Monday, January 23, 2012

My Favorite Shop in Paris

Comptoir de l’Image is my one and only hidden treasure in Paris. As you can see from this photograph, it’s a paradise for any magazine or book lover…


About the size of a postage stamp, every nook and cranny is filled to the brim; Paris Vogue, Numero, Dutch, vintage designer look books– it seems like every uber-cool publication can be found among the rare fashion and photography books here.  I can’t imagine any other place I would want to spend a rainy afternoon in Paris.


However, I wouldn’t bring a friend, it’s so small they may not be able to fit both of you!


Comptoir de l’Image

44 rue de Sévigné, 3e, Marais, Paris, 75003





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  1. Dominika

    January 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    it looks incredible!
    would LOVE to go there and look through all those magazines!

    Fashion Philosophy

  2. FashionUm

    January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Great photo. As always. I love vintage style, and that’s it, you got me.
    Show Your Outfit !

  3. comme fraiche

    January 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    can you find the book, “The Sartorialist” there?

  4. Elena

    January 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  5. Fredrik

    January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm


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  6. Mallika

    January 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow! This is truly a hidden gem!
    I am obsessed with magazines so I will definitely be stopping by! Also lovely picture :)

    x Mallika

  7. Candice @ NotesFromABroad

    January 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    It is about / or feels like 100ºF in Buenos Aires .. so aside from longing to be in Paris, no matter what … I would so love to be there today .
    Cool, damp and a quiet book store would make me so happy ..

  8. irene

    January 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  9. AIAM

    January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Now it will be always hidden by a queue of followers trying to find out about your hidden treasure, which seems to be a really interesting shop =)

  10. Marcel Da Chump

    January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Books and bikes…”these are a few of my favorite things”…

  11. Charlotte Wilder

    January 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I can see why. Beautiful photograph, Scott, looks like a place many of your followers (myself included) would be very happy to spend an afternoon.

  12. Serdane

    January 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Oh, Thank you a lot !! It is so useful to know where to find a place like this in Paris.

  13. Inside my head and wardrobe

    January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  14. Sophie

    January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Wow looks and sounds amazing.. i have to got there next time when i’m in paris!! :)
    I’m an Accessoire-Design student from Germany.

  15. Steph

    January 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Looks lovely! I love finds such as these! Quality bookstores are one of my fave things to search for in new cities! Thank you for sharing this with us!!


  16. Costanza Saglio

    January 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I know it very well!! It’s outstanding! <3

  17. anita

    January 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    How fun, I’ll make this a destination on my next trip. Show some pharmacies : )

  18. Stylefootprints

    January 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    J’adore Paris :)
    Check out my newest outfit post.x

  19. Kate

    January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    It’s always best to shop alone anyway :)


  20. Anna

    January 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    the black and white picture makes the place even more interesting!

  21. Ría

    January 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the recomendation!

  22. Monica

    January 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Nice picture. Looks like a place were you can hang out for hours. Thanks for the tip.

  23. AnthonyC

    January 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    A bike and a good visual arts bookshop in black-and-white. Atget, Brassai, et tu.

  24. AnthonyC

    January 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Sure would like your take on the Men’s collections – very interesting stuff – esp. Thom Browne.

  25. Julien

    January 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Love that place too!
    “Ciné Reflet”, in the 6th district, is really nice for those who like cinema!

  26. Deborah

    January 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    YOu say favorite *shop*….. better than all the clothing shops in Paris?!?!?

  27. Stylosophism

    January 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    book and photo: two passions. Photobooks one of my biggest passions


    January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the info – Definitely a shop that we should visit. A cacophony of books in a vintage ambiance….

  29. Ana

    January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I wish Iv had known about this place when I was in Paris!! I hope to have the opportunity to visit it next time. Love it!!Regards from Buenos Aires,Argentina.

  30. April

    January 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I have never been to Paris, but if I close my eyes, I can picture the rest of the bicycle, and the book store attendant.

  31. Geraldine

    January 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Wonderful library, I hope there will always be libraries in spite of e-readers development :-)

    Book lovers, at Book Aid Plan we collect donation and books, and then send these books worldwide to Peace corps volunteer. Help literacy programs:

  32. antique engagement rings

    January 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    A gorgeous vintage look!

  33. Torya

    January 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    When I was an au pair in Paris in 1998 i used to go there all of the time!!! I remember the shopkeeper. I am so glad Comptoir de L’image is getting a mention. If you are in Paris, you have to stop there. It is in the Marais. This shop is a DREAM for magazine and fashion book collectors.

  34. Emmy

    January 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! That’s like heaven for a nerd like me!

  35. Habiba. J

    January 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Gosh, Paris is such a dream for me. This little bookshop is great it has that Parisian feeling I love. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


    January 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    OOhhhhh. Thanks! Marking it down on my Paris To-Do List!

