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Monaco can be quite an overwhelming place at first glance. However, get below the surface and its other side—with its Bijoux galleries, traditional cafés, pop-up exhibitions—shines bright. Read on for the best independent bookstores you can discover in the principality.
Snowflake is a bookshop, workshop, and café all in one. With a cool Scandinavian interior and lots of space to sit (in comfy chairs and sofas) or work (at laptop-friendly desks), Snowflake offers a tasteful “time out” among the Monaco madness. There is a storytime for kids hosted each Wednesday along with various other literary events dotted throughout the year.
Situated right next to a cake shop—what more could you ask for?—is this Bijoux bookshop that is the real flavor of old Monaco. You’ll find just about a bit of everything here. The opening hours are very Mediterranean: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Walk about six minutes further up, Monaco’s infamous hilly streets from Rêveries and you’ll come to Le Pain de Vie bookshop. Another little local gem.
Rêveries, 24 Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, Monaco, France, +37 793 508 481