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“What a bookstore!”

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
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Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
Bayfield, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
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“What a bookstore!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is what a bookstore should be, books everywhere, people everywhere. The history of the store is enough to enchant, but then, there are all those wonderful books! The staff was friendly and helpful. It is fun to just wander about

Visited December 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“For all the book lovers”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This shop has so much atmosphere. All day every day it is packed with customers, some there to buy others there to see the site. It's very pokey and completely filled with amazing books. If you do buy a book ensure that they stamp the inside for you. I was there recently and didn't know about the stamp and it wasn't offered. I felt a little ripped off as it adds to the memory of where the book came from.

Visited October 2012
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Fontana, Wisconsin
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“to buy or just browse, a unique and quirky shop”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Check out this unique bookstore filled with new, used and antique books. Most selections seemed to be in English. I guess that should not have surprised me with the name of the store. The staff is cool, artsy and knowledgeable. You can slip back into old paris by reading the Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemmingway or catch up on the latest New York Times Book Review suggestions. Just across the Seine from the Notre Dame.

Visited January 2013
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Albany, GA
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“crowded but fun to experience”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Yes it is a tourist site. Yes it is crowded. Yes it is so much fun to visit! The books are a wonder and it is so much fun to look for some special "finds." Best part - after you find it and buy your treasure, the clerk will stamp it with the logo! Great way to remember the experience!

Visited December 2012
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miami, florida
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“A Book Aficionado's Paradise!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you love literature, that old book smell, or appreciate a unique place with a one-of-a-kind story then, visit Shakespeare and Company Bookstore!

This place has just about every book in the English language you can think of and the owner (Sylvia Beach Whitman) has a private reading room with a stunning view of Notre Dame where you can read a book from her personal collection. There is a section in the store upstairs before you enter the reading room where you can write a note to Sylvia Beach (the original shop owner) or Sylvia Beach Whitman (current owner) . I sat there and read many of them and was touched by the words and how much this bookstore means to so many people around the world.

Side Note: Sylvia Beach Whitman is the daughter of George Whitman, the second shop owner. She was named after Sylvia Beach who opened the original Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in 1919. Sylvia Beach also self funded the publishing for James Joyce's book Ulysses in 1922.

This is what makes this bookstore such a special place for anyone that loves literature. To this day, struggling writers and artists live upstairs in the hopes to one day follow in the legendary footsteps of the iconic figures that frequented this bookstore (ie: Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, George Antheil and Man Ray).

This place is a MUST SEE in PAris!

Visited October 2012
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