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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 #30 of 690 attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Conover, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stop by listen to the piano being played by students and look at the view of Notre Dame out the third floor window. A must see in Paris.

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Manila, Philippines
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

What i love about this bookstore is the historic theme, woods everywhere, even the stairs, with some antique decors. But it would be hard for you to read inside because it is not spacious and quiet enough. And it is always crowded. Old books, new books - whichever you want, you can probably find it here. The perfect place to... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Loved the staff, extremely helpful in searching for a few recommended books. I could have easily spent hours perusing through each nook and cranny. The antique bookstore next door was closed unfortunately. I found out by a simple door slammed in my face, but I enjoyed taking pictures from the outside.

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Quirky, interesting and filled with interesting books. Easy spot to stop opposite Notre Dame and next to two lovely bistros for kids who need a break. Great range and lovely atmosphere. Great chance to meet visiting authors as many stop by for signings.

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

One of the oldest bookstores in Paris, if you find yourself visiting Notre Dame cathedral you must pop into Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. I was visiting with my university aged daughter and I thought she may find this bookstore interesting not only for its history, but the quirky little rooms with creaking wooden floors, stacks upon stacks of books charming... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Ok this place has a vast and interesting history, for any book lover this place is a must. There were a couple of musicians outside, a fantastic woman singing with an accordion, excellent! The book store is bigger than it looks, more a tardis of a bookshop. So many vintage books, but also new publications. We were really impressed, couldn't... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

It was great to browse the shelves and pick out some of my favorite authors to read upstairs. With the windows open I listened to one of the employees on a guitar outside performing some great covers. The spirit of the bookstore is lovely and sentimental. I'd love to sit and read there for hours.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My teen daughter, who is a literature enthusiast, just had to visit this bookstore. We stopped by on a Saturday afternoon for our visit. It was quite busy and very crowded. The selection was amazing. A true book lover could stay for hours in this tiny store. They have a separate store next door for collectible books. This other store... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stopped by this store twice during our trip. It is a cute and charming store with piles of books all over the place. It is worth spending a half hour wandering through all the shelves.

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Dublin, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This little bookshop is one of the most charming and beautiful places in Paris. The history and authenticity of this place, the book selection, the eccentricity and creativity that oozes from the shelves and corners - a must for any trip to Paris. I would recommend giving yourself at least an hour to browse around and do go upstairs to... More

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