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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 #32 of 755 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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Naples, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Went to SC in December, we found this to be a book readers paradise. We ventured upstairs to go thru some of the greatest old finds. We found an old James Balwin that we have been looking the longest for. It's a reason to move to Paris.

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Pickering, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

THIS is a book store. It is steeped in history you can feel and it was fun to purchase a book and receive the store stamp. But what an experience for book lovers. Crammed with books up to the ceiling that you have to use a ladder to access. Books that are current and books that are specific. Books that... More

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Dijon, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
35 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Small, cozy, and quaint, sums up this place perfectly. It is a great mixture of new sellers and second hand. They also have a separate store for older and more expensive books. This place is the stuff of fantasy, dusty shelves, some nooks to read, and people hanging around talking about art, literature, politics, and everything else you can imagine.

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Wiesloch, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just enter and don't look back.. Go trough the premium editions, signed by authors, filled with notes from previous owners. Or dive in the time machine of millions of old books published at another time.. and yes you did just spend a few hours without noticing:)

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Chock full of interesting and hard to find titles, as well as the more familiar, this is a bibliophile's paradise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My daughter just loved this place. Soaked up the history, and purchased a bunch from the YA section. We got each book stamped with the logo. Great experience.

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Winchester, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

It is a gem. Full of books to read and some to buy. People sitting in corners writing. People singing and playing piano. My daughter loved it and sat in a comfy corner looking at YA books. She even bought a book signed by the author. If you buy a book here they will stamp it Shakespere and Company so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you like bookstores then this is a must see. We are not talking about a mere shop, but about a traditional place, that is in itself a piece of literary history. It is not located in its original site, but the history and spirit is there. And it is now in a superb location, so that even people who... More

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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

For several generations, this compact bookstore has attracted enthusiastic readers and great writers. Within full view of Notre Dame, it's a funky shop that, in summer, can have lineups outside the front door. The books are primarily in English and the variety of titles is staggering. For any book enthusiast, this is a must-see visit. After perusing its tight little... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I don't just like bookstores, I "love" them. This bookstore is a can't-miss attraction. The narrow aisles and floor-to-ceiling shelves are charming, as is the maximally eclectic stock. Even though this is not the "original" Shakespeare and Company of James Joyce fame, it is still a historic building -- a centuries-old monastery. Tons of atmosphere. Cramped spaces. That said, this... More

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