Set Current Location
|Monday to Sunday||10:00 AM to 11:00 PM|
More for perusal than serious book-buying, Les Bouquinistes (book peddlers), with their characteristic green metal lockers and sit-around-all-day attitude, form a vital part of Parisian folklore. Most vendors are out along the banks of the Seine come rain or shine, selling an array of antique and not-so-antique books, manuscripts, prints, and postcards. Don't miss them, having no legal status, they may disappear one of these days.
This is a friendly bookstore in the heart of the Latin Quarter that specializes in Canadian (French and English) as well as Anglo-American authors. Down in the vaulted cellar is the Canadian Club, a place for everyone interested in Canadian literature and culture to meet over a cup of tea and conversation. Keep an eye out for the cockleshell relief above the door that marks this spot as part of the Pilgrim's Way. This shell, a symbol of Saint James, once lined the path of the faithful, all the way to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. Ask for a calendar of author's signings and readings.
Established in 1978, this shop in Latin Quarter has been enthralling music lovers for decades now. Apart from a classical music collection, Crocodisc has an enviable compilation of old and new LPs, CDs and DVDs ranging from reggae, world music, soul, junk, pop and many other genres. You can also trade your collection here, check website for more details.
The San Francisco Book Company in Paris offers very reasonable prices on an eclectic collection of rare and used books in English. Sending books abroad can get very expensive, so if you've realized that it'll cost more to ship your library home that it will to buy it new at your destination, San Francisco also gives you the best prices for your used paperbacks. A collection of used first editions and leather bound classics is also available.
Papier Plus sells solely stationery and has been creating merchandise since 1976 in a wide array of colors. Not only are notebooks and diaries on offer, but the portfolios and boxes also deserve a special mention. All the paper forms come in various structures, shapes and sizes. The colors are sometimes bright, and you can even get your paper custom made! Papier's quality and craftsmanship is vouched for by patrons all over the world. Acid-free paper is used to guarantee the preservation of the products.
The decor here is contemporary and very plain: black and metal could mislead people into thinking of this venue as a cold one. Every Wednesday evening, lectures or debates involving Arabian and Oriental writers gather a growing number of people. The second point of interest about this place is the breathtaking view of Paris from the top floor. In any case, after visiting the I.M.A. (the Institute of the Arabian World), you'll probably feel like stopping here for a while.
This chic bookstore stocks works associated with fashion, architecture, and contemporary art. You are free to browse at your ease. Most of the books are spread out across tables and they encourage customers to glance through them. Librairie 7L particularly prides itself on its stock of hard-to-find titles, some of which are eagerly sought by foreigners. Also, most of the works are of the photographic variety. Definitely worth a visit!