The Best Independent Bookstores in Lille

Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer23 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.

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 | © 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.

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!

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