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Wander the endless aisles of this book-lovers’ haven, which sells both French and English books, as well as French comics (“BDs”), maps, and just about anything else on the printed page. You have six stores to choose from (all right next to each other), selling used books, new books, DVDs, art supplies, and stationery.

One of the largest selections of everything from elegant fountain pens to creamy pastels can be found at the multi-leveled stationery store, 30 bd. St-Michel. Mostly geared toward student needs, this is a good place to find both the practical and the pretty at reasonable prices.