Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore Reviews: 4.5/5

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Libraries
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 8:00 PM
About
Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
How to get there
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 2 min walk
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 2 min walk
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Phillipi
7 contributions
A beautiful bookstore
Aug 2021 • Couples
Such a unique bookstore. The place has got a great selection of books paired with many different styles of cover designs. If you love reading books or if you are just curious definitely go there. It’s beautiful…
Written August 31, 2021
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Robert S
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL763 contributions
Super Shakespeare and Co…
Aug 2021 • Couples
I was SO sad to go only to find the antiquarian part of the store CLOSED! My pilgrimage is for old books. But, the staff did gather a handful of old ones, so I did purchase two old books…
Written August 23, 2021
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Robert N
Luthersville, GA222 contributions
Classic Bookstore in Paris.
Aug 2021 • Couples
If you get there early enough you don't have to stand in line. They are definitely not your cheap bookstore. Plenty of history here and a cool old building. Stop next door for an ice cream
Written August 23, 2021
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Icchok
Kadima, Israel562 contributions
James Joyce is alive and he lives in Paris!
May 2021 • Friends
It was very nostalgic to wander around in this English book store in the heart of Paris. Raw wooden beams hold up the ceiling. It’s a really old structure. We were lucky enough to be there on the outdoor reading in honor of James Joyce.
Written June 17, 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia30,965 contributions
A bookstore with a difference
Nov 2019
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore is an unusual and quite unique bookshop. It has an interesting history which goes back to 1951 and perhaps as far as 1919. The first store with the Shakespeare and Company name opened in 1919, and it both acted as a shop as well as a lending library, until its closure during the German occupation in 1941. Then another one, unrelated, opened in 1951 with a different name, until it adopted the Shakespeare and Company name in 1964. The place is very busy and full of visitors, either looking for books or looking busy! The books are generally reasonably priced, but then you don't have to buy any if you don't want to! There is a cafe right next door with the same name. That is probably relaxation spot.
Written October 16, 2020
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kempian2
Prestatyn, UK61 contributions
Shabby ..not Chic
Jul 2020
Visited for a coffee and cake - both were very nice but the outside furniture leaves a lot to be desired - very shabby but not chic ! ! - tables and chairs were rickety - slightest touch and drinks spilled - need to invest in some decent stuff :)
Written July 28, 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,654 contributions
For Book Store Lovers
Oct 2019
It is what a great bookstore ought to be. This English language bookstore which lies on the left bank on the seine river and opposite Notre Dame is stepped in great history. Founded in 1951 by an american George Whitman it is an institution and meeting place for English writers and readers.. Rare books and hard to find books, Indie publishers, curated and best sellers can all be found in this two story bookshop. Photos of great writers and artists decorate the walls along with quotes and epithets. The winding staircases to the upper floor and small open areas where patrons can sit and read on comfortable chairs added to the charm and experience. Unfortunately, the owner does not want photos taken of the interior.

It was Sylvia Beach in 1919 that first founded the original Shakespeare and company and it quickly became the gathering place for expat writers of the time like Joyce, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Elliot and Pound. Their ghost add to the mystery of this literary hangout. Later writers like James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg carried on the tradition. Over the years over 30,000 young writers and artists have slept among the many bookcases in this Harry Potteresque bookstore.

Books are reasonably priced considering you are in the heart of Paris. The Shakespeare & Company Cafe is located next door. they serve coffee, tea,fresh squeezed juices, as well as, organics, cakes, scones,and vegetarian dishes. If you buy book they will stamp it "Shakespeare & company". They also have tote bags with the Shakespeare & Company name stitched on the outside.
Written June 27, 2020
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Fred M
Summerville, SC2,043 contributions
What a wonderful place
Jun 2019
A wonderful English language bookstore in Paris. Very old, very crowded (people and books) with an ambiance that takes one back in history. Great service and reasonable prices. A don't miss when visiting the Latin Quarter. (our actual visit was late May 2019)
Written May 20, 2020
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA3,477 contributions
Literary Utopia
Dec 2019
An outstanding English language book store fronting the Seine and overlooking Notre Dame, this is literary utopia. wonderful books, used books, rare and hard to find books all reside here. This is not only a bookstore but also a literary and historical institution dating back to 1951, which is not to be missed.
Written April 3, 2020
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK10,276 contributions
Magical and chaotic
Mar 2020
It's jam packed, very old, stuffed with all sorts of literary goodies and for a bookaholic, great fun and not to be missed.Prices are Paris prices, even for books.Photos of great writers and artists on the walls, narrow winding staircase to the upper floor and little break our areas to sit and read (while being jostled and bumped into by all and sundry.)Loved the place and the cafe next door which has the sort of good home made cakes and scones not usually found in Paris and which I always crave when in mainand Europe.
Written March 11, 2020
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