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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 #26 of 631 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This bookshop is located right across the river from Notre Dame. Literally one minute away. It's open late, and you can go there after doing all your tourist visits for the day. The bookstore has a large selection of English books. But who buys paper books any longer? People really go to hang out because it is truly an historic... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The main store was closed for renovation when we were there, but we could visit the smaller used books store. Even so, the place is very different from your average bookstore in Paris, not only because it have lots of books in English, but because it's an organized mess, with lots of books in a cramped space but still enjoyable... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful, but packed, bookshop. I had a lovely time browsing the shelves and buying a few books which were duly stamped. Pianist playing upstairs made the whole experience very French. Very helpful staff too.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Made a stop here after reading many great things. Great selection of books and especially like the staff picks. Come early or off season, as the many shelves of books make it difficult to navigate when it gets busy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We went here because it was the bookstore mentioned many times in Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" (although the location is no longer the same as in the book). The place is full stem to stern with books and is a nice place to browse when it's not crowded (very seldom). If you visit Paris off season or on the shoulder,... More

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I love this bookstore. The history, the selection the atmosphere, all wonderful. A landmark of Paris.

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I was sent in a fool's errand by a friend. I came here to buy a copy of Shakespeare's Complete Plays. They didn't have it. Not a single anthology of the plays. A few very expensive editions of the Complete Works, but not just the plays. And since I couldn't believe it, I asked for help at the counter and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

I stumbled upon this place by accident, and it was very cool. If you love books, then this place would be heaven for you. Imagine floor to ceiling shelves filled books. They even have the ladders that slide around the shelves! The only downside is the that some of the price of books are marked up over retail price, even... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This place was on my to do list but cams across it unexpectedly after getting lost!! Travelling with my 13 year old daughter finding it at the end of a long days walking wasn't ideal as she just wanted to sit and rest! However I feel in love with this place which is so much more than a book shop.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I could have spent the whole day here, I have never been in a bookstore like this one. The smell of old books, books, books everywhere old and new. Out of this world, it's one of those old style bookshops that you find anymore. It really felt like being at home.

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