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“Worth a quick stop if you are in the area.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
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Owner description: Famous bookstore located across from Notre Dame features several floors of books and Paris literary history.
East Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Worth a quick stop if you are in the area.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

This place is worth a peek if you are at Notre Dame, but not worth a special trip. It has an interesting history, but no easy way of knowing that from a visit.

Visited August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Brilliant Bookstore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

Right in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw across the Seine from Notre Dame you will find the brilliant Shakespeare & Co. bookstore. Such a great store – you could spend hours browsing or lounging around upstairs reading. I picked up a couple of old Kafka prints and Linda found a Capote and Patti Smith autobiography. Can’t wait to return here one day! The owner, George Whitman was devoted to this store and worked tirelessly for decades until he died just a month before our visit, aged 98. Now his daughter has taken over.

Visited January 2012
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

it is small, but filled with human-beings who love books or just want to have a glance of this famous place. could be touristy at some point. remember not to take pictures as i was warned.
oops., do spend some time upstairs :) For more interesting updates, just google " panoramio dumbellfish" lots of love

Visited August 2012
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A bit of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

I have visited this bookstore on many occasions, the first being when I was a student in Paris. It has many wonderful books and little corners to sit and read. It can be very crowded during the tourist season but you can still find a corner to leaf through some books. Many interesting writers have been there.

Visited August 2012
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Venice, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a booklover's dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

If you love books and authors and history, DO NOT miss this place. A shop that is jam-packed with books (mostly English language) and filled with tiny nooks where you can sit and read and soak up the history of the place...and right across the Seine from the Notre Dame cathedral. They will happily stamp your book purchase so you can remember your visit for years to come.

Visited July 2012
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