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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Open today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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  • Average7%
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37 rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
Sorbonne
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+33 1 43 25 40 93
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very excited to visit here. The shop itself was fantastic, so many choices of books, every genre or subject you could want. They also have a space to read upstairs which is very cosy. However the shop is very busy so it is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As an English nerd, this place was like a slice of heaven. A tremendous number of great books, complete with little reading nooks upstairs. However, the actual experience of browsing was not very pleasant because it was so crowded and noisy! Not worth lingering for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AlisonG2165
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Understand that it will be busy, but don’t let that deter you from going. It’s popular for a reason. Although there are shops that have some English books, this one has undoubtedly the most. It also has a nice little history of its own. So...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aellwy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since I read the book 'Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs' a few years ago now I have wanted to visit this iconic Parisien bookshop. I was very excited as I walked in ( no queue at all ) but as I wandered around I became aware...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LondonNefertiti
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore, which is not the one where Ernest Hemingway hung out and not even in the same general location, attracts tourists like bees to honey. Its famous name was adopted in 1964 partly as a tribute to the original store owned by Sylvia Beach,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rumples
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps because it is such an iconic store, it hasn't bothered hiring friendly staff. I had cause to speak with 3 staff, 2 American, 2 English. A male could barely look at me when i asked where i could find a particular book, a young...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TroyA184
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the iconic location for any self-respecting bibliophile. At first glance, the bookstore is small and unassuming, but alas! Enter inside and the world opens into endless possibilities. Go upstairs for the views over the Seine and to read a book in the corner...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aral B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great stop. My girls wanted to visit and shop. It is a unique experience. Loved the book selection, history and ambiance.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LizaAllee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bookshop is located near the majestic Notre Dame de Paris and is full of people trying to purchase books,grab a drink or feel the history of the place. Other than that it's not such a great sight.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vasw-George
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love love love this bookstore. If you like books or are an avid reader I highly recommend visiting this bookstore. The bookstore is huge with different floors. Each floor has a different selection of books in every genre. There are also different rooms in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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candycane2518
September 24, 2018|
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Response from Laura C | Reviewed this property |
Yes the books are in English. They have a wide selection of second-hand book, which are of course quite cheap. New books are rather expensive ( you could the same books cheaper online). Howwever it depends on the book you're... More
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Kassandra S
June 17, 2018|
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Response from DanielleA262 | Reviewed this property |
Yes definitely there's loads of modern books and theres a tray out the front with second hand bargains too.
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588mabelc
June 17, 2018|
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Response from CRoss121 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are children's books, but it is not a large Barnes & Noble-y kids play area book-reading section. This is a super-cool, old school bookstore that has some amazing books, old and new favorites, and something for... More
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