  • 📍 37 Rue Saint-Ambroise, 75011 Paris, France

6. The Abbey Bookshop

"Not easy to manoeuvre, but definitely worth a visit. They sell both new and used books. Quite a few books are still in shopping bags, but I managed to find at least three books. Not cheap, but very good choice for English books, all kind of genres"

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 703 Reviews
  • 📍 29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris, France

7. Chantelivre Bookstore In Paris

"Exceptionally friendly service. Great selection and pleasant atmosphere. Easy to find books for different ages and interests."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 656 Reviews
  • 📍 13 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris, France

8. L'ecume Des Pages

"Brilliant bookshop. I loved the choice, the labyrinth like interior where there is always another shelf behind the corner with great books to discover. Beautiful stationary too and helpful staff. I can only recommend... especially for fellow book lovers as they are also open on Sundays :)"

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • 📰 607 Reviews
  • 📍 174 Bd Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France

9. Ofr Bookshop

"This bookstore specialises in zines and design. I was sent here from the Adidas store who recommended it as the design and architecture bookstore of Paris.I didn’t find the book I was looking for but ended up discovering this place is also a zine store with an art gallery at the back.I didn’t experience any of the comments in fact I received excellent service, the boys at the counter were very helpful. There was an exhibition at the back I checked out for Lovely Days by Matteo Verzini.10/10 will drop into this store to buy books and to check out the exhibitions when I’m next in Paris again."

  • ⭐️ 4 Rating
  • 📰 604 Reviews
  • 📍 20 Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris, France

10. San-francisco Book Co

"Lovely second hand bookstore with lots of books in English on a variety of topics. Books prices are usually on the first page and slightly above average. However, variety and quality of books is also above average (e.g., found a first edition of an old economics book, hardcover €15). Conditions are generally good, with some fair. Totally recommend."

  • ⭐️ 4.6 Rating
  • 📰 258 Reviews
  • 📍 17 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris, France

11. Librairie Delamain

"Nice and calm library, very friendly staff. They also offer a good selection of post cards and gave us an important hint about hidden price increases on post stamps in some coffee shops."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 208 Reviews
  • 📍 155 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

12. Comme Un Roman

"I found a pretty edition of a Marguerite Duras book I was looking for. They were very kind. Thank you! :)"

  • ⭐️ 4.4 Rating
  • 📰 204 Reviews
  • 📍 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France

13. La Manoeuvre

"Time flies when you’re there: I could spend over an hour browsing their rich selection which covers the classics as well as modern releases. The staff is kind and very helpful. It’s one of my favorite bookstores in Paris."

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 191 Reviews
  • 📍 58 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris, France

14. Librairie Jousseaume

"Dreamy bookstore for dreamy bookworms!If there is a place made for lingering, this is it. Buy postcards, browse books, talk to the charming owner and then sit at a nearby cafe and write postcards to far flung friends as you try to capture the magic of what you just saw.I could spend hours...."

  • ⭐️ 4.5 Rating
  • 📰 151 Reviews
  • 📍 45-46-47 Gal Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France

15. The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

"This is a review for the Red Balloon (unfortunately we didn't have time to pop into the Red Wheelbarrow and that was probably for the best since I suspect I would have spent several hours in there!). Penelope, the owner, was so kind and attentive and her recommendation for a chapter book for my eight year old daughter was spot on. I was looking for some specific American kids books as a last minute gift for a Parisian friend and I couldn't believe they had the ones I wanted in stock! The shop itself houses a cozy atmosphere that invites browsing, flipping, and picking up and putting down many (many) times. With digital life taking up more and more space it's so nice to see a smaller indie bookshop thriving. Definitely recommend!"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 130 Reviews
  • 📍 two doors up from, 9 rue de Medicis, 75006, 11 Rue de Médicis No. 9, 75006 Paris, France

16. Assouline Paris

"The best place to buy comic books! I’m in love with this bookstore"

  • ⭐️ 4.7 Rating
  • 📰 71 Reviews
  • 📍 35 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

17. On The Edge Of Paris Old Books

"I went here today and I would say this bookshop really impressed me. I found a postcard with picture of notre dame de paris. And the back side is someone’s handwriting to his lover.It’s postcard really touched me. The owner, that beautiful lady, read it in French and translated for me. I think this is the best souvenir that I bought in Paris. Good memory and lovely story."

  • ⭐️ 4.8 Rating
  • 📰 39 Reviews
  • 📍 2 Rue de l'Ave Maria, 75004 Paris, France