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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #31 of 795 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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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

They've been there forever. And they are the best at what they do. It's nice, the people are good, it's creative. It's what Paris should be all about. Long live Shakespeare & Company

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the bookstore "par excellence". It provides a link to the history of the Paris of Gertrude Stein, literate, cultured, and fascinating. Its importance is not that one can find all sorts of books in English there but it is proof positive of the impact that one person can have. Don't be rushed when you go there. Highly recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

I made the mistake of going to Shakespeare and Co on my way to somewhere else with my husband and son in tow. Don't do this. Come alone and allow yourself plenty of time to do what you're meant to do in here, wander, smell the books, curl up in a chair with a stack beside you. Clearly I'm going... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wonderful selection, many about Paris, as told in fiction. Loved the crow!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A friend and I decided to visit this English bookstore after mass at Notre Dame. It was a wonderful decision! We knew that we had found the perfect place to spend an hour when we noticed the change slots in the floor, meant for euros towards starving writers (haha). Each room in the bookstore was piled high with books and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

When i walked in i wasn't expecting the feel inside the bookstore. It's like nowhere else! Just go inside and get lost! Open that book, that book and that book... the atmosphere is like nowhere else! enjoy!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you love books, if you love art, if you love Shakespeare, if you love Paris, this bookstore is a must see. There's an awful lot of wisdom in this tiny shop. If you have some time, pick up a good book from the stacks, find a nook, curl up and relax. Let the words, the imagery and the ideas... More

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