The Best Independent Bookstores in Dijon

Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer15 May 2017

With its illustrious heritage and its streets steeped in history, Dijon offers a treasure trove of undiscovered corners where culture is alive and thriving. Lose yourself along the multifaceted selection of titles old and new in these captivating literary spots in Dijon.

Burgundy focus: Au Duché de Bourgogne

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This is not a traditional bookstore but rather a wine merchant slash souvenir shop with an extensive book section, dedicated to everything Burgundy. There’s travel guides, wine guides, photography books, coffee table books and quirky local lore books that you won’t find anywhere else. Keep an eye on the stone steps going down to the cave, there may be a wine tasting session in progress.

Hidden stash: Librairie Heurtebise

Bookstore, Library, Shop
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Librairie Heurtebise
Librairie Heurtebise | ©Abhi Sharma/Flickr
If you don’t look closely, you might miss this small shop tucked away in a narrow alley. Heurtebise is a bookshop selling antique and rare books, on history, literature, philosophy, science, esotericism and travel. It publishes six annual catalogs for the reference of readers, collectors and book professionals.

Coffee break: La Fleur Qui Pousse à l'Interieur

Bookstore, Library, Theater
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A relative newcomer to the Dijon cultural scene, two passionate master librairians opened a tea room and bookstore around the corner from Dijon’s venerable public library. Sit down to a very civilized cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake in the bright and fresh interior while you leaf through your literary finds. ©La Fleur qui Pousse à L’Interieur/Facebook

Young readers and English books: Librairie Autremend Dit

Bookstore, Library
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A real goldmine for children and young adult literature, plus a good selection of English titles. You’ll also find material for language learning: English, German, Russian… you name it. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, the welcoming owners are a former language teacher and a professional librarian and will be more than happy to guide you through your choices. ©Librairie Autrement Dit/Facebook

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