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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love books” (72 reviews)
“english books” (61 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 yesterday

About 99% of Parisians have never heard of the place. That's lucky because it seems that 99% of all foreigners travelling to Paris have heard about it and do flock to this quaint middle aged shop. Bookwise, they have one the finest selection of books...More

Thank Eman69
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An adorable little bookshop with an impressive selection of literature in English. The attached cafe sells flat whites! And is the only place in France/Belgium/Holland that I've been able to get a coffee that didn't have burnt milk!!

Thank Laurel F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tissue-thin tote bags for 10€. Used copies of National Geographic for 4€. A Shakespeare & Co coffee mug for 15€. The shelves are mostly stocked with new books, and I'll give it to them, they have a pretty good selection but they seem to be...More

Thank Tasha S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited with my son in August 2017 as he specifically requested a visit to the store as he really loves to read. It was a really cool experience and the staff are very helpful. The location is really quaint with back alleys and small...More

Thank i_dont_ask_much
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely charming bookstore next to the Notre Dame. Truly a hidden gem. It's like a bookstore from a Harry Potter movie. This was recommended by our bike tour guide and we thank him for it.

Thank LisaEbbington
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited here on a friends recommendation and absolutely loved it. You will find a selection of both new and secondhand books in a variety of genres. Many in English. The store has a piano, a cat and plenty of areas to read and rest....More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the first time I had to wait in line to visit a bookstore, but it was a short line and worth the wait. The store is quaint and represents the ideal of what a bookstore should be. The neat stacks, the ladders to...More

Thank Ernjack1972
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This a very beautiful historical bookshop not to be missed in Paris! It's located in saint Michel area on the bord of seine river !! There you can enjoy a nice visit of books in the bookshop and enjoy a nice coffee in their cafe...More

Thank Giannisioannou72
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here to look for a hard to find out of print book and they had a used copy in very good condition. We had gone to all the other major book sellers in and around Paris with no luck, but Shakespeare &...More

Thank Curt H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were American, Australian, and British so there is no need to know French at all. The coffee is excellent, the lemonade was lovely, and it is a very small bit of fun.

Thank Lexillion
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
23 June 2017|
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Response from Stephanie C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do! They have many signed books. Look up their website and you will see a section of some of the ones they have to offer... Sorry for the late response!! I never got a notification. I head back to Paris on... More
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
30 October 2015|
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Response from Rebecca H | Reviewed this property |
I also was surprised by so many reviews mentioning poor service at wonderful places in Paris. However, after a few days I realized that we Americans expect self-serve of shops, while most Parisian shops seem to expect... More