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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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Address: 37 rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 43 25 40 93
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of...

Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.

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Great for book lovers and people who want to become book lovers

This place was recommended to me by a friend and I was skeptical at first, kind of surprised that an English bookstore would be such a hot destination in Paris. I can't resist a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Emily V
South Bend, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not the first time I have been here in the off season and it has become just another bookstore minus the charm with a staff that appeared to be annoyed with the tourist trade. Wake up folks they are the ones paying the rent!

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was recommended to me by a friend and I was skeptical at first, kind of surprised that an English bookstore would be such a hot destination in Paris. I can't resist a bookstore though and I must say, Shakespeare & Co just felt so wonderful and homey and I'm so glad I went! We happened to wander in... More 

Thank Emily V
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its a good book store for new and used books. It is a short walk from Notredame and i would recommend everyone who likes books to go visit this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a classic bookstore, on the outside there where cheap books, in the inside you can find any kind of books, from history, classics, children's. The second floor was closed for remodelations, the building seems really old. ANd I received the bad news that the cat that lived tehre had died :(

Thank Julio E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent a morning playing chess with a friend outside Shakespeare Bookstore, had coffee with bagels and just felt like a trip back in time. Loved it and it is next to Notre Dame Cathedral!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not entirely sure what bookshop could be considered to be the most famous bookshop in the world, but this place certainly comes pretty close to taking out the title. Okay, it is a bookshop, no different from many of the other bookshops that happen to be scattered about Paris, and while it is a pretty old bookshop, there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful store with floor to ceiling books and tiny rooms. Very tight but so charming. You could buy any book in the store and have a great read. The staff are so knowledgeable. Earnest Hemmingwah frequented this place, what more can I say? The books are a bit overpriced but they do stamp the front page to prove you bought... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely bookstore in Paris! They have books in English and the nice people can show you books & authors that are unique to Europe. Tip--they get very crowded later in the day so you may have to wait in line. I suggest going early to avoid the line and leaving a note in the upstairs cubby. (You can leave your... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building is beautiful and has obviously been created by those with a passion for books. It mainly stocks new books (we were hoping for second hand) which are a higher price than amazon/book depository. There was also a queue to enter the store on a late Sunday afternoon.

Thank Heidy B
Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On the banks of the Seine, this twin bookshop (one for rarer books, another for those more in vogue) is indeed somewhere you can spend hours in, especially if you are discovering the world of literature, in particular literature in English language. You can easily combine it with a walk in any direction from here: right in the heart of... More 

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