The weekly antique and used book market (marché du livre ancien et d'occasion) in Paris
Looking for an antique map of Paris from 1728, a leather bound collection of books by French author Marcel Pagnol, some black and white photographs, comic books or old magazines? With the demise of mega-bookstores like Borders and the nascence of e-book readers, the weekly antique and used book market is a bibliophile's dream come true. Admittedly, all of the books that I saw were in French, but there was something reassuring about the leather bound tomes...a sense of timelessness that doesn't come with downloading a book on my Kindle. Plus, it's a great spot for browsing and for people watching.
After digging through stall after stall, Stephane and I unearthed some affordable treasures, such as "Images du Monde" magazines from 1947 (3 Euros) for his mother, "La Mode Pratique" publications from 1907 with sketches of women's fashion (3 Euros) to frame and a couple of French DVDs (3-5 Euros) that Stephane has been wanting to watch with our children.
If you find yourself a bit distracted by the heavenly scent of freshly baked bread while you're browsing, follow your nose across the street to the famous Poilane bakery and sample one of their apple pastries. They're delicious.
Held in the former horse market at 104 rue Brancion next to the Parc Georges-Brassens, sixty booksellers display their continuously changing wares every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year (without exception) from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
|This photo shows one of the two covered book markets.|