This spring I rented an apartment in the 6th, across the street from the Café de Flore. Wandering the neighborhood, I discovered that the renowned bookstore La Hune is no longer between the literary cafés Flore and Les Deux Magots on the bustling blvd St Germain. It hasn’t gone far, though, it’s around the corner, on the narrow rue de l’Abbaye.
La Hune has long been a literary destination. It’s said that Max Ernst and André Breton spent time there. It’s associated with a powerful creative era, as well. Verlaine, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Picasso, Sartre, de Beauvoir and Camus commiserated, wrote and held forth at the neighboring cafés.
French literature is one of the specialties at La Hune, along with fine arts and humanities. Two floors offer a great selection of hard and soft cover books—poetry, essays, plays, architecture, design, film, graphic novels, and more. The new space is less crowded than the other; and there is no circular staircase to trigger vertigo.
The new La Hune is a bookstore extraordinaire, a spacious spot to commune with lovers of literature and drink in creative tradition.