La Mouette Rieuse is an atypical bookshop. I like it because of the books and gadgets one can find there. It is something always surprising and joyful. The shop spans over three floors and has different sections. To start, one can find any kind of guide for Paris near the entrance: Paris for lovers, Paris for fashion addicts, Paris for alternative people, Paris for sporty people… anything you want. This part also displays a good variety of fine paper and desk items and materials that are worth a look. Then they have a section with beautiful art books which are usually on reduced prices.
Apart from that there are novels and other regular books, but also a section on children’s books. All of them in French, but beautiful and stylish. On the top floor there is a little gallery space where there is artwork displayed and at the end of the ground floor level one can drink tea or coffee or indulge in some sweet or salty snacks. The place has everything and gives a feeling of peace and calm in the center of the busy Le Marais district that I always like. It is also a fantastic place to find small presents, usually with a message.