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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Panthéon)
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Ranked #37 of 733 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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Adelaide, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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England
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A nice old-fashioned bookshop with a good selection of English language books. However, be warned it is extremely busy and touristy, with books costing more than they should.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

yes it's small, overpriced and overcrowded (it's right down the street from norte dame cathedral) but there's something special here! look over their bargain bin before you enter. once inside look for something that catches your eyes as you make your way to the back, up the winding stairs. find a little nook, sit back, and read.

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Glen Ellyn, IL
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This isn't the original site where S&Co originated. However, this reincarnation is worth a stop by when near Notre Dame. It is filled with books upon books on shelves around little corners. You can find a little bit of everything there and it's easy to find books to compliment your Paris adventures. We didn't buy anything but enjoyed viewing it... More

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Berlin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Seems like a nice place but super-overcrowded and tight. Had to wait in line just to get in, which I have never seen before in a book store.

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Liverpool
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Shakespeare & Co is definitely worth a visit, but if you're expecting to find a quiet spot to sit and read you will be disappointed. Like many other attractions in Paris, this was a busy one. There was no queue to enter, but once inside there was a steady stream of tourists. This means you can't stand to admire a... More

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Holland, Michigan
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This bookstore is very close to Notre Dame and is an adorable bookshop. The staff are friendly and obviously passionate about their jobs, which makes the atmosphere altogether quaint. I only bought one souvenir while I was in Paris and it was a special edition of Le Petit Prince that I got at this bookstore. The best part is that... More

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