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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #36 of 734 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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Taipei, Taiwan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It's a great small bookstore nearby Notre Dame. Lots of english books, and some aged decoration upstair that it's worth take a look. You'll not regret to visit here. No photo in the store unfortunately.

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Brampton, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Paris, our 13-year-old bookworm just had to go to Shakespeare and Co. We (non-bookworm types) wandered for a bit, then went to a restaurant next door for a refreshment. After an hour or more, we went back, only to find her curled up, upstairs on a bed, reading some book that she had already read!... More

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Zagreb, Croatia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This bookstore is heaven for all bookworms. It is tiny but filled with books about a lot of topics, so you can easily spend a few hours browsing through the shelves. It gets even better when you go upstairs where it's less crowded and sit on the beds and read for a while. It's definitely one of my favourite bookstores!... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Absolute must visit place for all bibliophiles . It's amazing how almost everyone lands up missing this place, despite it being 200m from notre dame cathedral . Do keep sometime for this and make sure you get to the first floor of the building to checkout the library there

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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385 reviews 385 reviews
249 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Books are an endless passion so who can resist such a place for them? It is possible to spend hours browsing with endless options, all worth exploring. Whatever topic of interest you might have, there is something there and usually a section. Half the fun is actually discovering what it there without any plan. There are famous book stores in... More

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Portland, Oregon
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We stopped in on our way to the zoo and I bought a book and we looked around. The sales girl was very nice.

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Adelaide, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
72 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This store was well worth visiting. Travelling with two boys aged 10 & 12 they both loved the old style uniqueness and quirky character of this place. When you purchase a book they put a Shakespeare & Co bookplate, which is a great souvenir.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a great shop for book lovers. The downstairs is jam packed with a wide variety of books at very reasonable prices. Upstairs has several cosy reading spaces if you want to take sometime out and read. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Worth a visit.

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Shakespeare and Co. is a bookstore with a ton of history, and the crowded shelves and floor to prove it. The first floor is absolutely crammed with tourists just taking a look and checking a tourist spot off their list. The history section as well as most of the general fiction is on the first floor. The real magic of... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Cool bookstore -- the kids liked it, and it reminded me of City Lights books here in SF. I probably wouldn't go here again, as a 'tourist attraction', but would definitely stop in if I needed an English-language book in Paris.

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