Located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, near the Moderniste Hotel, the Le Divan bookstore, founded in 1921, is a must-visit for literature and conviviality enthusiasts.
Founded by Henri Martineau, also a doctor, Le Divan gained particular renown as a specialist and publisher of Stendhal in the 20th century. Affiliated with Gallimard Editions since 1957, it has left an indelible mark on the history of French literature.
Hub of Exchange and Discovery:
Le Divan is a unique space consisting of two distinct parts. On one hand, the general bookstore spans 440 m², renovated in 2016 to offer a bright and modern setting. On the other hand, the specialized bookstore, Le Divan Perché, dedicated entirely to youth, is located across the street.
Ambiance and Comfort:
How could a bookstore with such a name not also be an incredibly comfortable space? With a meticulous design featuring ladders and shelves, the bookstore is conceived as a welcoming, spacious apartment. Panton Chairs, armchairs, and a sofa invite visitors to settle in comfortably to read, browse, or simply engage in conversation. A foosball table and a coffee counter add a convivial touch to the experience.
Cultural Events and Commitments:
Le Divan is not just a bookstore but also an indispensable cultural player in the neighborhood. Organizing over 100 events annually, including exhibitions, author meetings, debates, book signings, concerts, and artistic performances, the bookstore actively contributes to the cultural life of the 15th arrondissement.
Committed to promoting literature, Le Divan also participates in major events such as the Paris Book Fair and Paris Reads. It is also a co-organizer of the awarding of two prestigious literary prizes, the Georges Brassens Prize and the Tour Montparnasse Prize.
As you can see, Le Divan Bookstore, a true gem in the Hotel Moderniste's neighborhood, is much more than just a bookstore. It's a place where literature meets conviviality, offering visitors a unique cultural experience in the heart of the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of this iconic venue during your stay at the Moderniste Hotel.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 1:30 pm.
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