A Literary Weekend Break in Paris, France


On your weekend break in Paris instead of rushing around to visit the city’s big sights why not focus on its literary legacy.

This bookstore is probably the most iconic independent bookshop in the world and a haven for bibliophiles.

Shakespeare and Company

The café opened in 1912 and became the bohemian bolt-hole of both artists and writers alike. Hemingway, Picasso, Sartre and de Beauvoir all spent time here.

Les deux Magots

Hugo’s apartment sits in the square’s north eastern corner and is now the museum Maison de Victor Hugo.

Le Maison de Victor Hugo

Second-hand books, rare books, posters, maps, postcards and other ephemera are sold by the stall-holders.

The Bouquinistes

Some of Paris’ late literary greats have laid down their pens and made Cimetière du Père Lachaise their final resting place.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Features a naked, winged sphinx-like figure said to be based on his poem The Sphinx. It became a thing to leave a red lipstick kiss on the tomb.

Oscar Wilde’s tomb

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