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“Okay, folks, this is a bookstore...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Odeon / Saint-Michel)
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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“Okay, folks, this is a bookstore...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

It's a bookstore. I like books. But what is cool about Shakespeare & Company is their bin of used books to pore over with no one standing nearby paying attention. They have seating. You can take a used book (the new ones are inside) and just sit outside and read, like in a library. I was interested in cookbooks and French cooking and found several, including quite a classic one by Sigmund Freud's grandson.

Therein, while waiting for our table at Le Petit Chatelet next door, I learned more about good mashed potatoes than I ever knew before. Then I read some poetry and then I looked at some books in French (small selection).

Crowd is congenial, view can't be beat, history of the place (even though the historic events took place nearer to Jardin Luxembourg and not in the current location) is great (it's because it's not the original that I didn't get that Ooh La La vibe from it). But the quotes on the outside of the building, the crowd that hangs there - all very cool and I'm grateful they are there.

Visited June 2013
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“More than the bookshop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore is situated near the Notre Dame and the river Seine (metro St. Michel). It is more than the bookshop, it is history of the literature. There have spent their time for exc. Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The bookshop is always crowded, because it is the heaven of the book-lovers. Dont forget to climb up to the upstairs; there you can almost smell the inner feeling of the books! And that smell is good!

Visited February 2013
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“Adored it - could have stayed forever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The most adorable book shop I've ever seen. That night there was a famous tv star workshopping a book, but we could not stay. The space was quirky and inviting. I can see why this is a very well loved place. Wonderful.

Visited June 2013
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“Bibliophile's dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

If you love to read, love books, love browsing bookstores then this place is necessary destination! It is quirkily, fun, small and can be crowded but the staff are friendly and most of the books are in English. They have a large collection of books written by authors who spent time in France: Fitzgerald, Stein, Hemingway. The upstairs has a piano for customers to play. And after being in Paris for 5 days I cannot stress how nice it is to have staff be friendly to the patrons :) I made two trips during the week.

Visited June 2013
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“Full of atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This shop just feels right; it is full of history and atmosphere, whether it be the shop selling first editions, rare books etc or the more usual (traditional) bookshop next door. Although crowded and very old-fashioned, it is none the worse for that. Browsing the shelves was a comforting (warming) way to pass some free time on a rainy day. The books aren't particularly cheap, but of corse that's not the point of this shop.

Visited June 2013
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