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Specialized and Foreign-language bookshops in Paris




Shakespeare & Co bookstore

The real worship founded around this beautiful English bookstore is probably due to Hemingway’s passion for this place where he used to go as often as possible (you’ll find plenty of allusion in “A moveable feast”). Situated between the Latin Quarter and Ile de la Cité, Shakespeare & Co is a lovely Parisian bookstore which smells the good paper and the language of … Shakespeare.

37 rue de la Bucherie 75005 Paris

Open monday to friday from 10 am to 11 pm, week-end from 11 am to 11 pm.



A bookshop which is described by itself as being focused “more than ever to serve demanding customers [and] the readers the most curious and the most cultivated of Paris.”

An upmarket establishment that is obviously one of the big English speaking references of Paris. Its plus: in addition to the beautiful canopy inside the store, to be “the first English bookshop, established on the continent”… 

224, rue de Rivoli Paris 1er

Open monday to saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.



WHSmith is the largest English bookshop in Paris, and probably the largest selection of English books in the capital. The bookstore also distinguishes itself by selling DVDs and by a big department dedicated to press. In the cozy atmosphere of the rue de Rivoli, this bookshop, although somewhat impersonal, is a classic for all English speaking in Paris.

248 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Open monday to saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, sunday and public holiday from 12.30 pm to 7 pm.


Abbey Bookshop

Hidden few streets behind the famous Shakespeare & Co, The Abbey Bookshop (Canadian bookstore) is the kind of bookshop  fans of paper will be crazy about. The place is narrow and the shelves are full of books that also extend onto the sidewalk. In addition to English books, you can find German or Dutch literature, as well as used books.

 29, rue de la Parcheminerie

Open monday to saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.




Marissal Buecher

A short walk from Beaubourg, this bookshop is a Mecca for German speaking. In addition to the traditional methods of language and other literary classics, you will find enough to satisfy everyone: literature of all countries and all continents, beautiful books, calendars, specialized literature…

Open monday to saturday from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

42 rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris




Le Phénix

Methods, dictionaries, multimedia, literature, history, philosophy … This bookstore of 200m² situated Boulevard Sebastopol since 1965 is a real cultural center of Chinese and Asiatic world as well as a multilingual reference (books in French, English and Chinese).

72 boulevard de Sébastopol 75003 PARIS

Open monday to saturday from 10 am to 7 pm





  • Librairie Portugaise et Brésilienne

Few steps from the Panthéon, you will find in the “librairie Portugaise et Brésilienne” a very rich collection of books in French and Portuguese, methods books, but also meetings and debates organized by the bookshop. A reference place for Brazilian and Portuguese culture lovers.

19/21 rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, Place de l’Estrapade 75005 Paris

Open Monday to Saturday : 11 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 7 pm

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Specialized and Foreign-language (English, German, Asian, Dutch,...) bookshops in Paris


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