It is true that there is so much to explore in Paris. The beautiful sceneries, historic landmarks, delicious restaurants, delightful cafes, and the friendly natives of the city will urge you go on Paris walking tours again and again. However, if you are planning to stay away from the crowded tourist spots and museums to indulge yourself in the beauty and romance of Paris city by reading your favorite book in one of the elegant cafes of the city, then you are in for an absolute treat.
In fact, Paris has a lot in store for a book lover. There are plenty of famous bookstores in the city, but finding the best ones can be a little bit of tough if you are going on Paris walking tours for the first time in your life. So, here are some of must visit bookstores in the City of Lights that you should explore.
La Hune is situated in one of the quiet corners of the city at the 16–18 Rue de l’Abbaye in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This bookshop originally had a bohemian flair but it has become quite sophisticated and refined these days. You can find several books on humanities, cinema, arts, and much more at the La Hune bookshop.
Librairie Galignani opened to the public back in the early 18th century and it was the first English bookstore established on the continent. This famous bookshop is located at the Rue de Rivoli, which is near to the Place de la Concorde. Librairie Galignani has an excellent collection of both French and English literature.
Violette & Co.
Violette & Co. bookshop is located near the Place de La Bastille in the 11th arrondissement and it has over 800m of floor space. Violette & Co. has an incredible collection of books for both education and leisure reading. The selection of books in the bookshop includes works about relationships, gender, religion, adoption, and a lot more.
Shakespeare and Co.
Shakespeare and Company is situated in the 5th arrondissement of the city and there is a café nearby. You will find a labyrinth of book passages, reading rooms, and alcoves within this famous bookstore. Shakespeare and Co. has inspired plenty of readers, travelers, and writers over the years.
WHSmith is a well-known English bookstore in the City of Lights and it is located in Rue de Rivoli. WHSmith stays open to public seven days a week, so check them out at any hour of the day. The bookstore even has a children department, which contains several excellent books for kids of all ages.