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The Best Independent Bookstores in Lille

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Updated: 23 June 2017
The capital of the North is a surprising city, with a rich cultural scene evident in its fabulous museums, art galleries, exhibitions, historical landmarks and its amazing selection of bookstores.
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World tour

Just a five-minute walk from the train and Eurostar stations, Autour du Monde features a rich selection of books focused on travel – including regional guides, travel essays, international travel titles and maps.

Autour du Monde, 5 Rue de Paris, Lille, France +33 03 20 78 19 33

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Family fun

Le Bateau Livre is located in the Wasemmes neighbourhood of Lille, offering a large selection of titles including a specialized children’s section. Twice a week they hold storybook readings for the little ones.

Le Bateau Livre, 154 rue Léon Gambetta, Lille, France +33 (0)3 20 78 16 30

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Two cousins

After working separately in two successful bookstores, cousins Fantine et Alix decided to join forces and set up the delightful La Lison, with the enthusiasm born from a strong belief in the important role that neighbourhood bookshops play in the life of a community.

La Lison, 8 Place Jeanne d’Arc, Lille, France +33 09 83 99 70 32

A stunning setting

There’s a long tradition of second-hand bookstalls in the incredible historical landmark of the old stock exchange La Vieille Bourse. The booksellers, or bouquinistes, set up in the beautiful courtyard every day from Tuesday to Sunday between 1pm and 7pm.

Second hand booksellers in the Vieille Bourse
Second hand booksellers in the Vieille Bourse | © Saber 68 Wikicommons

International central

V.O. (short for version originale) is a dreamy little spot created in 2002, offering a large selection of books in their original language. You will find classics, and new releases in English, German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. You can also enjoy a coffee while you browse, and literary events are held throughout the year.

Librairie Internationale V.O. , 53 rue du Molinel 59000 Lille, France +33 03 20 14 33 96

Coffee and comics

There’s a lovely little corner in Lille for comic lovers. At BD + Café you can sip your grand crême with a side of comics, and if you are enjoying the read… well, then you just buy it and take it home, of course!

BD + Café, 5 rue Royale, Lille, France +33 03 20 15 11 47

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Antique hunting

The Librairie Godon, near the cathedral, has been a Lille institution since 1987. There is a treasure-hunt feel in the irresistible shelves at Librairie Godon, stacked with antique and modern books spanning from the 16th to the 20th century.

Librairie Godon, 6 Rue Bartholomé Masurel, Lille, France +33 03 20 31 56 19