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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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Address: 37 Rue de la Bucherie | Quartier Latin, 75005 Paris, France
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+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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Book lovers' paradise

Even though this bookshop became is highly touristic and crowded in recent years thanks to the movies that featured it (Before Sunset, i.e.) and travel articles, it is still a... read more

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Istanbul, Turkey
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW

Even though this bookshop became is highly touristic and crowded in recent years thanks to the movies that featured it (Before Sunset, i.e.) and travel articles, it is still a paradise for book lovers. There are only books in English. While you are there, don't miss to see Paris' oldest tree, just around the corner.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just to say you have been. So much history. So many artists and writers walked in same foot steps so it takes you back in time for just a few moments.

Thank Jim C
Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great bookstore and so much more. Cards, gifts, toys. Some older editions, and much in several languages. Buy a book and sit at a cafe and enjoy.

Thank DR186
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's vintage settings, history (a few movies been filmed there), well organised shelves, rustic yet not run down, if you are a lover of books, you will love this bookstore

Thank Denise H
Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a real treasure for book lovers. Interestingly laid out with loads of different titles available. It is busy so be prepared.

Thank Carolyn N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wall-to-wall books -- fiction, nonfiction, children's, rare, used, new and more -- jam every inch of space in this 17th century building. There are quotes on the walls and quotes on the staircase. There's more to see than a brief visit's worth. Plan to spend some time

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's the historic, iconic bookstore of writers long gone. But it's still fabulous and retains it's literary pedigree. The staff is great, the books are great, the readings are great--what's not to like? Oh yes, tourists.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the book store, it has so much history. Be ready for some cramped quarters, but worth going just for the experience

Thank Stephanie C
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is not easy to find this bookstore, as I was expecting a big place. But once you get there you will not want to leave.

Thank ronnifreire
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the history associated with this bookstore and also that today, it still hosts budding authors and writers. Loved seeing the resident cat sitting on the laps of visitors. All books purchased are were stamped with a 'Shakespeare and Company Bookstore' stamp - a great souvenir. A nice coffee shop is now located next door. Wished we had more... More 

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