My Five Favourite Bookshops.

As a self confessed book lover, I’ve spent many an hour in a bookshop. In fact, it’s definitely mine and my boyfriend’s favourite past time – going to a bookshop, for us, is like going on a day out. So, I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favourites that I’ve come across, most of them fairly recently.

If anyone has any of favourites they’d like to share with me, I’m all ears. I’d love to hear about some across the globe or just a hidden treasure from your hometown. 🙂


    1. Shakespeare and Company, Paris. Thinking of my favourite bookshop was an easy one for me (I even mentioned it in my previous blog post on Paris). Shakespeare and Company is a family run bookshop and cafe a stone throw away from Notre Dame. The shop itself has a really lovely history behind it, which is definitely worth a read on their website – It’s extremely unique and fun and interesting and honestly, I just don’t really have enough nice words to say about it. Unfortunately, you’re not actually allowed to take pictures inside – therefore these are from Google.. but I hope you can see how magical and charming this place really is. Probably my favourite place in Paris.

      “I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.” — George Whitman



  1. P&G Wells, Winchester. Probably an easy second comes this little treasure I found with my boyfriend while exploring Winchester not too long ago. It’s actually part of the Winchester College building and has really beautiful arty signs for book genres which was definitely my favourite part of it. It’s just behind the renowned cathedral and is just a couple of doors down from Jane Austen’s final house.

    (Again, not my pics)

    I will mention though, that just around the corner from here is the cathedral’s second hand bookshop which houses everything from Penguin classics to current bestsellers at about £1-2 each. All an absolute bargain and a hugggeee difference to the price if you were to buy the same book at P&G Wells!

  2. Pages, Settle (North Yorkshire) Had to throw a bit of home in here so here’s my favourite from the little town nearby. Pages is a second hand bookshop specialising in Penguin classics. So cute, cheap and lovely.
  3. Foyles, Charing Cross Rd, London. Moving on now to somewhere a little more mainstream. Foyles on Charing Cross Rd is their flagship store. It’s huge and totally different to anywhere else on this list,  but has a really lovely cafe on the top floor – which if you’re able to get a chair – is a really great place to read, catch up, or get on with some work.


  4. Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford. And finally, I’m finishing with Blackwell’s in Oxford. I was introduced to here by my boyfriend while he was studying in Oxford (and he wanted to keep me busy) and it didn’t disappoint. Blackwell’s have bookshops across the country now but this was the original site and it’s just a very lovely bookshop. You can take a virtual tour here – 🙂



Thank you for reading! And again, please share with me any of your favourite bookshops from around the globe! I’m always looking for a new place to discover 🙂

Billie x

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