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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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37 rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
Odéon / Saint-Michel
+33 1 43 25 40 93
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Huge selection of English books. We got lost in the bookstore for quite a while, browsing through all the sections of this famous little place. The cafe right next to it is a great place for a break, where you can enjoy a cup of...More

Thank Marianne B
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a find! I love this place. A great place to pass time with a huge selection of books new and old. The smell of the books, the sense of history and the knowledgeable staff make this a great place to take a pause. With...More

Thank bambismurf
Reviewed 1 week ago

Given all the hype in the guidebooks and from the other people that we knew…I guess I was expecting more. It was overcrowded, cramped and almost “maze-like”. I understand the history of the place, and we got to see the “famous cats”…but unfortunately, it felt...More

1  Thank David D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I come there very often and it’s always a pleasure. Usually no queue, millions of books and even if it’s a bit crowded it’s not one of those modern bookshops, there’s definitely something about it. I love this place and it feels cozy. Plus they...More

1  Thank danalyreviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly special historic bookstore and lovely cafe. It is important to note that taking photos inside the establishment is prohibited.

1  Thank Dr Vivienne F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely bookstore with a rich history. Photos are not allowed inside, unfortunately. If you are looking for books written in English in Paris, this is the place for you.

Thank Tonya P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bit of a pilgrimage really. Very easy to find. No queues when I was there which seems to have been exactly the same time as other reviewers... not sure what was going on there, but there were lots of groups hanging about outside when I...More

3  Thank Langhame
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the best experiences we had on our short Paris trip. We dedicated one say to tour the Seine with the Hop on Hop off Batobus. One of the stops was by the Cathedral. This store is about a 5 minute walk...More

3  Thank dillyjanjan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never did get inside. I can only surmise that it's wonderful. But I was surprised to find a line waiting to go in, with guard and everything. I suppose as iconic as it is, this is necessary. It just means that I'll have to...More

1  Thank SyrinxSounds
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay heres the thing, its not the original Shakespeare and Co. because that one closed down when the Nazis occupied Paris. They call it a loving tribute and I think it is. Its a lovely book shop with lots of books in english and it...More

Thank Tere B
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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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Kassandra S
17 June 2018|
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Response from DanielleA262 | Reviewed this property |
Yes definitely there's loads of modern books and theres a tray out the front with second hand bargains too.
Mabel C
17 June 2018|
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Response from CRoss121 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are children's books, but it is not a large Barnes & Noble-y kids play area book-reading section. This is a super-cool, old school bookstore that has some amazing books, old and new favorites, and something for... More
Kassandra S
15 June 2018|
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