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The Abbey Bookshop
29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 5th
M° St-Michel or Cluny-La Sorbonne
Tel 01 46 33 16 24
www.abbeybookshop.net

Canadian expat Brian Spence runs this independent bookshop specializing in new and used books from Canada (in French and English), the UK and the US . He’ll be happy to help you navigate the densely stacked shelves (on two floors) to find what you’re looking for, and can special order books if he doesn’t have them in stock. It’s a great Latin Quarter alternative to that “other” book store around the corner. You may even see me among the stacks of books sipping coffee in winter (Brian always has a pot on for visitors) or procrastinating on a stool outside in the summer. Many author readings and social events are organized throughout the year in partnership with the Canadian Club (the schedule is usually posted on the shop door).

Shakespeare & Company
37 Rue de la Bucherie, 5th
M° St-Michel
Tel 01 43 26 96 50

http://shakespeareandcompany.com/

Open since 1951, this independent, second-handbook shop is the successor of Sylvia Beach’s original Shakespeare & Co. in St-Germain-des-Prés, which closed during the Nazi occupation. The founder, American expat owner George Whitman, passed away in 2011, passing th store onto his daughter, Sylvia Beach Whitman. They still provide free bunk space in the shop’s library for visiting artists and writers. New and used books, as well as a read-only library upstairs.

The Red Wheelbarrow
9 rue de Médicis, 6th
M° Luxembourg or Odéon
https://theredwheelbarrowbookstore.com

The Red Wheelbarrow is an independent literary bookstore on the Left Bank of Paris opposite the Luxembourg garden with a range of classic and contemporary literature, gastronomy, children’s books in French and English, theory, small press, poetry, history and politics. Open seven days a week, 10 to 7 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 10 to 8 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sundays 12 to 6:30 pm.

WH Smith Paris
248 rue de Rivoli, 1st
M° Tuileries or Concorde
Tel 01 44 77 88 99

www.whsmith.fr

This is one of the largest English book stores in Paris (an independent branch of the British bookstore chain), with an impressive magazine selection and tearoom upstairs.

San Francisco Book Company
17 rue Monsieur le Prince, 6th
M° Odéon
Tel 01 43 29 15 70
https://www.sfparis.com

A huge used book store on the Left Bank, with the followng categories: “Pocket-book mysteries, fiction, and science fiction, Trade paperback and hardcover fiction, Poetry, plays, theatre , film, music and art, Science, history and philosophy, psychology and sociology, Business and economics, Cooking, sports, children’s and travel, First editions, rare, collectible ephemera and more.”

Brentanos
37 Avenue de l’Opéra, 2nd
This historic bookshop closed in 2009, then reopened with a new owner in February 2010. Only 40% of the shop is devoted to English language books, and the rest of the store is for Paris souvenirs, post cards, etc.

Galignani’s
Rue de Rivoli, 1st

I’m only putting them in here so you don’t think I “missed” a spot. But as long as there are other shops selling English books in Paris, you won’t see me in this store. Bookstores can’t afford to be rude to their quickly-dwindling client base.

Berkeley Books of Paris
Closed in 2020

Tea & Tattered Pages
Closed in 2012

Village Voice
Closed in 2012

Outside Paris

Bill and Rosa’s Book Room
Downstairs at FUSAC, 42 rue du Chemin Vert , 92100 Boulogne

TEL 01 46 09 99 92
https://www.fusac.fr/bill-rosas-book-room/
If you’re in the western suburbs of Paris, consider stopping by this little book room created by Lisa and John at FUSAC. You can buy or sell used books, or become a member to borrow the books. Mostly in English, but also some French books as well, a section of books specifically on he American West, and kids’ books. Hours are limited to Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, check they’re open before visiting.

Discount French Books

Browse the Latin Quarter bookshops for French classics or art and design books on sale. A good place to start is under the ubiquitous yellow canopies of Gibert Jeune at Place St-Michel (M° St-Michel), with several stores dominating the intersection. Many of the discounted books are stacked on tables outside, but there’s also a small English-language section (look for “Langues et Letters”). This is a great place to get inexpensive French notebooks and stationary, as well.

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