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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“book store”(164 reviews)
“love books”(80 reviews)
37 rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
+33 1 43 25 40 93
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a great meeting place due to its location. Interesting to wander round and if your lucky some free wine and the organised book signings

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was looking for a book to give as a gift, I called the shop and Octavia was able to help me find the perfect book over the phone. The people who work here are very knowledgeable and kind. Can't wait to pick it up, the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ashleyinparis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes it’s true. I got a very respectable flat white from the cafe, it’s was in the coffee menu! The only decent coffee I have had in either London or Paris.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 771jenniet
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I adore this shop, always worth a trip. Sadly it gets a little too crowded sometimes and yes, the books are a bit over priced but I would still always go back there. Was not my first nor my last time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JenBlack85
Reviewed 1 week ago

Paris’ Shakespeare bookshop is legendary. It’s been there for years, and before that was a hidden wine shop during prohibition. Anyone with an interest in books will love it as soon as they walk in, guaranteed. It felt like every book I’ve ever wanted to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank VickyFlipFlop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it is Shakespeare & Co. but is isn't mind-blowing even for a book-lover like myself. There's a line to go in and you can't even take pictures. This is the kind of bookstore that you see once just to say you did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank followthelyra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This famous bookstore is charming, unique and a place where you could easily spend hours reading over the notes, letters, signs, carvings and other messages that are littered all over the store. There is a great selection of books, of course - but I think...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Myles D
Reviewed 11 November 2018

Wall-to-wall books, hidden nooks, a classic bookstore you want to spend hours and hours. This is the world before Kindle and you can lavish yourself in English books of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, art, you name it. Come here to get lost in the world of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nellie F
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Had to wait in a small queue to enter but it was worthwhile. They have a huge range and lots of trendy -ism books and will stamp purchases and give you stickers. Also bought a tote bag. The cafe next door was packed unfortunately due...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tumnusiscute
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Not only is this a great place to find a rare read it also comes with such a fascinating history that includes some of the world's most famous writers. As a literary lover I could spend hours, if not days browsing through the books. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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25 September 2018|
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Response from Laura C | Reviewed this property |
Yes the books are in English. They have a wide selection of second-hand book, which are of course quite cheap. New books are rather expensive ( you could the same books cheaper online). Howwever it depends on the book you're... More
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