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The Best Independent Bookstores in Monaco

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Updated: 21 November 2017
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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.

BOMO

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BOMO is a really cherished—by locals and visitors alike—English-language bookstore in Monaco. The store, owned by New York native Siri Khalsa, offers up fiction and non-fiction, with an excellent kids section. The bookstore is located next to Monaco’s traditional market, La Condamine, so if you want to get a slice of “real” Monaco, then this is the area to head over to. It’s open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from midday – 6 p.m.
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Snowflake

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.

Snowflake, 1 Promenade Honoré II, Les Jardins d’Apolline, Monaco, France, +37 797 772 467

Alphabet

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Alphabet specializes in school books for the principality, as well as school supplies and general stationery. You can’t miss it—it’s got a cute frontage in baby pink and is right next to Monaco Beaux-Arts, a picture framing shop that always stocks gorgeous greeting cards and art supplies. It’s open Monday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Mon:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Rêveries

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.

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