Paris is filled with amazing sites and their bookstores are no exception. The neighborhood of St. Germain houses many bookstores, which makes it really easy to visit them all in one afternoon. On our recent trip to Paris, we started our day at Deux Magot and a tour of the oldest church in Paris – St. Germain des Pres (which I will share in another post) right across the street from the church you can begin your bookstore tour.
First a trip to La Hune is a must. Browsing a store that has books all in French is a real treat and the design of the shop is classic. I found La belle histoire du Petit Prince which gives the history of one of my childhood favorites, The Little Prince, pictures of original sketches and the original story in one great hardbound book. (All in French of course – I read it in French back in high school so its a good lesson for me to go back and try and read it again.)
Next, if you venture a little further down Rue Boneparte you will come across one of my favorite bookstores – Assouline. Its counterpart is in New York and I recently wrote about my visit there as well.
The staff in the Paris shop were really helpful and expressed that their store is the “original”. The books are art pieces in themselves and the way they are displayed makes you want to sit for hours browsing at all the stunning pictures. Art and design books are everywhere and the attention to detail in the interior design was no exception. Books are in both English and French and the staff does speak English.
I just loved the iron ladder used along the bookcases and how the books were displayed in artistic groupings.
My daughter made the only purchase this day with a book called Barbie. It is a great tribute to this classic icon and has really funny quotes along with posed Barbie Dolls in various high fashion and design settings.
If traveling to Paris you can find both bookstores and a myriad of others in the 6th arrondissement.
La Hune: 170 Boulevard St. Germain
Assouline: 35 Rue Boneparte
Special thanks to the staff of Assouline – Paris for allowing me to shoot these photos during our visit.
Have a great day.