The Best Graphic Novel, Manga, & Comic Book Shops in Paris
Just around the corner from the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore, the lesser-known and evocatively named Rue Dante keeps getting “curiouser and curiouser” as you walk further down it.
The ultimate Paris destination for comic book enthusiasts and collectors alike, both sides of this street are lined with shops stacked with manga, graphic novels, superhero memorabilia, toys, and more.
This little corner of Saint Germain is a cabinet of curiosities and exploring it feels a bit like wandering out of reality and into Diagon Alley — and yes, there’s plenty of Harry Potter items to be found here as well!
If you’re searching for some great, geeky shopping in the City of Light, read on for the stores you won’t want to miss on this street.
This shop is all about the Manga. Japanese pop music sets the scene. The owner can be found behind the counter ready to make recommendations and tend to readers’ requests. In addition to books, you will find games, stationery, and a large collection of stickers. The books are all translated into French.
Pulp’s BD has a huge selection of comics and graphic novels, all in French, by authors from across Europe. They also have a sizeable collection of manga, and I noticed shelves dedicated to entire series including Dragon Ball and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
And they have a sizeable children’s section as well.
If you’re looking for comics in English while in Paris, you’ll find them down the road at Pulp’s Comics (9 Rue Dante). That’s also the Pulp’s location selling American comics including the ever-popular Marvel and DC comics.
Across the road from Pulp’s BD is their shop dedicated to toys, a treasure trove of goodies. It has rows and rows of manga, comic, and cartoon memorabilia.
There are Mickey Mouse lunch boxes, Mandalorian-themed playing cards, My Little Pony jewel cases, Minion keychains, Indiana Jones toys, Star Wars bag clips, pop-culture fanatic favorites Funko Pop toys, and much, much more.
If you’re a Tintin fan, this is the shop for you! Taking in the stacks of Tintin postcards outside and the display window full of Snowy stuffed toys and large red and white checkered Moon rockets, I initially thought the store was entirely dedicated to Tintin.
From puzzles, posters, and T-shirts, to figurines and even Tintin-themed colored pencils, they have a huge variety of Tintin collectibles. However, they do also have other graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and comics. Although their selection consists mostly of French-language works, you can find some in English as well.
There’s also a children’s and young adult section.
At the very end of Rue Dante (technically on Boulevard Saint Germain) you’ll find the largest comic book shop of them all. And it’s honestly worth a visit just for the décor alone.
You get an eyeful as soon as you walk in the door, with grungy industrial elements embellishing exposed brick walls and a life-sized Batman flying overhead, suspended from the bright yellow ceiling.
Here at Album Comics you’ll find all the mainstream superheroes, including rows of Avengers, Cyclops, Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, and friends (or perhaps, foes). In addition to a great selection of classic comic posters and mugs, there’s also an entire section dedicated to Harry Potter, including Hogwarts-themed keychains and Dobby the house elf stuffed toys!
So whether you are a diehard comic junkie, a graphic novel nerd, or just a lover of life’s little curiosities, take a stroll down Paris’s Rue Dante and discover its pleasures for yourself.
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