Librairie Du Soleil
33 George Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8W5
Located at a crossroad of French and English Canada in Ottawa’s Byward Market, the Librairie du Soleil boasts an impressive selection of written material from the French-speaking world.
|Store Type |||Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Neighbourhood |||Lowertown Market Sandy Hill|
|Cross Street |||Sussex Drive|
|Monday and Tuesday 9AM to 5PM; Wednesday to Friday 9AM to 9PM; Saturday 9AM to 6PM; Sunday 11AM to 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: July 05, 2007
Residents of the nation’s capital have long been blessed with easy, convenient access to all the charms of French society and culture. With La Belle Province only minutes away from downtown Ottawa, it’s possible to plunge oneself into a francophone milieu without much trouble. But at the Librairie du Soleil bookstore in Ottawa’s Lowertown, it’s apparent how pervasive the French language is on both sides of the river. Ontarians living in the area (of both the francophone and anglophone persuasion) have unique access to possibly the most extensive collection of French books for sale at any bookstore in the province.
Quebec and the Larger French-Speaking World
The Librairie du Soleil bookstore couldn’t be more authentically Quebecois. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find books here from all across the francophone world. With diverse and comprehensive French-language offerings, both fiction and non-fiction, on a wide variety of topics, the store is a delight to any serious francophile. You can pick up a book on anything from history to psychology to a cookbook of French cuisine. You can also browse through a children’s section to get a gift for a budding little reader. And if it’s the latest French bestseller you’re after, look no farther; they’ll have it here.
A Bookstore in the Good, Old-Fashioned Sense
At 2,500 square feet, the store is quite large for a French bookstore in Ottawa, and this space is put to good use. Librairie du Soleil is in business to give their customers the best selection of French books possible—not to double as a quasi-department store. It hasn’t been taken in by the expansionist ideology of the giants that dominate the literary landscape these days; it’s a bookstore that wants to sell books, not lattes. As such, it’s not really the kind of place you’d come to hang out aimlessly for an afternoon. That said, you might very well find yourself here for a long time once you get a taste of what they offer: the very best of the francophone world.