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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Address: 37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
Phone Number: 33 1 43 25 40 93
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Type: Libraries, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary...
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Type: Libraries, Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Just loved this book store, have never seen so much books in so little space. Its amazing and just beautyful. The building is great and its very old . I felt in love with the cat, who live in there and of course all the old beautyful books, A very special place and a must see when you in Paris.

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Lima, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The first place I visit in Paris is Shakespeare and Company. Located across from Notre Dame, it is filled with the ghosts of writers from many generations--the lost generation, the beat generation, as well as contemporary authors. Readings and concerts are held, usually on Monday nights. I even attended a writing group there on a Saturday afternoon. Through the years,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Is there any point to writing another five star review. You get the point; just visit the place. I spent a relaxing couple hours in the "memorial library" reading a biography of W. S. Gilbert. I petted the cat, who was lethargic to the point of comatose. I lazed. Everything about the place, from the staff to the location was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We have been in this bookstore by Notre Dame Cathedral many times and I am always amazed on how many books they have in the store. It is a very busy place and is frequented by both residents and guests. They are open until 11:00PM which makes it a great place to pop into after dinner in the Latin Quarter.

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Lille, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Absolutely take 15 minutes to walk through the bookstore (it's not that large and doesn't take long to wander through the small aisles, hidden nooks, and upstairs to the small reading rooms). The walls are covered with entertaining art literary pop-culture mementos. While there is a good selection of recent English hits & the necessary classic English literature, the collection... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you're a book-lover (and really, even if you're not!), don't miss this special place in the heart of Paris. It's quirky and quaint and filled with books on every imaginable subject. It's the perfect place to purchase your favorite Hemingway novel in English - and don't forget to get it stamped with the Shakespeare and Company seal upon check... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

For any and all fans of 'Lost Generation' literature, the staff are (typically) quite friendly and helpful. Even if you aren't there to purchase a book it is worth a browse. I did note that it was so busy a few months back that the shop had to build an queue and an 'in-out' policy but out of season it... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Every book on your high school reading list can be found here and so much more. Worth a visit and a purchase to support this amazing place.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Nice place to see since it has been featured in many movies and has a unique history. Very crowded but you can snap some photos and browse the book bins outside if you don't have the time to explore inside.

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The Caribbean
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Always a favorite stop in Paris, George Whitman's shop (now managed - and upgraded - by his daughter Sylvia) is one of the world's great independent book stores (along with the Strand in New York and City Lights in San Francisco). Beyond selling books, S&C also provides shelter and sustenance to aspiring writers and poets - a worthy heir to... More 

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