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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #34 of 732 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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Holland, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This bookstore is very close to Notre Dame and is an adorable bookshop. The staff are friendly and obviously passionate about their jobs, which makes the atmosphere altogether quaint. I only bought one souvenir while I was in Paris and it was a special edition of Le Petit Prince that I got at this bookstore. The best part is that... More

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Essex, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Upstairs is preferable as less people venture up and I sat for a while reading and listening to others playing the piano. In the main reading room, people were sleeping and reading and it was a lot less busy, with a little booth with a typewriter in, this part is much more interesting than the store below, although the collection... More

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Santiago, Chile
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

It has a unique story, but those exciting past times now have gone. All you can find now is a crowd of tourists trying to get "the picture" there, you can barely have a sit and enjoy some books. No atmosphere at all. Probably you can find a better experience in many others less marketed bookstores of The Latin Quarter.... More

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Paris, France
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658 reviews 658 reviews
360 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A quaint little book store that you could spend hours rummaging through the books. This style of old book store is rarely found so even if you are not buying books it is a great experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Worth dropping in for a look. But it is crowded. Just remember you can go upstairs as well. Lots of old and new books and places to curl up and have a read if you can get one!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Amazing place for book lovers and tourists alike. The bookstore is conveniently located near the Notra Dame Church, and you will be able to meet interesting people in the bookstore. Other than selling books, the indie bookstore also organises discussions and writers circle to support the writing community. Charming place I say. No photos within the bookstore to protect the... More

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Budapest, Hungary
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a charming, old fashioned bookshop that sells English books. It feels like a different world. If you like books, this place is worth visiting. On some of the evenings, you'll run into readings by authors here.

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I am SO glad my friend knew about this amazing bookshop near Notre Dame. Yes it's small and densely packed and more people are taking photos and browsing than actually reading or buying books, but go beyond that, head upstairs to the library or check out the beds for the live-in readers/writers, it's full of quirky little corners, art work,... More

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Atlanta, GA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I fell in love with this store immediately upon crossing the threshold. It's small, a bit cramped, especially when squeezing past other shoppers, but you almost overlook it after climbing the stairs and finding all of the brilliant little nooks and crannies in which to write, nap, or just take in a good read. The reading room upstairs was a... More

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Paris, France
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This place is THE place to go for book lovers ! It offers, on two levels, numerous books to buy or to read accompanied by the sound of a piano. It also offers talks and readings by authors. It is a beautiful little shop in an old building just opposite Notre Dame. You'd expect Hemingway coming by and rightly so.... More

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