This bookshop is a respected Parisian institution. The first English bookshop in Paris, it is immensely popular and a great resource for English language books of all kinds, including children’s. The old fashioned facade leads into a bohemian librairie, utterly charming and engrossing if a tad chaotic, but that’s all part of the appeal. Kids can snake their way to the back of the shop where they can pursue the selection in the delightful children’s section. Creative types can follow the creaky wooden floors to climb the spiral staircase up to the cosy nook to enjoy some poetry. With a rich literacy heritage the shop is a hub for writers and poets who gather for workshops and events organised by the store, adding to the store’s allure and attracting literary royalty from across Paris and beyond.. The events include English readings for children so check out the listings online for a good place to take a break and enjoy browsing and buying books. Set the kids down to a reading and relax into one of the cosy armchairs to read a book uninterrupted.
The cafe is a welcome addition and proving popular with those looking for a quiet place to enjoy a drink and snack. The food on offer is predominately healthy, vegetarian and organic. Sitting at the outside tables in this pocket of St Germain feels authentically Parisian and is a soothing way to pass some time. If the weather is not so forgiving take a seat inside but on those warm summer afternoons, stock up on some books then park the family here to flip through them over coffee and cake or even full Brit style afternoon tea.
26 RUE DE LA BÛCHERIE 75005| www.shakespeareandcompany.com
Photos : SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY c/o EDOUARD AUGUSTIN | KIREN | TOBIAS STAEBLER
Hands down one of our favourite and most visited boutiques, this wonderful Parisian brand create a universe for children based on gorgeous product ranges. They have a couple of stores around Paris, including this flagship concept store, selling clothing, bedding, furniture, accessories, toys, books and sweet imported novelties. The boutiques are creatively designed and merchandised to perfection so shopping here is highly pleasurable. Chic parents visit the stores to kit out their offspring with top quality modern elegance. Bonton often collaborate with other hip brands to create one off limited edition collections so it's worth keeping an eye out for them. This store presents the entire Bonton collections and for added fun and convenience they host a hairdresser and photo booth for ultimate one stop shopping.
The Left Bank store is also one to note. Whilst smaller than the flagship it sells a similar selection of convetable must haves. Shop the party supplies for some unusual and funky invites, party bag fillers and accessoires then bargain hunters and savvy shoppers can pop into the surplus store next door to pick up some of last season’s bargains.
Inspiring stores and charming staff make Bonton a delight so miss at your peril.
5 BLVD DES FILLES DU CALVAIRE 75003 | 82 - 84 RUE DE GRENELLE 75007
Photos : BONTON | URBANITO