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Address: 37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 43 25 40 93
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Description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of...
Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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Small but saturated with ambience

This famous bookstore drips with the history of the many writers who worked here in the golden ages of Paris. The store itself is small but has a good selection of books for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This famous bookstore drips with the history of the many writers who worked here in the golden ages of Paris. The store itself is small but has a good selection of books for purchase. The upstairs has reading rooms with old and rare volumes that are not for purchase but can be read on site. If you do choose to... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend, the English major, wanted to visit this shop on our trip to Paris. It turned out to be one of my favorite places in Paris. It's a tiny museum to books.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Such a fun bookstore! I would love to wander in it while it's empty, but it's fun anytime. The second floor has cozy reading rooms and if you're lucky, someone will be playing the piano. Great charm, wonderful quiet oasis.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We popped into this stunning little book store after our look around Notre Dame. So glad we did- very traditional. Book lovers heaven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Quaint building, with charm, history and edification--what's not to like. This is one famous place I've read about and wanted to find and what a surprise leaving the Notre-Dame area to stumble across this place! I love the inside, with all its nooks and crannies, one of the most interesting floors I've ever seen. What a treat!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Sit amongst the memories of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, William Burroughs, Anais Nin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg...and many more! Discover the charm and inspiration that drew them there! Do not expect a clean and neat B&N. This place is musty, dusty, cramped and absolutely elegant! Wind through the small rooms with stacks and stacks of precariously arranged... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It's small, it's historic and it's cramped. There was even a line to get in ... that said, we love to spend afternoons in book stores at home, so we loved visiting this one! Make sure to ask them to stamp your book and grab a postcard on the way out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Quite a story behind the bookstore. Read about it and then GO!!! Just walking through the bookstore is an experience in itself and then having a young French girl sit down at the piano on the second floor and play...amazing!

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Of course one of our first stops was at the Notre Dame Cathedral and right across the street on the right is this bright green book store called "Shakespeare's". The place is crammed with books! Every where you look you'll find books. Some are even stacked on the floor! You will find a great selection of books to read in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I am unsure why this English language bookstore, which offers new and used books, is so popular with tourists (predominately Americans). But I strongly suspect many go there, thinking that this is the Shakespeare and Company started by Sylvia Beach in 1922. That one was very much a part of the Paris literary scene with authors, such as Ernest Hemingway... More 

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