English Language Bookstores

Discover the anglophone bookstores of Paris and their eclectic histories and current happenings  


Ever wondered where and how James Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier?

To go to each website, click on the name.

Berkeley Books of Paris 8, rue Casimir Delavigne 75006 Paris  Métro Odéon

A gem.  Meet the book seller, the local black cat (and others) and delve into this ‘univers insolite’ of books, typewriters, art and more.

The Red Wheelbarrow is back!  9, rue de Médicis 75006    Métro Luxembourg

As the light of the Luxembourg gardens streams in through the exquisite book shop window, open the door into this eclectic bookstore that also offers a beautiful and vast collection of children’s books.

San Francisco Book Company 17, rue Monsieur Le Prince 75006 Paris Métro Odéon

Another jewel in Paris.  With its red book stalls just out front.  The titles draw you into the store to discover floor to ceiling shelves of books, well arranged…. with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Shakespeare & Company 37, rue de la Bûcherie 75005  Métro St. Michel

Gaglignani 224, rue de Rivoli 75001 Métro  Tuileries

Brentano’s. 37, avenue de l’Opéra 75002.  Paris

W.H. Smith 248, rue de Rivoli   75001 Paris   Métro Concorde

The Abbey Bookshop  29, rue de la Parcheminerie 75005 Métro St. Michel ou Cluny la Sorbonne

Have you ever been to the unique Canadian bookstore, The Abbey Bookshop on the narrow medieval street originally called “Scribes Street.” The Abbey Bookshop, 29 rue de la Parcheminerie 75005.  Go to the St. Séverin Church and you’ll find it.  

Studio Books. Rare and out of print books.  Online. Oregon USA  Studio Books link


Unfortunately, these book stores are now closed.  

The Village Voice, a landmark in the literary landscape closed definitively this past July.  We will miss them.  Village Voice Bookshop 6, rue Princesse 75006 Métro Mabillon ou St. Germain des Près

Tea and Tattered Pages 24, rue Mayet  75006 Paris    Métro Duroc / Falguière  Closed at the moment.

Attica – La Librairie des Langues   106 bd Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris  Métro Oberkampf/Parmentier.  Resources for teachers and students from grammar books to literature to DVDs.  All ages.  All languages.



See also the page “Bookworms” for information on specialty bookstores.