When I first started spending time in Paris, I used to love to visit a bookstore in the Marais called Mona Lisait. It was famous for coffee table and art books at discount prices, dust, and creaking floors. But the Marais has gotten increasingly chic and eventually Mona Lisait shut its doors.
This year, I noticed a chic new bookstore in the Marais and it took me quite a while to realise that I was standing in a completely transformed space that used to be Mona Lisait.
The new store, La Mouette rieuse (lah moo-et ree-uz), which means “the laughing gull,” is a beautiful, light filled place with books, stationary, gift items, a café, and gallery space. No dust, no creaking floors, just beautifully displayed merchandise. I smiled the whole time I was in there. It’s a lovely place, well worth checking out the next time you’re in the Marais. I didn’t even miss Mona Lisait anymore. Well, maybe just a little bit.
La Mouette rieuse 17 bis rue Pavée, 75004