These booksellers and antique dealers provide one of the most typical images of the city on both side of the Seine.
Dozens of stalls offering prints, second-hand books, posters, paintings, old magazines and small antiques line the banks of the Seine and never fail to draw in a curious crowd of visitors. You’ll be able to pick up small, unusual souvenirs at very affordable prices. The City of Light simply wouldn’t be the same without the romantic and bohemian image of the bouquinistes , whose origins date back to the 16th century. In fact, it is thanks to this loose collection of booksellers and antique dealers that the Seine has been poetically described as “the only river in the world to flow between two bookshelves”. On the right of the river you’ll find these road-side stalls between Pont Marie and the Louvre, whilst on the left bank they are between the Quai de la Tournelle and the Quai de Voltaire.