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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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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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Amazing and well worth a visit. Just another world and each time I go I find something wonderful to enjoy here, be it the people who are in there at the time, or the book I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Too busy now! We've visited in the past, but now there are actually line ups to get into the space. A woman at the door allowing numbers of people in. Perhaps try a different time of day when it's not so busy?? A much more interesting book store owned by Canadian nearby, the Abbey Bookshop at 29 Rue de la... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing and well worth a visit. Just another world and each time I go I find something wonderful to enjoy here, be it the people who are in there at the time, or the book I decide to buy, which this time was a christening present... The Little Prince in a beautiful gold edge hard back. Get the book you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight from our recent trip to Paris. I had read about the bookstore and always wanted to visit and it didn't disappoint. The history of the store is worth reading up on and the small little meandering rooms and alcoves are just adorable. The bookstore still adopts the tradition of the original founder and allows young writers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

So apart from locating the upright piano on one of the floors you need to spend time in this store. My wife and I spent the morning there browsing and reading and buying. Great place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This bookstore has a wide variety of books , many in English and a lot of writing materials. It is a busy and fun place to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I was delighted to get the chance to finally visit here, having been to Paris before and never made it. It is very bustling but just so important, considering the books we wouldn't have available today had it not been for the support of this institution back in the day. Whatever about it changing hands over the years, it's still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Yes, it is true that it has become a tourist photo op but I still loved it. It is quirky and confusing but the staff are wonderful and try to find what you are looking for, the cat sleeps contentedly in the chair upstairs and the vignette with the typewriter in front of the open window makes you wish you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We went to this English language bookstore near Notre Dame. It's in an old monastery so there are lots of small rooms to it. They carry both old and new books but it feels like a different era inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Beautiful little hidden gem. Take a dive into history by visiting this small bookstore that has been around for centuries.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I first visited Shakespeare and Co as a student in the late 1970s, so it was a bit disappointing to find that it has become so much of a tourist trap. Go soon after opening time or close to closing to get a quieter visit. It is well laid-out, with particularly good sections for the 'Lost Generation' (of course) and... More 

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Address: 37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 43 25 40 93
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Odeon / Saint-Michel
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Odeon / Saint-Michel
As the bustling center of entertainment for the residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just next door and the prototypical terraced French brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this area is second to none; the Haussmann-style boulevards are contrasted by monumental architecture and overshadowed by the iconic Notre Dame, all within a moment’s walk from the Seine. This neighborhood's world-famous bookshops, cafés, and streets will not fail to impress you.
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