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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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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors...

Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.

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Walk in History

To walk into history and feel the presence of so many great authors..it was toughing..Rows and reows of great works and the smell of old books just makes you feel a part of a long... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Killington, Vermont

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This bookstore has become a tourist spot because you can find all sorts of creations of many great authors. It can be quite congested and cramped up inside. The walkway of the bookstore is small and the staircase can be a little too steep. However, no pics are allowed inside which is a good thing I guess.

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Killington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To walk into history and feel the presence of so many great authors..it was toughing..Rows and reows of great works and the smell of old books just makes you feel a part of a long history of humanity, I loved walking into and exploring this old shoppe!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Super fun, books in English and in French as well. I bought a copy of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (a great book if you're into the history of Paris). I got my book stamped with the company logo as well - it makes for a great souvenir!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend visiting here for the experience. It is a very small bookstore, but has an extensive collection. They even have a resident cat snuggled up in the reading room upstairs! Be sure and buy a book so they can stamp the inside cover with their special location stamp! This is a great gift to take home for friends and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small, rumpled, cramped little bookstore with an historical past. Ernest Hemingway visited, James Joyce's Ulysses is intimately connected to the store, and it carries a simple yet impressive collection of titles. And if you want a great picture, stand in front and have your photo snapped. Yet is it not crowded with people. Worth a visit for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

owned privately but run mostly by dedicated volunteers this is still an amazing place to hang out on the left bank

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked over here on our first day in Paris as I needed a new book. I had a list of English language bookstores and this was the first one we hit. There were so many people! There are signs asking not to take photos and the staff seem absorbed in what they are doing and saying to each other.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place, welcoming, charming and absolutely functional. This is how bookshops are for me in my dreams. I only wish i could have stayed longer...if you can find a chair, pick up a book and stay a while. You'll not regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite simply a magical place. I adored walking through the doors and into another world of books and knowledge. The layout of the shop is wonderful and every time you turn a corner there is something new to look at. Great touches like reading groups, the piano and old typewriters give the place a real buzz.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Terrific selection (even though they had Eclipse books!) Large amount of current and vintage books next door (it was closed the day we were there). What's more important is that Shakespeare and Company sheltered around 20 of its customers Friday night during the Paris attacks. We feel honored to have been there.

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