by Isabella Sharipova-Williams, published 17th May 2024

For those of you who think that they are far away from their favourite reads, allow me to reassure you that you most certainly aren’t. I produce for you a library of bonnes adresses in the City of Light.

1st arrondissement

The neighbourhood of the Louvre and our gorgeous Rue Saint-Honoré property.

Librairie Galignani

Claim to fame : first English bookshop on the Continent !

224 Rue de Rivoli (Tuileries 1, Concorde 8)

Tel : 01 42 60 76 07

Email : galignani@galignani.com

Monday – Saturday : 10am – 7pm

Smith&Son (formerly WHSmith Paris)

A British bastion in the heart of Paris.

248 Rue de Rivoli (Tuileries 1, Concorde 8)

Tel : 01 53 45 84 40

Email : info@smithandson.com

Monday – Saturday : 10am – 7.30pm ; Sundays and Bank Holidays : 12.30pm – 7pm

2nd arrondissement

The environs of the Opéra and our lovely Arts et Métiers apartment.

Brentano’s

The sweet and sole-surviving scion of a once great American bookstore chain.

37 Avenue de l’Opéra (Opéra 3, 7, 8)

Tel : 01 42 60 87 37

Email : paris.brentanos@gmail.com

Monday to Saturday : 9.30am – 8.15pm

4th arrondissement

Spanning from Beaubourg to Bastille, from Notre-Dame to Le Marais.

Smith&Son Marais

An outpost of the bastion.

20 Rue des Rosiers (Saint-Paul 1)

Tel : 01 40 33 61 01

Email : marais@smithandson.com

Monday – Sunday : 11am – 7pm

5th arrondissement

The Mediaeval Latin Quarter.

Shakespeare & Company

A “Left-Bank literary institution” located in Kilometre Zero.

37 Rue de la Bûcherie (Cité 4)

Tel: 01 43 25 40 93

Email: info@shakespeareandcompany.com

Monday- Wednesday : 10am – 8pm ; Thursday – Saturday : 10am – 9pm ; Sunday : 12pm – 7pm

The Abbey Bookshop

An Ali Baba’s cavern of books, and the friendliest staff.

29 Rue de la Parcheminerie (Saint-Michel 4, Cluny – La Sorbonne 10)

Tel : 01 46 33 16 24

Email : abbeybookshop@wanadoo.fr

Monday – Saturday : 10am – 7pm ; Sunday : 2pm – 7pm

6th arrondissement

Saint-Germain-des-Près, and Saint Germain-Luxury, and Luxembourg Gardens.

San Francisco Book Company

A West Coast second-hand bookstore.

17 Rue Monsieur le Prince (Odéon 4, 10)

Tel : 01 43 29 15 70

Email : info@sfparis.com

Monday – Sunday : 10am – 8pm

The Red Wheelbarrow (and The Red Balloon)

Never a dull moment at either Red.

9 – 11 Rue de Médicis (Odéon 4, 10)

Tel : 01 42 01 81 47

Email : parisredwheelbarrowbookstore@gmail.com

Monday – Sunday : 10am – 7pm

Taschen

It’s Taschen, need I say more ?

2 Rue de Buci (Saint-Germain-des-Près 4)

Tel : 01 40 51 79 22

Email : store-paris@taschen.com

Monday – Sunday : 11am – 8pm

If you want to finish the day by hearing a work of great literature, rather than reading one, check out our article on the most beautiful theatres in Paris.