Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris: 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 - 20:00
Monday
12:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
12:30 - 20:00
Wednesday
12:30 - 20:00
Thursday
12:30 - 20:00
Friday
12:30 - 20:00
Saturday
12:30 - 20:00
Sunday
12:30 - 20:00
About
Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
How to get there
  • St-Michel – Notre-Dame • 2 min walk
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 2 min walk
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Shaun L
Strasbourg, France9 contributions
A great visit
Oct 2021
I was introduced to this store when I took the Eating Europe Julia Child food tour. We only had 10 minutes to look around so this trip I came back.

What a cool and wonderful place. Nooks, crannies, places to read and sit and a great collection of books, both new and antique.

If you love to read you will go wild over this store and if you just need a book for the plane ride home it is one of the larger English language bookstores.
Written 4 October 2021
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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 31 August 2021
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Robert S
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL767 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 23 August 2021
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Robert N
Luthersville, GA227 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 23 August 2021
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Icchok
Kadima, Israel563 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 17 June 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,184 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 16 October 2020
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kempian2
Prestatyn, UK62 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 28 July 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,678 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 27 June 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 20 May 2020
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fiamma11
Vienna, VA3,488 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 3 April 2020
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