Many know about the bookshops “Shakespeare & Co”, the present one and the original one … I wrote about them here and here. There is another, possibly more discrete bookshop, but also (more than) full of old and new books. It's named "The Abbey Bookshop". The owner, Brian Spence, of Canadian origin, opened this shop in 1989. He has now some 39.000 titles to offer … most of them in English, but there is also a large choice of especially French-Canadian books.
The shop is to be found in a beautiful early 18th century building, in an old street. During the 12th century the street was referred to as “Rue des Ecrivains” (the writers) and since 1387 it has been named “Rue de la Parcheminerie” (parchment making).
When you try to make your way in the shop, including downstairs, you wonder how it is possible to find a specific title you may be looking for.