  37. Chris

    January 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Oh my god, it’s so amazing, if I would live in Paris I would buy everything from that shop :)

  38. Danielle Ruse

    January 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

    * sigh *

  39. ilegirl

    January 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

    What a lovely memory this evoked, as I recall walking by this charming shop, in a rush to meet someone, and wishing I had a moment (or hour) to pop in. Alas, I had only a limited number of days to spend in the city and many obligations while there. It’s one of the many reasons I hope to return one day to Paris, so that I can explore the nooks and crannies at a much more leisurely pace.

  40. Tom

    January 24, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Seems like a truly mouthwatering locale for any bibliophile..!

  41. We need more stores like this in the U.S.

  42. Johnny

    January 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Gonna stop by next time I’m in Paris

  43. jas

    January 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

    love it. will definitely try and visit when i’m in paris!

  44. AnjaB

    January 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

    What a coincidence. I will be in Paris at the end of next month and I will be there alone. And as I love books and old magazines I definitely will go there and have a look. Great, that you posted this one now. Just wrote down the address. Any other shops of this kind you could recommend?

    Grüße aus Deutschland

  45. Simon Brown

    January 24, 2012 at 5:39 am

    This photo brought back some really good memories; time spent rummaging amongst the wonders on those shelves and floor followed by several coffees reading my new wonders. I spend many happy hours in places like this, and many Euro.

    In reply to comme fraiche, of course you could get The Sartorialist book there; probably. To be honest though I’ve very rarely seen it in second hand book shops(twice in the last two years locally). It’s a book people keep and read.

  46. Born in '86

    January 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Yesterday I also posted a picture of this little store in Paris ! At the time I took the picture, the store was closed :( But it looked indeed like a true paradise for booklovers ! By the way: love your blog !

  47. jj

    January 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    OMG it’s like heaven!

  48. Trey

    January 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

    “my one and only hidden treasure in Paris” – Can that really be true? A great place but when talking books in Paris, you have to include Shakespeare & Company. It is not a direct comparison but for a book lover in Paris, it is impossible to go there and not leave without buying something.

  49. Shawn R. from NYC

    January 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This looks like a place I want to be! We used to have a store just like this in Manhattan called the Gotham Book Mart. Sadly, no more.

  50. Ewelina

    January 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

    It’s Fantastic! I like these shops;)

  51. Nadia

    January 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Oh, I love it too

  52. CMI

    January 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Treasures such as this need to multiply and be sprinkled around the world.

  53. Patty

    January 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

    just fabulous, in the absolutely dusty and perfect Parisian sort of way.

  54. anonymous

    January 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love old stores like this, with creaky floors and proprietors who have been there forever and know every nook and cranny. I’ll bet you can’t stop at just one when you buy something from there, though.

  55. Bonnie McCarthy

    January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Love it!! Thanks for sharing your hideaway – can’t wait to check it out when I visit!

  56. Daphne

    January 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    This is amazing, now I know just where to go as soon as I’ll visit Paris again :)

  57. Bill

    January 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    one great place to spend time…esp when it is raining!

  58. That's Not My Age

    January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh wow it looks fantastic. I’ll definitely check it out next time I’m in Paris.

  59. julia

    January 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    J’adore *_* / enfait j’adore toujours tout ici


  60. Lucy

    January 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you for generously sharing this!

  61. Name*

    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    What an incredible image. The magazine shop may well be on on the “endangered species list” no thanks to the digital life, so in the future this photo may illustrate what they used to look like in Paris. (Buy magazines, people!)

  62. noreen

    January 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    wonderful! any books in english?

  63. jessica ramirez

    January 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I went here 5 years ago to be exact and I fell in love! I could not remember the name of this place. thank you so much for posting it! amazing place!

  64. clarity enhanced diamonds

    January 25, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Your black and white photos are lovely.

  65. moda

    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    very happy very beautiful dress photo thanks.. :)

  66. Subhan zein

    January 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Looks like a great place! Looks like a great place next time I’m in Paris.

    Many thanks for sharing!

    Warm regards,


  67. Paopic

    January 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Mi favorito Shakespeare and Company! 37, Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 — en Paris. AHH! Buenos Aires-Paris!

  68. Lapina

    January 30, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Love shops like this =)! Since I’m in Sydney I start adooooring book shops

  69. Taipei Style

    January 30, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Great picture! It seems a place to spend hours and hours! :)

  70. Rino

    February 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    The owner of this fantastic bookshop has worked with Avedon as assistant …it’s a dream place for people who love fashion photography !!

  71. roger zampier

    February 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    How cool!!! There’s a book cover (i guess) named “O Rio de Janeiro” on the left side of the showcase!!! Brazil’s everywhere!!

  72. Cassandra

    February 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I am so delighted to see this shop featured on this blog! I wandered into it when I was in Paris and considered myself lucky to have happened upon such a gem. I often wish that I could go back there. There is so much inspiration lining those walls!

  73. Stewardess

    June 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love it,
    Vintage, style, glamour, grace.
    Everything a girl needs all rolled up in a tiny store. :)

  74. élise

    March 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

    i, too, adore this store and visit it each time i’m in paris. and i love the owner.

  75. Hannah

    February 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Does anyone know the opening times, I planning to visit. If not I’ll just have to take a guess!

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