The Abbey Bookshop

"The Original"
29 Rue de la Parcheminerie
5 Arr

The Abbey Popshop

"Downtown Abbey"
38 Bis Boulevard de Beaumarchais
11 Arr. 
M: Chemin Vert

New Books,
Used Books, 
and Rare books

special and mail orders

Not only do we offer over 40,000 titles in store, but we order titles from all over the Anglo-American world. We offer standard economical shipping at no extra charge or rush service by courier for an extra fee. 

opening hours

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm 

Lundi - Samedi, 10h - 19h

29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris

© Annelene Schulze

© Annelene Schulze

© Annelene Schulze


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In 1989, Brian Spence, who hails from Toronto, crossed the Atlantic to bring his Abbey Bookshop to an international audience. The Abbey Bookshop in Paris’s Latin Quarter has for the last twenty years become a cultural epicenter for Canadians, Anglophones and Anglophiles from all corners of the world. Although offering a wide variety of Canadian books, its main attraction is an eclectic collection of over 35,000 titles in English ranging from scholarly to popular literature.
The shop sits on rue de la Parcheminerie, originally named rue des Escrivains for the scribes and scriveners who were the heart of the Parisian book trade until parchmentmakers replaced them in the late Middle Ages. On July 1, 1989 the Abbey Bookshop brought the book trade back to this historic street.

The building Spence serendipitously discovered for his shop is the eighteenth-century Hotel Dubuisson, one of the most handsome in the Latin Quarter. The historic “hôtel” is protected as a monument for its picturesque façade, sculptural decoration and carved doors.



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