Shakespeare & Company
By far the most famous Anglophone bookstore in Paris. Not only does this bookstore offer thousands of books, including a separate poetry room, but it also holds free book readings and talks by well-known authors regularly. My favorite thing to do here is to go upstairs and hang out in the lending library: a room full of old and new books alike that you can read while you lounge on the plush couches and pet the store’s cat. If you’re so lucky, someone will serenade you on the piano while you read the history plaques posted about the store’s namesake: Sylvia Beach. The current shop is named after her famous 20th century Anglophone bookshop, where she published and supported some of literary’s greats like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway.
Outside, you can peruse a prime selection of used books at decent prices. I recently picked up Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer and Milkman by Anna Burns, which I’m currently slogging through.