3. Peruse Shakespeare & Company
Head back over to the Left Bank, and check out Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, an old Hemingway hangout and perhaps the most famous independent bookstore the world over. This place has an incredibly varied selection of material (mostly in English) and has a cool vibe worth checking out. The atmosphere is the real draw, here, so feel free to wander in and flip through a few titles before making your selection, as the management seems just happy to have the company. If you’re a true bibliophile, check out the other booksellers along the Quai des Grands Augustins, which is like a heavenly outdoor flea market for book lovers.