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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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Address: 37 Rue de la Bucherie | Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+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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The perfect bookstore!

Small and filled to the brim with books! Author events, friendly staff, charming beyond belief. There is history in the walls, it feels very special.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small and filled to the brim with books! Author events, friendly staff, charming beyond belief. There is history in the walls, it feels very special.

Thank quarchias
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this bookstore and try to visit it every time I go to Paris. It is beautiful just to go around even if you don't buy anything.

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Blackwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So happy we found this wonderful Bookstore, such a lovely atmosphere with friendly staff. I could have spent all day in here

Thank Lauren W
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an English bookstore across the river from Notre Dame cathedral. It was small; there were a lot of books inside and just as many tourists. If you were actually looking for something, it would be hard to navigate around all the people. The books don't appear to be any different from ones that can be purchased at any... More 

Thank Rachel B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Shakespeare and Co. is one of the most famous bookstores in the world. It's an exciting place to be and I really do love visiting from time to time. The store is full of interesting people from across the globe and happy and friendly staff. The only reason I find this place annoying is down to the fact that they... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful place to potter just a stones throw from Notre Dame. You pay a premium to have the Shakespeare and Co stamp in the book you buy and if you want more than one paper bag you need to pay for your books separately. The little cafe is packed and holds the record for the most expensive... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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