You can find the Maupetit bookshop on La Canebière, one of the main boulevards in Marseille. They have a really good selection of books (including English language) and hold a lot of reading events. This is at the more professional end of book shops (rather than a place where you can rummage through piles of dusty books) and a great place to find a specific book that you’re trying to track down.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Closed Sundays.
Librairie Jean Jaurès
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm Closed Sundays.
Librairie Jean Jaurès, 2 Rue Centrale, Nice, France +33(0)4 93 85 61 27
Book in Bar
Book in Bar, 4 Rue Joseph Cabassol, Aix-en-Provence, France +33 (0)4 42 26 60 07
Le Lièvre de Mars – Marseille
Au Brouillon de Culture – Nice
Au Brouillon de Culture is a second-hand bookstore in Nice. It’s a great place to browse through piles of books, all of which are separated by topic. You can find English language books here too.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm, 2.30pm to 7pm. Saturday, 9am to 12pm, 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Closed Sundays.
Au Brouillon de Culture, 23 Rue de l’Hôtel des Postes, Nice, France +33 (0)4 93 62 28 32
La Friche is an edgy urban space in the centre of Marseille that runs down the side of the train station (St Charles). It used to be an old tobacco factory and is now home to lots of new startups, a rooftop bar, a fantastic restaurant and this wonderful arty bookstore. It’s one of the best places to pick up a present for someone who loves art and they also have some wonderful kids colouring and activity books. The coffee isn’t bad either.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm. Monday, 10am to 6pm.
La Friche, 41 Rue Jobin, Marseille, France +33 4 95 04 95 95
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm
Les Fictionautes, 5 Rue Biscarra, Nice, France +33 (0)4 93 13 88 48
This small bookshop in Nice is where you can spend hours rummaging through the piles of books.
Opening hours: Monday, 11am to 7pm. Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Closed Sundays.
Librairie Acropole, 10 Avenue Félix Faure, Nice, France +33 (0)4 93 62 39 16
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
L’Attrape Mots, 212 Rue Paradis, Marseille, France +33 4 91 57 08 34