Jan 13 2012

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no escaping… the red wheelbarrow bookshop in Paris

After so many visits to Paris during the soldes, I didn’t think I could get very excited about them anymore. But today I discovered that my favourite English bookstore in Paris, The Red Wheelbarrow, at 22 rue Saint Paul, in the 4th arrondissement (phone: 01 48 04 75 08), is having a very serious sale indeed. I’ve always loved visiting this bookshop, as much for the welcoming owner and her staff as for the astute and wide-ranging choice of books.You can read the history of the bookshop here.

It’s also a great excuse to visit the gorgeous Marais area (as if one needs an excuse!), and more specifically the Village Saint Paul, just near the bookshop.

Details of the sale:

25% off all hard-bound non-fiction books

Selected children’s hardbound PICTURE books: 12€

Selected paperbound picture books:10€ plus, buy 2  paperbound children’s picture books on sale, and get a 3rd one free (= 3 paperbound children’s picture books, 20€)

There’s also a big  table in the center of the shop, with every paperbound fiction title on the table only 10 euros (plus, buy 10, get an 11th free = 11 paperbound fiction books for 100 euros)

The shop is open 7 days, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Monday 10-6 p.m. and Sunday noon (or sometimes a little later) to 6 p.m.

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  1. Caro.ynB

    Great post – now that is a solde I’d be interested in!

    Cheers and enjoy Paris.

  2. Paris Calling

    Oh hadn’t heard of this bookshop – will definitely check it out now. Thanks!

  3. michael r james

    I have to be careful seeing such bookstores. I wouldn’t normally buy books in Paris but last time I was there I was tempted, in one of those upmarket shops in rue de Seine, by two large format photobooks which are normally >60 euros but were in the annual solde at 20 and 25 euros. But they were a significant contribution to my luggage becoming over limit!
    The Red Wheelbarrow is a new one to me too. Pretty sure it was not there when I lived in Paris. It makes me wonder how it can survive there which is not really a high pedestrian traffic area. (just Googled: it opened in 2001 so it is well established! bravo) Elaine Lewis’ book on her attempt to make an English, in fact an Australian, bookstore in Paris (Left Bank Waltz) shows how tough it is.

  4. Nancy dickson

    Went by there this week (22 September) and posted store hours show them not opening until 2:30pm. Closed both mornings we past by.

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