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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 #31 of 765 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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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It is easy to get to, no entrance fee, and really interesting. I myself had to get a copy of "A Movable Feast" by Hemmingway. Also make sure to ask the person behind the counter what he is reading right now. I got some very interesting recommendations that are sure to broaden my mind. Can't recommend it enough!

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Croton on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This bookstore was almost home to so many well known writers and is well worth a visit. The is no fee or admission and you are free to walk around and see all of the wonderful used books, although there are some new ones. You just have to buy one of their book bags just to say you were there!

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Upstairs you can sit & read books. There are type-writers & a piano for anyone to use. Downstairs is more modern, like a 'normal' book shop

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Roscommon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I'm a book lover, and this place is precisely what I love. I spent a bunch of euros on books and got them stamped, along with a free box which I carried in my bag all day around Paris until I thought my hand would fall off. So much character and someplace that you NEED to visit. :)

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

To be honest I wanted to visit the book company simply because I have read about it. The store was smaller than I expected and rather cramped(due mostly to Tourists like myself!!!) but I enjoyed the visit all the same. I had decided beforehand that I would purchase a classic novel and obtain the famous 'Shakespeare stamp' and I did... More

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Montgomery, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I loved this bookstore! The staff was very friendly and their were many different genres of books to chose from. I've seen this bookstore in many movies and it was pretty cool to be able to stand in there and check it out! I highly suggest it, and it is right across the river from the notre dame!

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San Francisco
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A Parisien would never go here but if you want to go to the first English bookstore in Paris to say you did it , the location is just opposite Notre Dame. Very small and crowded.

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Anniston, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I am not sure what we were expecting, having heard so much about this iconic site, but it was ... just a bookstore. Again, the letdown in expectations was probably more on us than on the store. I think we were expecting kicky and eclectic selections (the exterior would lead you to think so, yes?), but its contents were not... More

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Gorizia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

I wish this place was close to were I live. Great atmosphere, amazing first floor. Nice people working there too.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Since this bookstore is the setting of many scenes in many movies, we just had to check it out. We expected it to be bigger. it was a tight squeeze to get around with many interesting nooks and crannies. The floor was interesting. This was a good,if pricey, place to find a book in English. There are bigger bookstores in... More

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