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The Best Independent Bookstores in Bordeaux

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Updated: 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.
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Librairie Mollat

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.

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Librairie Ancienne Laurencier

The Librairie Ancienne Laurencier is the epitome of a traditional library. Its ancient charm and peaceful atmosphere make it the perfect spot to get lost in books.

Librairie Ancienne Laurencier, 7 Rue du Chai des Farines, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 81 68 79

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Quai des Livres

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.

Quai des Livres, 102 Cours Victor Hugo, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 57 95 93 30

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Librairie Ancienne Michèle Masson

On the way to a relaxing evening to the Place Saint Pierre, make a halt to the Librairie Ancienne Michèle Masson. The owner, a graduate from the prestigious La Sorbonne, is passionate about old and atypical books covering different topics and from different eras.

Librairie Ancienne Michèle Masson, 8 Rue des Bahutiers, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 51 22 26

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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.

Akilit, 19 Rue Delbos, Bordeaux, France, +33 06 29 91 56 02

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La Bouquinerie Plus

People may stop by La Bouquinerie Plus to buy postcards featuring Bordeaux, but they stay longer after seeing it also has a bookstore that buys, sells, and exchanges used books. Purchase some recent books for up to 40 percent cheaper than regular prices.

La Bouquinerie Plus, 44 Place Gambetta, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 01 09 10

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Librairie Le Passeur

Located on the right bank of the Garonne River, This cozy bookstore’s regular customers praise the great selection of books (especially for children), and the very friendly and knowledgeable staff will gently guide and help customers find the most suitable picks.

Librairie Le Passeur, 9 Avenue Thiers, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 32 83 37

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La Machine À Lire

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.

La Machine À Lire, 8 Place du Parlement, Bordeaux, France, +33 05 56 48 03 87

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Librairie La Nuit des Rois

A nice place right in the center of the city. Find many literary gems covering various genres such as cartoons, rare and recent books, or even ancient postcards. The arty décor and the owner’s warm welcoming will make wandering around for a while a unique experience.

Librairie La Nuit des Rois, 38 Rue des Ayres, Bordeaux, France, +33 09 80 92 08 38

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For those travelling with children, Comptines is a bookstore that specializes in children’s literature. Kids will love the colorful aspect of the place and adults will be happy to pick a book that will keep them occupied for awhile.

Comptines, 5 Rue Duffour Dubergier, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 44 55 56

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Krazy Kat

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.

Krazy Kat, 10 Rue de la Merci, Bordeaux, France, +33 5 56 52 16 60