With no less than 15 publishing houses and many specialized bookstores, literature is omnipresent in Arles. The passion for reading and writing is also alive during the General Assembly of Translation or the Festival "Arles se livre" in March.
Do not miss Actes Sud and l'Association du Méjan. It's a complete cultural object: a publishing house, a gigantic bookstore, a gourmet and friendly table, an arthouse cinema, exhibitions and even a hammam, all in the Chapelle Saint-Martin du Méjan and adjoining buildings. On the Rhône river banks, overlooking the well-named Nina Berberova square, this place is a delight for passionate readers, open to all people who have a great desire to share
The Grandes Largeurs Bookstore regularly hosts readings, exhibitions, concerts and workshops for children.
De Natura Rerum (very close to the Amphitheater) is the second bookstore in France dedicated to Antiquity. But it is also an art gallery and a cellar for beers brewed in the region.
The Librairie du Palais reopened its doors in 2020. Dedicated to photography, it offers a “vintage” space: rare books and old photographic prints..
With a space of over 100m2, the Arles BD Bookstore is dedicated to comics, manga, graphic novels and children's comics.
Other beautiful bookstores are worth a look like Off Print (Luma Foundation). This publisher and bookseller publishes cutting-edge works of contemporary art, photography and graphics.