It’s not the most beautiful space inside, despite its vaulted Rue de Rivoli windows. Still, while at home the UK newsagent WHSmith mostly sells romances and thrillers in airports and train stations, its outlet in Paris remains one of the best-stocked English language bookshops in the city. A healthy amount of literary fiction, serious nonfiction and contemporary novels supplement the staples, and the range of magazines (at the back, next to the vending machines) is mind-boggling. Just be warned – like its almost-neighbour Galignani, Smith’s riches don’t come cheap – expect to pay upwards of €25 for a mass-market paperback. Also has a good range of events and author signings.
248 rue de Rivoli, 1e