There’s nothing quite like the sight of old books. One piled on top of another, all precariously perched. All just waiting to be read, millions of stories just waiting to unfold, hidden inside the covers of well-thumbed pages. There’s nothing quite like the feel of cracked parchment under your hands, and the notion of quite literally touching history. Well, you’ll find all this and more at the Librairie Le Point du Jour in the 5e arrondissement of Paris…
Librairie Le Point du Jour Address | 58 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris, France
Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, on a street filled with, independent boutiques and plenty of spots to caffeinate, you’ll find this treasure of a bookstore. Inside, you’ll find thousands of books covering all sorts of topics on sociology, history, economics, philosophy, politics, among other things. If I’m honest, the bookshop is the kind of place you wander into for the purpose of finding one thing, only to walk out an hour or two later with much more than you had previously anticipated purchasing!
We wandered by on a chilly afternoon in late October and I was surprised to see that the store was open at that late time of day (post 5 pm). Nearby, you’ll find attractions such as the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Paris Pantheon and a sweet independent cinema ‘Studio des Ursulines’ (which also happens to be one of the oldest cinemas in Paris and only has one screen).
The Librairie Le Point du Jour was first founded over thirty years ago by a group of students who wanted to share their passion and knowledge of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Today, it is a thriving shop, managed by bookseller and shopkeeper Patrick Bobulesco. He is incredibly knowledgeable on a whole range of topics and is always willing to lend a hand in helping you to find the exact book you’re searching for. So, if you’re ever in the area, make sure to pop in. After all, you never know quite what you might find!