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SHAKE­SPEARE AND COM­PANY, 5TH

Reg­u­larly rank­ing among the world’s top book­shops, this English-lan­guage store on Rue de la Bûcherie has gained a cult fol­low­ing among bib­lio­philes. Its orig­i­nal in­car­na­tion in the 6th ar­rondisse­ment was fre­quented by the likes of Ezra Pound and James Joyce be­fore it closed dur­ing the Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion of Paris. The present-day Shake­speare and Com­pany was opened in 1951 by Amer­i­can Ge­orge Whit­man and is now run by his daugh­ter Sylvia. As well as sell­ing new re­leases, it does a roar­ing trade in sec­ond-hand and an­ti­quar­ian tomes. Look out for the beds tucked be­tween the book­shelves; here sleep the Tum­ble­weeds, young cre­atives given free ac­com­mo­da­tion by the shop in re­turn for writ­ing and a cou­ple of hours’ work each day. 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris Métro: Saint-michel-notre-dame (Line 4) shake­speare­and­com­pany.com

LA BELLE HORTENSE, 4TH

Where else but Paris would you find a book­shop open un­til 2am? Part li­brarie, part bar, this blue-fronted bou­tique in the Marais in­no­va­tively fuses the joys of a cap­ti­vat­ing novel and a di­vine glass of wine. Opened in 1997, it shares the same own­ers as the renowned Le Pe­tit Fer à Che­val op­po­site, one of France’s small­est bars. Browse shelf af­ter shelf of clas­sic French and English nov­els be­fore set­tling onto a stool with your read of choice and a drink from the im­mense wine list. En­joy dif­fer­ent au­thor sign­ings and read­ings ev­ery week, plus there are monthly art ex­hi­bi­tions to pe­ruse. 31 Rue Vieille-du-tem­ple, 75004 Paris Métro: Hô­tel de Ville (Lines 1 or 11) or Saint-paul (Line 1) cafeine.com

ARTAZART, 10TH

In­trigu­ing passers-by along the Canal Saint-martin is this scar­let book­shop spe­cial­is­ing in art and de­sign books: pho­tog­ra­phy, ar­chi­tec­ture, graphic de­sign, graf­fiti and more. If you’re look­ing for a new book to take pride of place on your cof­fee ta­ble, this is the place to go. You can also pick up a great poster or print for your wall, in­vest in a retro Po­laroid cam­era or mar­vel at the lat­est pho­to­graphs be­ing ex­hib­ited, which high­light both es­tab­lished and new ta­lent. 83 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris Métro: Jac­ques Bon­ser­gent (Line 5) artazart.com

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