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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
33 1 43 25 40 93
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Ranked #32 of 755 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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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I went to paris for a week with my girlfriend and we step in shakespeare and company and we we're just amazed. It's a magical place taken from the pages of some great book. I advise everyone to go there, even if you're not a book lover. It's a one of a kind place.

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Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful find just off the banks of the seine. This small bookstore is layered to the ceiling with books that have to be accessed by ladder. Up the narrow staircase, there was someone playing a piano beautifully. In a room at the back upstairs is situated a 'book discussion room', where anyone can enter and join in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is right across the street from Notre Dame so by all means take the time and walk over and take a picture of the store front. Great looking place. I don't get the great history reviews. The place opened in 1999 and brought back a name of a not all that famous pre World War II bookstore that closed... More

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Went to SC in December, we found this to be a book readers paradise. We ventured upstairs to go thru some of the greatest old finds. We found an old James Balwin that we have been looking the longest for. It's a reason to move to Paris.

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Pickering, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

THIS is a book store. It is steeped in history you can feel and it was fun to purchase a book and receive the store stamp. But what an experience for book lovers. Crammed with books up to the ceiling that you have to use a ladder to access. Books that are current and books that are specific. Books that... More

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Dijon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Small, cozy, and quaint, sums up this place perfectly. It is a great mixture of new sellers and second hand. They also have a separate store for older and more expensive books. This place is the stuff of fantasy, dusty shelves, some nooks to read, and people hanging around talking about art, literature, politics, and everything else you can imagine.

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Wiesloch, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Just enter and don't look back.. Go trough the premium editions, signed by authors, filled with notes from previous owners. Or dive in the time machine of millions of old books published at another time.. and yes you did just spend a few hours without noticing:)

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Chock full of interesting and hard to find titles, as well as the more familiar, this is a bibliophile's paradise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My daughter just loved this place. Soaked up the history, and purchased a bunch from the YA section. We got each book stamped with the logo. Great experience.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

It is a gem. Full of books to read and some to buy. People sitting in corners writing. People singing and playing piano. My daughter loved it and sat in a comfy corner looking at YA books. She even bought a book signed by the author. If you buy a book here they will stamp it Shakespere and Company so... More

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