Literature: our list of the most unusual bookshops in Paris

Published by La Rédac · Photos by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on June 7th, 2024 at 02:11 p.m.
Paris is brimming with unique bookshops. Discover our selection of the capital's most unusual stores.

Paris is one of the most cultural cities in France, if not the world. Museums, cinemas and monuments make it a capital of choice for all culture lovers, and bookshops are obviously not to be outdone. Here, it's easy to find the perfect store for your literary shopping. And, of course, there's something for every taste. In Paris, there are many unusual bookshops that reinvent literature and make it more accessible.

Whether they're ultra-specialized, located in unexpected places or simply have a super-inventive decor, these bookstores caught our eye, and we think you're going to love them! We look forward to hearing from you. Happy reading to all.

The most unusual bookshops in Paris

La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014 La Maison des Histoires, an immersive museum for children aged 0 to 7, hidden in a bookshop
Behind the Chantelivre bookshop lies a fun-filled children's museum for the very young! La Maison des Histoires immerses the whole family in the literary worlds of l'École des Loisirs, between Cornebidouille and the Maximonstres! [Read more]

Re-Read - IMG 1688Re-Read - IMG 1688Re-Read - IMG 1688Re-Read - IMG 1688 Re-Read: a second-hand bookshop with books for 4 euros, accessible to all, in the 11th arrondissement.
Among the few second-hand bookshops in the capital, a newcomer is trying to make its mark: Re-Read. It offers books at a single price of 4 euros, accessible to all literature lovers! [Read more]

Kazamanga, la librairie manga d'Asnières - nos photos - WhatsApp Image 2024 03 22 à 17.45.05 c721d165Kazamanga, la librairie manga d'Asnières - nos photos - WhatsApp Image 2024 03 22 à 17.45.05 c721d165Kazamanga, la librairie manga d'Asnières - nos photos - WhatsApp Image 2024 03 22 à 17.45.05 c721d165Kazamanga, la librairie manga d'Asnières - nos photos - WhatsApp Image 2024 03 22 à 17.45.05 c721d165 Kazamanga, the place to find manga in Asnières-sur-Seine (92)
If you're a manga fan or a fan of these graphic novels, there's a bookshop dedicated to them in Asnières-sur-Seine. Welcome to the shelves of Kazamanga, the address dedicated to manga in Asnières! [Read more]

La Belle Hortense - IMG 6161La Belle Hortense - IMG 6161La Belle Hortense - IMG 6161La Belle Hortense - IMG 6161 La Belle Hortense: intimate literary bar and wine cellar in a bookshop in the heart of the Marais district
Are you a lover of good wine and books? Taste the classics in the Marais at La Belle Hortense, a curious literary bar that mixes books and bottles of vintage wine in a warm, intimate space, surrounded by black-and-white photos. [Read more]

Violette and Co - IMG 6184Violette and Co - IMG 6184Violette and Co - IMG 6184Violette and Co - IMG 6184 Reopening of the famous feminist and LGBTQI+ bookshop Violette and Co, in the 11th arrondissement.
After closing in early 2022, the 11th arrondissement literary institution is back, thanks to the determination of feminist activists. More modern, the bookshop now houses a small café, which you can try out from October 13, 2023! [Read more]

La Régulière - IMG 5298La Régulière - IMG 5298La Régulière - IMG 5298La Régulière - IMG 5298 La Régulière: independent bookshop, coffee shop and art gallery in the 18th arrondissement
In the Goutte d'Or district of Paris, you'll discover a true hybrid of independent bookshop specializing in graphic arts, coffee shop and small art gallery, where you can find little nuggets like nowhere else! [Read more]

Librairie Majo - IMG 5267Librairie Majo - IMG 5267Librairie Majo - IMG 5267Librairie Majo - IMG 5267 Majo, the feminist bookshop with a small vegan café near the Pantheon
Between Jussieu and the Panthéon, you'll find a pretty, cosy bookshop in violet tones, where you'll find feminist, children's and contemporary books, and a vegan café to relax in. [Read more]

L'Esprit du Chaudron, le repaire des sorcières parisiennesL'Esprit du Chaudron, le repaire des sorcières parisiennesL'Esprit du Chaudron, le repaire des sorcières parisiennesL'Esprit du Chaudron, le repaire des sorcières parisiennes Esoteric bookshops and boutiques in Paris: a dive into spirituality
Want to connect with the invisible and discover the secrets of the universe? Stroll through the capital's esoteric stores, discovering ancestral and spiritual practices and objects steeped in mystery. [Read more]

