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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.


Venue name: WHSmith
Address: 248 rue de Rivoli, 1e

Transport: Metro: Tuileries

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It might feel a bit dated (like you've gone back to the eighties in fact) but if you need decently priced books in English, this is the place to go. Just like the UK stores they add little tags to the books with staff recommendations. And there's a café upstairs which feels like you could be back in England. There's even proper tea!


This is my go-to English bookstore in Paris! Yes, it's a chain, but they have the largest selection of English books and magazines in Paris. Basically you'll find every type of book for an English speaker, from fiction to language learning. During fashion week you'll find trendy fashionistas and models browsing through the many international magazines. They even have a little British food section, but prices are super expensive, so this is only for desperate cravings!