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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

37 Rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 43 25 40 93
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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book lovers” (167 reviews)
“love books” (68 reviews)
“english books” (58 reviews)
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37 Rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
Odeon / Saint-Michel
+33 1 43 25 40 93
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to Shakespeare and Co. while in Paris for the history, not to buy a lot of heavy books we'd have to haul back to the U.S. Though it seems to have a decent inventory, I don't think the shop is a must-see. It...More

Thank Worldtosee1951
Reviewed 3 days ago

Books, books and more books. In English. A quaint little bookshop, over two floors. It also has a small reading room. A very knowledgeable staff and a wonderful collection of books. I managed to get Charlie Chaplin's autobiography and a book on the history of...More

Thank BudhadityaRoy
Reviewed 3 days ago

If I submitted a business plan to open a bookshop in London called say Molliere and Co. to sell French language books only, I would be laughed out of the bank. And yet this is what the owners did in Paris, selling only English language...More

Thank JamesAT39
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are from a non-English speaking country and look for English literature in Paris, this is the place to be. Otherwise, it is an overcrowded average bookstore with a huge hype. Yes, Hemingway has been here, and others, but today it bursts with tourists...More

Thank Not Y
Reviewed 4 days ago

Seriously - of all the things to see in Paris and people flock to this place? This is just a run-down tourist opportunity. I looked for several books which I consider worthwhile and they were not to be found. But a book has been written...More

Thank ShwayOchre
Reviewed 5 days ago

What an amazing book shop with a huge array of English books! and the shop itself is like something out of Harry Potter, even if you don't need a book - go look!

1  Thank bumblebee013
Reviewed 5 days ago

Although my DH had been to Paris, I never had. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Even though it was hot (97 Fahrenheit), we loved walking around, taking cabs when it was brutal, sitting in breezy outdoor cafes, finding air-conditioned restaurants - it...More

1  Thank Carol H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The history of this place is incredible and magical. The store is quaint and filled with all types of books. The store does get extremely crowded, and people take pictures, even when asked not too. Definitely a must for history and literature lovers but be...More

Thank Christine F
Reviewed 6 days ago

This bookstore is filled with interesting little nooks and rooms jammed packed with books. You are sure to find something you wish to purchase. No photos are allowed inside. When you purchase a book, they offer to stamp it with their logo.

1  Thank Happy23Lady
Reviewed 6 days ago

Another must visit venue for the book lovers among us. Very popular tourist site. Adjacent coffee shop refreshments are recommended as well.

1  Thank jrjojo
Odeon / Saint-Michel
As the bustling center of entertainment for the
residents of the Rive Gauche, the activity at Odéon
never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional
cafes, restaurants, and boutique cinemas. The streets
surrounding the fountain at Saint-Michel provide
eateries from around the world. Lively bars are just
next door and the prototypical terraced French
brasserie is on every corner. The setting for this
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Brad S
I'll be visiting Shakespeare & Company this fall. I like to collect signed books. Does this bookstore have a signed books section? I looked through the pictures above, but I couldn't really tell. Thanks!
24 June 2017|
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Response from Jmc5606903 | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure - the collection is eclectic and changes. No more than a guess but it's possible they have a flow of some signed books. I still love the place (and other real book stores) but don't buy as many paper... More
I will be visiting Paris for the day with a friend in a few weeks and we are desperate to check out Shakespeare And Company. Will we be able to shop there on a Sunday or are they closed?
21 August 2016|
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Response from Bothnerfamily | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are open on Sundays. If you go to their website you will find their operating hours. Hope you like it. Also not far from the shop on Rue Dauphine there is a great mexican restaurant. Also check out the bookstores... More
Why do so many of the TA reviewers mention poor service? This should be easily solved after the first few mentions of poor service. Please let me know what you have done to improve the service because the service should match the high quality of your food and your prices.
30 October 2015|
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Response from Venust | Reviewed this property |
This is not a place to eat food. This is a bookstore.