To celebrate the launch of our new French-girl inspired styles, we’ve created a guide to our favourite literary spots in Paris. Make like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris and rendezvous along the Seine with the icons of the City of Lights! Read on for our Booklover’s Guide to Paris!
Shakespeare and Company
Where? 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
When? Every day from 10am to 10pm
What? Local bookshop to a long list of writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway and T.S. Eliot, this literary institution is one of the most famous bookshops in the world! The shop’s founder, Sylvia Beach first published James Joyce’s Ulysses through the shop that is now home to one of the largest selections of English language books in Paris! And for the perfect souvenir, any book purchased from there can be stamped with a classic Shakespeare and Company stamp! Get set for your Paris trip with our Pascal ‘Bonjour’ Jumper!
Café de Flore
Where? 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
When? Every day from 7.30am to 1.30am
What? The perfect stop for your morning coffee! Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffee shops in Paris and one of the most famous literary hangouts in all of Europe. During the first half of the 20th century, Café de Flore was the coffeehouse of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.
Grab a seat on the terrace and be transported back to the glory days of Paris’ literary history! Choose our Millicent Polka Dot Shirt Dress to add a little vintage-inspired style to your day.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Where? 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
When? Weekdays 8am to 6pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm
What? The most visited cemetery in the world is home to the graves of literary royalty including Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Charles Baudelaire. With over 3.5 million visitors annually, Oscar Wilde’s grave is so popular that a fence now surrounds it and the hundreds of tributes placed around it. Spend an afternoon exploring Père Lachaise, especially in autumn when the leaves are bright oranges and reds!
Where? Along both banks of the Seine, roughly from Notre-Dame to the Louvre
When? 10am to 6pm and 1pm to 6pm on Sundays
What? Les Bouquinistes literally translates as ‘the second-hand booksellers’. They’ve been selling books on the banks of the Seine since the 16th century and are probably the most famous booksellers in the world! Home to hundreds and thousands of used and rare editions, first editions and manuscripts, as well as souvenirs, posters, maps and postcards, it’s easy to lose an afternoon browsing the famous green stalls – especially if the sun is out and the sky is blue! Now recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site, the long line of painted green stands is an iconic Parisian sight!
La Belle Hortense
Where? La Belle Hortense, 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris
When? Every day from 1pm to 2am
What? The perfect place to end your literary tour, La Belle Hortense is a book shop, exhibition space AND wine shop all in one!
This one-stop shop in the heart of Le Marais has shelves upon shelves of books, art on the walls and a large selection of wine. Grab a glass of wine, pick up a book and enjoy this charming space! Books, art and wine – très Parisien! To go for a casual look, you might opt for our Darcy Sacre Blue Sweatshirt!