Parisian bookshops off the beaten track
Paris has a rich literary history, and a plethora of bookshops to honour this heritage.
Some are well known – such as the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, possibly one of the most famous Parisian bookshops in the world – but the ones that interest us are located far from the beaten track…
So, come with us as we explore the lesser-known literary gems of Paris. How many have you visited?
The Abbey Bookshop
So often overshadowed by that other Anglophone bookshop, The Abbey Bookshop will send book-lovers into a delighted trance. With the staff always happy to recommend something from the literature-crammed shelves, this place has a much more personal feel than other tourist saturated shops.
Paris Cheapskate loves The Abbey Bookshop as much as we do, describing the atmosphere as like a rainy day, perfect for curling up with a good book. We can’t think of anything more enchanting.The Abbey Bookshop
29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005
I Love My Blender
You might not know it by the name, but this shop is without a doubt one of Paris’ quirkiest and loveliest bookshops. Recommended by The Best Paris Info – which explains how the owner has poured his love of Anglo-literature into this shop – I Love My Blender sells the French translation alongside the original English novel, making it easy to find your favourite books in French.
It also sells a variety of mugs, stationery and candles – perfect gifts and souvenirs for the other book-lovers in your life.I Love My Blender
36 Rue du Temple, 75004
An art bookshop, this store has a huge range of visually striking books on an array of different arts – including photography, interior design, and painting.
If you’re interested in art you’ll be struggling to leave. Even if you’re not, we guarantee that you’ll still be drawn in by the huge selection of books, the gallery exhibiting the work of local artists, and the very Parisian, very bohemian, atmosphere.Artazart
83 Quai de Valmy, 75010
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent
Founded by Karl Lagerfeld himself, this bookshop is dedicated to fashion and art, but also houses books on cookery, gardening and landscapes. Nevertheless, fashion is its raison d’être, and so if you love la mode, this is where you should be. We don’t need to tell you that Paris is famous for its fashion, and that is personified in this stylish shop. You won’t find tons of tourists – only locals passionate about the culture of fashion’s favourite city.Librairie 7L
7 Rue de Lille, 75007
Métro: Rue du Bac
Violette and Co
We featured this feminist bookshop in our article on the best bookshops in Paris because it really is one of them. Devoted to promoting both feminist and homosexual issues, Violette and Co is little known but thriving.
You might not find the latest in contemporary fiction, but you will discover more than enough to get you thinking – some of the most pertinent issues and problems in the modern world are featured in the books sold here. With gay marriage being made equal, and feminism stronger than ever, we owe a big thanks to places like Violette and Co.Violette and Co
102 Rue de Charonne, 75011
Le Pont Traversé
This bookshop couldn’t be further off the beaten track – opening at midday and closing at midnight, it seems only nocturnal literature-lovers know about this place. Named after a famous French novel by Jean Paulhan, this bookshop stocks rare books, making it a rare haven. Head over to Messy Nessy Chic for some photos of the shop’s quirky interior.Le Pont Traversé
62 rue Vaugiraud, 75006
What are your favourite Parisian bookshops? Let us know in the comment box below.Read more on where to find other great Parisian bookstores
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1. Shakespeare bookshop, by Adams K on Flickr.
2. Abbey bookshop, by Madolan Greene on Flicker.
3. Blender, by Cody and Maureen on Flickr.
4. Artazart, by Stephanie Moisan on Flickr.
5. Librairie, by Jean-Louis Zimmerman via Wikimedia.
6. Violette, by Melanie P via Yelp.
7. Le Pont Traversé, via Google Street View.