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Top Choice Books in Latin Quarter

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare's enchanting nooks and crannies overflow with new and secondhand English-language books. The original shop (12 rue l’Odéon, 6e; closed by the Nazis in 1941) was run by Sylvia Beach and became the meeting…
Top Choice Books in Paris

Bouquinistes

With some 3km of forest-green boxes lining the Seine – containing over 300,000 secondhand (and often out-of-print) books, rare magazines, postcards and old advertising posters – Paris' bouquinistes (used-book seller…
Top Choice Books in Alnwick

Barter Books

Coal fires, velvet ottomans, reading rooms and a cafe make this secondhand bookshop in Alnwick's Victorian former railway station wonderfully atmospheric. It's responsible for the renaissance of the WWII 'Keep Calm …
Top Choice Books in Kreuzberg & Neukölln

Another Country

Run by the eccentric Sophie Raphaeline, this nonprofit boho outfit is really more a library and (countercultural) salon than a bookshop. Pick a tome from around 20,000 used English-language books – classic lit to sc…
Top Choice Books in Ennis

Scéal Eile Books

A delight to explore, this emerald-green-painted bookshop overflows with new and secondhand literature including rare titles across all genres from poetry to sci-fi and travel. A stove at the rear, ensconced between…
Top Choice Books in Alghero

Cyrano

A cool independent bookshop doubling as a cafe and cultural centre. Most books are in Italian, but in summer it stocks a small range of English-language titles. Books apart, it's a lovely spot to hang out over a cof…
Top Choice Books in Kensington & Hyde Park

John Sandoe Books

The perfect antidote to impersonal book superstores, this atmospheric three-storey bookshop in 18th-century premises is a treasure trove of literary gems and hidden surprises. It's been in business for six decades a…
Top Choice Books in Malá Strana

Shakespeare & Sons

Though its shelves groan with a formidable range of literature in English, French and German, this is more than just a bookshop (with Prague's best range of titles on East European history) – it's a congenial litera…
Top Choice Books in Galway City

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

A civic treasure, the rambling rooms at Charlie Byrne's are crammed with over 100,000 new, secondhand, third-hand and discounted books and out-of-print titles, including a trove of Irish interest (and Irish language…
Top Choice Books in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Mál og Menning

This friendly, popular and well-stocked independent bookshop carries great English-language books for getting under the skin of Iceland. Check out Thermal Pools in Iceland by Jón G Snæland and Þóra Sigurbjörnsdóttir…