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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 750 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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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

For several generations, this compact bookstore has attracted enthusiastic readers and great writers. Within full view of Notre Dame, it's a funky shop that, in summer, can have lineups outside the front door. The books are primarily in English and the variety of titles is staggering. For any book enthusiast, this is a must-see visit. After perusing its tight little... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I don't just like bookstores, I "love" them. This bookstore is a can't-miss attraction. The narrow aisles and floor-to-ceiling shelves are charming, as is the maximally eclectic stock. Even though this is not the "original" Shakespeare and Company of James Joyce fame, it is still a historic building -- a centuries-old monastery. Tons of atmosphere. Cramped spaces. That said, this... More

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Grenoble, France
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I come here all the time when I come to Paris, which is quite frequently - at least once a month. This place is nothing but charm. It's a piece of Paris ! I hope this book store stays forever, a lot of people are e-reading these days which is hurting a lot of the bigger book store chains. This... More

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Athens, Greece
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A beautifull bookstore which has gone very touristic! i would expect it to be more original! Quite expensive too with a very small variety of books. The atmosphaire was good though.

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Houston
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A great bookstore right by Notre Dame with a super friendly staff. You could spend hours digging through new and vintage books. It is worth a visit for bibliophiles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

When you enter this bookstore you feel like traveling back in time. There are books everywhere. During the tourist season there is a queue to get in and it gets really crowded. Open until 11pm every day, the staff sometimes even spends the night on one of the red velvet beds upstairs. When you buy a book you also get... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

As a book seller I must say - this is the prettiest book store I've ever seen. Best people, best place. And to think about Hemingway, sitting there. Perfect

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This store looks like something out of Happy Potter on the inside, books from wall to wall! They had anything and everything you could want at a english bookstore. The friend I went with is a reading enthusiast and I am not so much, however I still loved this store and found a great french cook book to take home.

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Oakville, Ontario
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We spent a lovely hour or so in this shop. I really enjoyed all of the little nooks and crannies and collections of things arranged artfully, without looking intentional. How do they do that? I took all kinds of photographs including a young woman playing the house piano with joyful abandon and a young boy curled up and reading on... More

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Without any doubt, a really good place to walk from Notre Dame and take a break from the city exploring their wonderful bookstore. With nice stands and chairs outside for having a look on 2nd hand books, narrow and plenty bookshelves inside. Don't forget to go upstairs and sit on their private library (not on sale), the atmosphere is really... More

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