If you assign Ernest Hemingway as your guide to Paris, you’ll leave believing there is only one bookstore in the whole city (Shakespeare and Company), and he probably would have wanted it that way. But Paris has an incredible landscape of bookstores.
It would be a shame for visitors to miss out on this scene just because they don’t speak French. Happily, the city also has a handful of very-well-curated English bookshops, some of which have long and storied histories of their own.
They’re a wide-ranging bunch, from chain store to hole-in-the wall. Several are just a short walk from each other on the Left Bank but this list will also take you to the picturesque Marais and wind-swept Place de la Concorde. You could get lost in the overflowing shelves of any of them but make sure not to miss the Paris section in each shop, you’ll learn something new about the city of light in each one.
Emma Jacobs is a multimedia journalist and podcast producer based in Paris.