Where? Paris, France
Visited: August, 2008
(Read more on The Abbey Bookshop in our Report from Paris)
We had a chat with the owner, Brian Spence, who opened the bookstore in 1989 (next year, on July 1st, the Abbey Bookshop will be 20 years old). After having little luck with real estate agents, Brian found the location for his bookstore by walking around Paris' neighborhoods that he himself liked and knocking on the doors. Soon afterwards, he had the perfect spot for Abbey in the Latin Quarter in the heart of Paris. And we can confirm that he has a whole repertoire of interesting stories connected to the history of the impressive building he has chosen for his bookstore.
Abbey Bookshop stocks over 35,000 titles (5,000 purely Canadian ones) covering topics from literature, arts via philosophy and history to travel guides and books on francophone countries. The offer is a combination of both new and used books, exclusively in English. It is a subsidiary of Toronto's Abbey Bookshop and it is the only bookstore outside of Canada representing Canadian publishers. Brian certainly knows his stock well and will help you find any book you need, regardless if they have it on stock or not. All in all, if you find yourself getting tired of all the tourists in front of Notre Dame, we most definitely recommend you to look up Abbey, which is located just a few streets away, and you're in for a pleasant surprise.
The Abbey Bookshop
29, rue de la Parcheminerie
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