The Best Independent Bookstores in Bordeaux

<a href = "https://unsplash.com/photos/o4-YyGi5JBc"> Dig into books | © Glen Noble/Unsplash
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Photo of Jennifer Migan
7 August 2017

Wandering in a bookstore for hours without worrying about the time is one of the luxuries that tourists can indulge in while on holiday. Those planning to visit Bordeaux, a city known for its rich cultural scene, here are some of the best independent bookstores to find a new bedside book.

Librairie Mollat

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Librairie Mollat
Librairie Mollat | © Jennifer Migan
Opened in 1886, Librairie Mollat is the first independent bookstore in France and one of the most famous. This vast contemporary library is one of the most important cultural checkpoints in the city. Over 50 highly qualified librarians who specialize in art history, literature, children’s books, and even fiscal law are there to help patrons finding the perfect book.

Quai des Livres

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Bookworms will definitively enjoy the Quai des Livres. Regulars love coming to this special place in the historical part of town and choosing from among 80,000 books covering a very wide range of topics at very affordable prices. The venue is also an art gallery that frequently hosts exhibitions.

Akilit

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A customer wandering in a bookstore looking for old books
A customer wandering in a bookstore looking for old books | © Aris Sfakianakis/Unsplash
Ancient books lover hoping to increase their collections should definitively make a trip to Akilit. There is a carefully-curated selection of ancient books and upon request, the staff will be happy to search for a book if the bookstore doesn’t have what patrons are looking for.

La Machine À Lire

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Books and a hot chocolate are always a good match
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La Machine à Lire is an independent bookstore located in one of the popular areas of Bordeaux. Feel at ease in this library’s vaulted room and appreciate the large choice of books. If unsure of something, ask the owner for his expertise.

Krazy Kat

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Reading cartoons is always a good idea
Reading cartoons is always a good idea | © Sebastiann Spindler/Unsplash
As homage to the former American comic strip newspaper, Krazy Kat, this bookstore will delight the manga and comic art lovers. The store distinguishes itself with its very photogenic art on the wall, the super helpful staff, and the great coffee customers can enjoy while choosing their next read.

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