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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 #31 of 692 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great addition to visiting Notre Dame. This bookseller has kept the charm of a local shop. I love everything about this place: the customers, the quotes on the chalkboard outside, the topsy-turvy display of books and the view across the river. Enjoy this shop and explain to your kids how books were sold long before amazon.com. It's... More

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Rome, Italy
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is best place that you stop here and read some book. Thousand book with that will makes your eyes blur. So many selection for you to choose.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

What an incredible little place. So many books, little nooks and quirks. It gets pretty busy though so I recommend going early morning. A huge selection of books. Make sure you go upstairs too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

A lovely bookshop, worth a visit if you're in the city. Upstairs houses the older collections and there's even a cat to pet!

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Conover, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Stop by listen to the piano being played by students and look at the view of Notre Dame out the third floor window. A must see in Paris.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

What i love about this bookstore is the historic theme, woods everywhere, even the stairs, with some antique decors. But it would be hard for you to read inside because it is not spacious and quiet enough. And it is always crowded. Old books, new books - whichever you want, you can probably find it here. The perfect place to... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Loved the staff, extremely helpful in searching for a few recommended books. I could have easily spent hours perusing through each nook and cranny. The antique bookstore next door was closed unfortunately. I found out by a simple door slammed in my face, but I enjoyed taking pictures from the outside.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Quirky, interesting and filled with interesting books. Easy spot to stop opposite Notre Dame and next to two lovely bistros for kids who need a break. Great range and lovely atmosphere. Great chance to meet visiting authors as many stop by for signings.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

One of the oldest bookstores in Paris, if you find yourself visiting Notre Dame cathedral you must pop into Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. I was visiting with my university aged daughter and I thought she may find this bookstore interesting not only for its history, but the quirky little rooms with creaking wooden floors, stacks upon stacks of books charming... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Ok this place has a vast and interesting history, for any book lover this place is a must. There were a couple of musicians outside, a fantastic woman singing with an accordion, excellent! The book store is bigger than it looks, more a tardis of a bookshop. So many vintage books, but also new publications. We were really impressed, couldn't... More

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