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Provence has a strong literary heritage and it's a great place to find books | © Elroy Serrao/Flickr
Provence has a strong literary heritage and it's a great place to find books | © Elroy Serrao/Flickr
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Top 10 Independent Bookstores in Provence

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Updated: 16 July 2017
Provence is a great place to come for books. It’s a region that’s attracted some of the greatest writers from F.Scott Fitzgerald to Ernest Hemingway. It’s also been the setting for some great novels, like The Count of Monte Cristo and Tender is the Night. There are some great stores in Provence to find books and while away the hours with a coffee. Here’s our list of the top 10 independent bookstores in the region.
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Maupetit

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

The Librairie Jean Jaurès is a huge bookstore in Nice that’s run by three brothers who love books. It runs kids workshops, book signings and sells English books, as well as every other subject.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm Closed Sundays.

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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.

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La Friche

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.

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