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An invitation to the world of unusual booksellers

Paris is a city full of surprises. Whether or not you’re a keen reader, you’ll enjoy visiting some of the capital’s most unusual bookshops. Here are some of the most intriguing; places full of warmth and interest, selected just for you.

 

The bookshop houseboat ... ink on the water!

A floating bookshop? It’s a cool idea and in Paris it’s a reality! While many barges on the Seine are dedicated to nightlife, this black barge called l'Eau et les Rêves (Water and Dreams) houses in its belly a collection of books dedicated to water, sea and travel that’ll make you want to take off for distant horizons.
(Quai de l'Oise - 75019 Paris)

 

A bookstore without books

This techno-library or bookshop called PUF (Presses Universitaires de France), nestled in the heart of the Latin Quarter, offers more than 3 million books through an innovative concept that prints the book of your choice on the spot in just minutes. Time for a coffee ...
(60 Rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 75005 Paris)

 

The hidden bookshop 

Don’t look for a sign or a display window when seeking to enter Chez les Libraires Associés. At this address that is well known to collectors, hidden behind a carriage entrance, you have to ring the intercom to gain entry. This extraordinary place in the heart of the popular La Goutte d'Or district is home to thousands of old, curious, rare and collectible books you would be very lucky to unearth at the Clignancourt flea market.
(3 Rue Pierre l'Ermite, 75018 Paris)

 

Hotel de la Paix; relax with a good book

When you return from these unusual bookshops, laden with your wonderful finds, the warm welcome and comfortable pleasures of your Hotel de la Paix await. Book your autumn break today!

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