While just about any reputable bookshop around the world has shelves stocked with works by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and André Malraux, far fewer can claim to have been frequented by such literary greats. However, one Parisian institution that can boast such a distinguished clientele is Galignani, continental Europe’s oldest English language bookstore and a favourite haunt of many a notable littérateur since 1801.
Tucked beneath the arches along rue de Rivoli, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, the glass-fronted sanctuary is piled parquetry-floor to skylight with fiction, biographies, cookbooks and coffee table tomes. Art aficionados can peruse the extensive selection of first-rate fine art titles (most are in French but the sublime imagery can be universally appreciated), while English literature fans should head up the back and scale the ladder-lined shelves for thousands of classics and the best in contemporary, plus political and historical non-fiction. Paperback procured, avail yourself of one of the the cosy armchairs in the reading room or if you can’t find the opus you’re after, the knowledgeable staff can place an order and even post worldwide. Hit the books!
224 rue de Rivoli, 1st / +33 1 42 60 76 07 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat / galignani.fr