English Language Bookstores

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

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.  

Ever wondered where and how James Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier?  Then visit the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore located at 0km Paris.

To go to each website, click on the name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaglignani 224, rue de Rivoli 75001 Métro  Tuileries

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

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.


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.


The Red Wheelbarrow 22, rue St. Paul 75004   Métro St. Paul ou Bastille


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