Ouverture de la librairie Azzedine Alaïa Ouverture de la librairie Azzedine Alaïa Ouverture de la librairie Azzedine Alaïa Ouverture de la librairie Azzedine Alaïa Azzedine Alaïa Bookshop: unique fashion books in the home of the great couturier
Rue de la Verrerie, in the historic home of Azzedine Alaïa, has just opened a bookshop, a stone's throw from the gallery exhibiting the great couturier's work. The perfect place to find that fashion book you've been looking for! [Read more]

L'eau et les rêves, la péniche-librairie botanique sur le Canal de l’Ourcq - IMG 0837L'eau et les rêves, la péniche-librairie botanique sur le Canal de l’Ourcq - IMG 0837L'eau et les rêves, la péniche-librairie botanique sur le Canal de l’Ourcq - IMG 0837L'eau et les rêves, la péniche-librairie botanique sur le Canal de l’Ourcq - IMG 0837 Water and dreams, the botanical barge-library on the Canal de l'Ourcq
On the banks of the Canal de l'Ourcq, you'll find an unusual barge, which contains treasures of lush greenery and literature. A small café-restaurant is hidden in this unique botanical bookstore with its feet in the water, the ideal place to germinate good ideas! [Read more]

Shakespeare and Company, le café-librairie le plus anglais de ParisShakespeare and Company, le café-librairie le plus anglais de ParisShakespeare and Company, le café-librairie le plus anglais de ParisShakespeare and Company, le café-librairie le plus anglais de Paris Shakespeare and Company, the most English-speaking bookstore in Paris
Opposite Notre-Dame de Paris, the Shakespeare and Company Café adjoins the historic English-language bookstore founded by George Whitman. Gourmets and literary souls, you have found your paradise! [Read more]

Les Grands Caractères, la première librairie dédiée aux malvoyants à ParisLes Grands Caractères, la première librairie dédiée aux malvoyants à ParisLes Grands Caractères, la première librairie dédiée aux malvoyants à ParisLes Grands Caractères, la première librairie dédiée aux malvoyants à Paris Paris: Les Grands Caractères, France's first bookshop dedicated to the visually impaired
Paris is home to a new bookshop with a concept never seen before in France. Located in the Latin Quarter, Les Grands Caractères offers books adapted for the visually impaired. It's the perfect place for literature fans whose passion for books was previously compromised by their sight problems. [Read more]

And for even more bookshops to discover, take a look at our other guides

Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion - IMG 20230812 121637Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion - IMG 20230812 121637Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion - IMG 20230812 121637Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion - IMG 20230812 121637 Bookshops: where to buy second-hand novels and essays in Paris?
Attention literature fans! Paris is bursting with second-hand bookshops, full of bargains. If you want to fill bags with novels or essays for a handful of euros, these are the stores for you. [Read more]

Manga Story / Tsume Store - IMG 20230721 171147Manga Story / Tsume Store - IMG 20230721 171147Manga Story / Tsume Store - IMG 20230721 171147Manga Story / Tsume Store - IMG 20230721 171147 Bookshops: where to buy second-hand comics and manga in Paris?
If you're having trouble finishing your series of One Piece or any other river manga without jeopardizing your purse, this guide is for you! Discover our selection of Parisian bookshops for second-hand comics, manga and graphic novels. [Read more]

Gibert Joseph - IMG 20230721 150753Gibert Joseph - IMG 20230721 150753Gibert Joseph - IMG 20230721 150753Gibert Joseph - IMG 20230721 150753 Literature: discover the best bookshops in the Latin Quarter
It's the most cultural district in Paris, so it's only natural to find many bookshops of all kinds. To help you find your way around, discover our selection of favorite bookshops in the Latin Quarter. [Read more]

Librairie Compagnie - IMG 20230721 143846Librairie Compagnie - IMG 20230721 143846Librairie Compagnie - IMG 20230721 143846Librairie Compagnie - IMG 20230721 143846 Literature: student bookshops in Paris
With the start of the new academic year just around the corner, many students need to stock up on back-to-school books, often at excessive prices. That's why we've put together a selection of bookstores in Paris where you'll find a wide range of books for students, academics and researchers. [Read more]

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From September 22th, 2023 to December 31th, 2027

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