Hot off the press

Paris is a wonderful city to get inspired. There is art everywhere, ranging from hidden galleries to violinists playing in the metro. This abundance of beauty has inspired me to write about about lesser known, but equally enticing, places in Paris. Let’s begin with La Galcante, a tiny librarie tucked away in the 3rd arrondissement.

FullSizeRenderWhen you first walk in you’re greeted by piles up piles of old magazines, newspapers, books and advertisements. Ranging from WWII era editions of Le Monde to circa 1970 issues of the New Yorker. It’s honestly a bit overwhelming, but nonetheless any history buff or journalist’s dream.

FullSizeRenderBesides the archives that stack all the way up to the ceiling, I’m not really sure if there is any rhyme or reason to how the store is organized. Considering this section held the majority of the women’s fashion magazines, I spent most of my time right here in front of this shelf.

FullSizeRenderThe archives contain anything and everything you could ever hope to read about. We saw boxes with labels including the likes of Madonna, vins (wine), Barack Obama, architecture and homosexuality.

FullSizeRenderThis 1973 issue of Vogue Paris: Special Beauté was my favorite find in the store. Even though we spent about an hour in the store, I still felt like there was too much left undiscovered to commit to a purchase. I plan on returning to La Galcante later on in my semester to buy the perfect artifact to sum up my Parisian experience.

What are some of your favorite hidden gems in Paris? Let me know in the comments!


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