Literary Spots for Book Lovers in Paris
The City of Light is a book lovers’ delight. Here are some of the best literary spots to visit when in Paris.
Café De Flore
Location: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Why visit: One of the oldest cafes in Paris. It has been a popular hangout place for writers, intellectuals, artists, literary lovers, and more for many decades.
Cimetière Du Montparnasse
Location: 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet
Why visit: This picturesque cemetery located in the charming Montparnasse neighborhood serves as the final resting place of many literary icons that include Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, and Susan Sontag among many others.
Cimetière Du Père Lachaise
Location: 16 Rue du Repos
Why visit: Père Lachaise Cemetery is the city’s largest and home to some of the world’s most famous luminaries in art, music, and politics among others. Visit the graves of literary greats like Colette, Honoré de Balzac, and Oscar Wilde.
Location: 11 Rue Delambre
Why visit: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir used to hang out in this bar located in Montparnasse.
Les Deux Magots
Location: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés
Why visit: Les Deux Magots is another literary hangout place that has drawn numerous writers, intellectuals, and artists from past to present.
Maison de Balzac
Location: 47 Rue Raynouard
Why visit: This museum served as the home of famous French writer Honoré de Balzac.
Maison Victor Hugo
Location: 6 Place des Vosges
Why visit: Maison Victor Hugo was once home to the famous author of literary works like Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Musée Carnavalet – Chambre de Marcel Proust
Location: 23 Rue de Sévigné
Why visit: Musée Carnavalet houses the reconstruction of the room where Marcel Proust created his greatest work — In Search of Lost Time (A La Recherche du Temps Perdu).
Shakespeare And Company
Location: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie
Why visit: This renowned independent English-language bookshop is located just across Notre Dame. It houses a wide collection of titles, a reading room, and for almost a century has attracted numerous writers, artists, and intellectuals including famous novelist Ernest Hemingway.
The American Library in Paris
Location: 10 Rue du Général Camou
Why visit: The American Library in Paris houses an extensive collection of English-language books. This lending library sits close to the city’s famous landmark – the Eiffel Tower.
Location: Along the riverbanks of the Seine
Why visit: Take a leisurely stroll while browsing the over 200 licensed bouquinistes or booksellers selling antiquarian and used books along the banks of the River Seine.