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A wonderful bookstore in Quito Ecuador is Libri Mundi, girl readingwhich is located in the one of the popular tourist neighborhhood in the southern section of the modern part of Quito (Juan Leon Mera). This is the most popular area for hotels and tourist-focused restaurants/craft shops. Libri Mundi has a large English language section but the best part is the beautiful "coffee table" photography -- Art books including books with photos of local indigenous crafts, Ecuadorian nature photography, and wonderful books on the many indigenous groups in the country, and in nearby South American countries. The staff are friendly and helpful and most speak enough English to help you find what you need. Address: Juan León Mera No. 23-83, Entre Wilsón y Veintimilla, Quito, Ecuador.
Ellen, Toronto, Canada


Last year when I was travelling in Ecuador, I found the greatest English-language bookstore in Cuenca (they also have Spanish books and operate in conjunction with a stationery/school supplies shop). Travellers will find that ABC Bookstore offers book exchange services in additon to straight up purchases. They will receive a $2 USD credit towards their purchase for each book they bring in (but their purchase must add up to more than the amount they are credited for). ABC Bookstore is located at Padre Aguirre 8-11, on the west side of the street and just to the north of Mariscal Sucre. They can be contacted via email at
Julie, Busan, Korea



Book-in-Bar is a small bookstore that sells English-language books and DVDs in Aix-en-Provence, France. It includes a small coffee & tea bar where people meet to talk or read a variety of English-language newspapers and magazines. Lively, friendly and helpful! Located on rue Joseph Cabassol; website:
Susan, Aix-en-Provence, France

In Paris I'd like to recommend Shakespeare and Company (37, rue de la Bucherie) which is down by the Seine. Expect used books, an eccentric atmosphere bursting with fabulous, mind-expanding "reads." Proprietor, George Whitman is straight out of Dickens, his customers straight out of Fellini.

Also, The Abbey Bookshop (29, rue de la Parcheminerie), the Canadian bookstore in Paris, is not far from Shakespeare and Company. You'll find a wonderful selection of new and used books in both French and English. Canadian books are featured, but other countries are represented as well. They frequently host author readings, so check their schedule.
Sandra, California, USA

In Paris I recommend, Librairie Gourmande, 4 rue Dante, 75005 Paris. Tel.: 33 (0) 1 43 54 37 27. girl readingI visited this quaint but well-stocked culinary bookstore in Paris in 2004 over the Bastille Day holiday. The shelves are stuffed with cookbooks in French, English, German and a few other languages in small quantities. Just ask the shop's enthusiastic and gastro-knowledgeable proprietress, Amy Prevost, and she can help you in French or Anglais, as you prefer. I purchased three colorful books- all in English- on French bistro fare, Patisserie (pastry) desserts, and Provencal dishes. I also brought home a cute little paperback for entertaining for friends in French, although I didn't realize until I brought it home - the measurements are all metric, bien sur! From their website at, click on 'contactez-nous' for a map, or just ask directions from either the St. Michel or Maubert Metro stops.
Stephanie, Albuquerque, USA

The San Francisco Book Co (17 rue Monsieur le Prince) is a terrific bookstore in Paris for used English language books. The owner, who originally lived in San Francisco, achieved his dream to own a bookstore here in Paris! So if, like me, you always carry a paperback book with you when you travel, this is a great place to exchange it for another great one while you're here.
Jeanne, Paris, France

My favorite English Bookstore in Paris is Galignani, “the first English Bookshop established on the continent” according to their card. I love their art and design books as well as their literary collection. Address: 224, rue du Rivoli, 75001 Paris. This is a great location near the Louvre and next to Angelina Salon de The that serves great chocolates and afternoon tea.
Gretchen, San Francisco, USA



In Munich it's always fun to pop into an English bookshop to pick up a guide or two. girl readingI recommend Anglia English Bookshop (supposedly started by an old English lady in 1954 and later sold)-- their window piled oh-so-high with books (Schellingstrasse 3) and Words Worth -- including some gift items at Schellingstrasse 21A.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada



girl readingAtlantis Books is a small bookstore on the Greek island of Santorini, founded by a small group of people from America, Cyprus, and England. They stock books in six languages, and specialize in Greek authors in translation, as well as classics and modern classics in English. The books sit on handmade shelves of wood found on the island, constructed in a unique design, and often the atmosphere is peppered with background music from jazz to classical to rock and roll. Website:
Iris, Montreal, Canada

Hawaii...girl reading

My favorite book store is Borders in Honolulu's Ward Center. It has the greatest selection of nursing, medical, and gardening books. The store also has a great music selection and a coffee shop. Overall the store has the best selection of books of all the stores I have visited while traveling through Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. It is always one of my destinations every time I visit Honolulu.
Barbara, Calgary, Canada

Holland...girl reading

In Amsterdam, browse Xantippe, the prime women's bookstore (Prinsengracht 290). Ask for their complimentary listing of "women's places." Expect excellent resource material and, their female-friendly postcards are great fun!
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada

Book buyers beware! A visit to Donner Boeken (Lijnbaan 150) in Rotterdam might be more than you bargained for. But be brave! This is Holland's biggest bookshop--eight floors, ten thousand English titles, and one of the nicest selections of travel books you're likely to come across anywhere.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada


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