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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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Address: 37 Rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France
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+33 1 43 25 40 93
10:00 - 23:00
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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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For the bookworms

The charm of the place is it's cozy, almost cluttered space. You will see books everywhere, in all directions, and walk among them in narrow corridors full of people. It sounds... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Andre A
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The charm of the place is it's cozy, almost cluttered space. You will see books everywhere, in all directions, and walk among them in narrow corridors full of people. It sounds bad? It isn't! As I said, this is the charm of this bookstore: it's simply about books, nothing more. Even if you can't find a good one to buy... More 

Thank Andre A
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When traveling we always find great local bookshops to peruse. This one has always been one of our favorites. Apparently, many people feel that way! In our latest trip to Paris, I was surprised at how busy and full the bookstore was! Good for them...The knowledge and service inside the store are as superb as ever.

Thank sbsmithfl
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely reading library where one can relax in fantastic environments. Had the best time, just sitting down, taking a break from the sightseein, just picking a book from the shelf, and read.

Thank JohnAdamsLJensen
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a classic, but perhaps better to just walk by rather than waiting in line to get in. It's cool inside, but just so crowded, and touristic, you cannot enjoy it. You most certainly cannot spend time and peruse. There was nothing particularly special other than its historical element. My boyfriend is lecturer, a huge fan of Deleuze, Proust, among... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must stop on the left bank. Not too far from Notre Dame, it is one of the best known bookstores featuring English language books in Paris. A favorite of expatriates and tourists, it is well worth a few minutes of your time as you wander along.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you fancy finding new and old books in a cluttered bookstore with music floating through the air...Shakespeare and Company is the perfect place to be. Nestled inside the Latin Quarter, right across the Notre Dame, this place is beautiful for book lovers alike. There's no other place like it.

Thank Kiara M
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quaint, and stuffed with books of every genre, it's a great place to feel at home if your French isn't strong. A favorite hang out for students and ex pats.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This bookstore has a significant place in Paris history. It is small but has a huge collection of English books about all things French and other topics. A visit to this bookstore is memorable. Great staff! Check out their book: Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart.

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not surprised to read the comments below Yes just take a picture from outside and move on Another beautiful Parisian Landmark... Few old books inside being sold at astronomical Amounts... As they say... Every little helps...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cute bookshop with lots of history and a great selection of English books. I go there almost every month to find new books.

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