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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Open today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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 yesterday via mobile

Such a cute little book store with a great history! Loved spending a little bit of time here...was busy but felt like a different world!

Thank Brooke D
Reviewed 2 days ago

A magical bookshop, with books on everything, small alcoves, jostling the tourists, i found a book for everyone for Christmas, could have spent twice as long but was aware that whatever i bought i was going to have to carry for the rest of the...More

Thank Y1786EWkatem
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Every time I’m in Paris, I’ll pop by here after visiting the Notre dame cathedral. I love a good, historical bookstore and this store ticks all the boxes. They have a cafe area now where food and coffee is decent.

Thank Weiqing T
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a crowded little maze of books, books and more books! The rooms are thematically arranged, and there is such a variety to choose from. You can find everything from classics to thought-provoking new releases. I would say that its popularity is the worst...More

Thank LostintheUSA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We bought souvenirs for our kids here. Books are all in English. They stamp your books so if you give it as a gift the recipient knows it came from Paris. Much better then some junk souvenir. The store was fun to explore as well.

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore on the Left Bank of Paris is famed for supporting and sometimes housing giants of literature like Joyce, Hemingway and others. It is still a working bookstore with narrow aisles of shelved books on all subjects. Their selection is wide and...More

Thank CarpeNox
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lively bookstore took its name from Sylvia Beach's old place near Odeon. It's modern and a place to shop. When we went we had to wait in line to get in.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have the opportunity to visit Paris a couple of times a year, and each time I do I try to stop at Shakespeare & Co. It's not much to look at, really. It's a firetrap, full of tourists, and not very easy to navigate....More

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a bit of a logistics problem the first look, but it was worth it. Second time was the charm. Not super crowded. We came closer to closing. The staff was very helpful. Such a great experience. Highly recommend for fellow book lovers.

Thank suzgor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As avid Shakespeare fans we had to go pop in. It is quaint and eccentric just as expected. We of course had to make a purchase, which at the desk will be stamped to show where was purchased making ideal souvenir or gifts.

Thank ksview
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Odeon / Saint-Michel
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never stops. Boulevards are lined with traditional
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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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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