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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #33 of 788 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Libraries
Activities: Shopping
Description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

It's a small library... Amazing for book lovers! Looks very old as it is ... It's always busy but you can go to feel the atmosphere which is very old French :)

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were lucky not to miss this tiny stores tucked away to one side close to the notre dame cathedral. It has a more contemporary collection on the ground floor, and if you climb up the narrow stairs, you can grab your choice of some old out of print books and settle down on one of the few cozy chairs... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This charming bookstore is on everyone's list for their visit to Paris. And deservedly so. The best part is upstairs where you can play a few bars on the charming old piano or read original edition books that are for enjoying there only.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Just over the road from Notre dame it's a cute little store. I thought I would be able to buy some old books but all the old books upstairs are not for sale and the books downstairs are all new and around £10-20. Shame.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

For book lovers, this is a must see. This tiny book store is lovely! They only sell books in English, though, and they are pricey.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you do not speak french and fell deserted in Paris do not be sad. This charming book store has a french atmosphere and you will find precious books of all kinds. The area nearby also deserves a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a very cute, small bookshop just down the road from the Notre Dame, so is a good option for a quick drop-in.The staff all seem to be American hipsters, and the books are almost all in English, so there is nothing particularly French about the place. Although quite crowded, the shop is still a very pleasant attraction and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I had read so much about Sylvia Beach's original version of this bookstore in A Moveable Feast and The Paris Wife and no visit to Paris would have been complete without a visit here. When I die ... If I can choose my own heaven ... It will be here. Tucked in an armchair in the quiet reading room where... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This small bookstore across the Notre Dame is always filled with tourists. If one is walking around this lovely area, it is not much trouble to stop here. However, I would not come here just for this. I can buy English books at home. They do have regular book readings. If I were living in Paris, I would probably frequent... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The pros: cute, quaint facade and interior. The cons: tiny, hot, and overrun with tourists. I'm at a loss why all the guidebooks say this is a "must-do." I must wholeheartedly disagree. It's just across the bridge from Notre Dame, so if you're there, it will take only a few minutes to visit if you're so inclined. Bottom line: unless... More

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