Paris is known as the City of Love, but also as the City of Light – and surely, a book lover like yourself knows that the nickname refers to its history as a key place for the development of philosophy and freedom of speech. Paris is a great destination for those who are happier with a book on their hands, as there are plenty of legendary places related to books and writers – both locations from famous novels or charming cafés where writers like Albert Camus or Jean-Paul Sartre found their inspiration.

Top 5 places to visit in Paris for book lovers

A route in Paris for book lovers

Among all those wonderful places in Paris for book lovers (and there are many) we have selected our top 5.

  • Chateau de Montecristo: Located outside Paris, it is the perfect day-trip for book lovers, instead of the trip to Versailles almost everybody chooses. It used to be the home of Alexandre Dumas, so there you will be able to peek at the writer’s life and understand where his inspiration came from.
Top 5 places to visit in Paris for book lovers
  • Les Deux Magots: This café is now quite a touristic destination, but it still keeps most of its charm as one of the places of rendez-vous among the Parisian intellectual class. Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso were some of the regulars.
  • Cafe de la Mairie: Ernest Hemingway was also a regular of the Café de la Mairie – so much that he wrote The Sun Also Rises here.
  • Shakespeare & Company: Of course, we needed to mention the most charming book store of Paris – even if its namesake is more related to London! This independent book store specialised in Anglo-Saxon literature is one of the most unique in the world. It also works as a refugee for travellers.
  • Spoken Word Paris: Paris may be famous for its past as a cradle of literature and culture, but we shouldn’t dismiss its important as such nowadays! Spoken Word Paris is a collective that organises open mic nights full of poetry and performance. Check out their agenda during the days you’re in the city!

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