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The Best Independent Bookstores in Strasbourg

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Updated: 13 May 2017

Strasbourg is a city with an incredibly rich cultural life, nourished by its eventful history, its position spanning France and Germany, and its contemporary role as the home of European Institutions. There’s an endless supply of interesting places to explore, as well as an amazing selection of bookstores and bouquinistes. We’ve rounded up the best ones to pay a visit to.

Ex Libro: for the paperback hunter

The Ex Libro bookshop is located in the heart of Strasbourg, close to the Saint-Etienne College. The store offers new and second-hand books of all genres: novels, young adult fiction, science, travel, and more. Customers praise the serene atmosphere and the knowledgeable staff.

Ex Libro, 22 B 22 B Rue des Frères, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 14 06 22

Librairie Internationale Kléber: for the awesome location

Located in the famous Kléber Square in the heart of Strasbourg, Librairie Internationale Kléber is a bookworm’s dream come true, striking the perfect balance between old-style and contemporary convenience. The friendly staff are there if you need them, but they will also let you explore in peace if you so desire.

Librairie Internationale Kléber, 1 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 15 78 88

Librairie Kléber, Strasbourg | © Ralf Roletschek/Wikicommons

Quai des Brumes: for the literary fiend

Established in 1984, the Quai des Brumes bookshop, named in honor of novelist Pierre Mac Orlan, offers a wide selection of books dedicated to literature, philosophy, art, and human sciences. The love of books is evident in the expert care taken to stock the shelves. Quai des Brumes also regularly organizes literary events. 

Quai des Brumes, 120 Grand’Rue, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 35 32 84

Librairie des Bateliers: for the voyager

Located on the historic river banks, across the bridge from the impressive cathedral and Rohan Palace, Libraire des Bateliers has an extensive array of books that seems almost impossible to fit into such tight quarters. The owners take personal pride in their travel book collection and are generous with their expertise, which they share in their weekly literary meetings.

Librairie des Bateliers, 5 Rue Modeste Schickelé, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 37 90 60

Librairie Broglie: for the serious bookworm

One of the best-loved spots in the city, Librairie Broglie has a cozier feel than the larger stores but stocks a seemingly infinite number of titles; new, out-of-print, rare, and, if they don’t have it, they’ll gladly order it for you. A very active roster of book signings, lectures and workshops bring this dynamic corner of Strasbourg to the forefront of local cultural life.

Librairie Broglie, 23 Place Broglie, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 32 17 40

Librairie Broglie, Strasbourg | © ActualLitté/WikiCommons

Librairie de l’Amateur: for the rare pearl

Nestled a few meters from the cathedral, in a charming backyard, this bookstore is a delight for bibliophiles and lovers of old and rare books. Take a look at the online catalog available on their website to find that rare leather-bound volume, illustrated book, or first edition. 

Librairie de l’Amateur, 24 C Rue des Orfèvres, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 32 11 72

Dinali: for the little ones

Near the Broglie tram stop and about a five-minute walk from Place Kléber, you could easily miss the little Dinali bookshop, so be sure to look out for it. It has a small but cheerful selection of new books and magazines, plus a lovely selection of children’s titles – perfect when you need to pick up a gift.

Librairie Dinali, 26 Rue de la Mésange, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 32 57 95

Farfafouilles: for the comic book fans

Comic enthusiasts, you have found your temple. If you are looking for a comic that has rocked your childhood, or which is missing from your collection, Farfafouilles is one of the rare places in Strasbourg that offers out-of-print editions, as well as current titles and big names.

Librairie Farfafouilles, 5 Place Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 36 30 88

Au Coin Littéraire: for the inveterate bibliophile

During a walk along the Turkheim wharf, make a stop at this bookshop and go on a treasure hunt for old books. Hiding on the shelves you’ll find valuable and rare editions.

Au Coin Littéraire, 4 Quai Turckheim, Strasbourg, France, +33 3 88 75 14 60