Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris

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A haven for bibliophiles, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore presents an English-language collection of eclectic secondhand books, as well as Sunday tea, literary readings, and writers' meetings. Sylvia Beach Whitman, the original owner's daughter, now runs the bookshop her father, George, started as "Le Mistral" in 1951. He later renamed the store to honor the original shop owned by Sylvia Beach from 1919 to 1940. The shop became (and still is) a haven for an unconventional literary culture, and was frequented by Beat writers, including Allen Ginsberg. Filled from floor to ceiling with titles, each small room has walls peppered with quotes and postcards. Upstairs, you'll find a writer's area with a typewriter, a labyrinth of rooms, and a piano. For the price of your life story written on a sheet of paper, you can sleep upstairs in one of the 13 beds run by the bookshop, called "Hotel Tumbleweed." To visit Shakespeare and Company Bookstore on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris.
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  • My wife and daughter are big book readers. They were happy to come to this bookstore. The store has a cool vibe and books are everywhere. 
    My wife and daughter are big book readers. They were happy to come to this bookstore. The store has a cool vibe and books are everywhere.  more »
  • If your a book lover than this is a fun stop. The history and the vibe of the place I loved. I purchased some books as gifts which they stamp with a Store Shakespear stamp. 
    If your a book lover than this is a fun stop. The history and the vibe of the place I loved. I purchased some books as gifts which they stamp with a Store Shakespear stamp.  more »
  • A tourist trap, clearly listed in every tourist guide on the planet Earth. Long lines, one salesperson not only spoke to me, insultingly, using obscene language, but I was also quoted multiple... 
    A tourist trap, clearly listed in every tourist guide on the planet Earth. Long lines, one salesperson not only spoke to me, insultingly, using obscene language, but I was also quoted multiple...  more »
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  • Amazing store! Incredible history, great selection of books (mostly in English), and the best kind of atmosphere. There was a girl playing piano in the reading room and I got to sit and read while I listened to her play. That is true happiness.
  • Beautiful bookstore with a large selection of English books. Unfortunately there was a line, having customers wait about 30 minutes to get in and honestly I would not go again if it was busy. Many people go for some quick pictures but aside from the name value the bookstore is not particularly unique. On the other hand, if you have time to spare, you can take a book upstairs to the reading room and read in the company of high selves and loud tourists. Would recommend for the reading room and maybe a picture outside, but the prices are similar to most other bookstores and a book is a book in the end no matter where it was bought.
  • Loved, loved, loved my experience here! This is definitely a staple visit when touring Paris. The smell of the books, the environment, everything was perfect for a book lover or a tourist. Oh and to top it off, the customer service was amazing. They should have been shutting down for the night and let us come in (we were last in last). They were so patient, I found a nice book to purchase, and got my official Shakespeare stamp on the book. I can’t wait to return and highly recommend a visit if you have time
  • Line looks long from the outside but goes by pretty quick! Right next to many different historical buildings you can go visit as well. Notre-Dame Cathedral is right across the bridge and you have a perfect view for me. Inside of the store was very nice and clean well-kept.
  • I liked the place, from outside it looks authentic and from inside it’s like a time machine! The only issue was to get inside, the line was huuge outside and it took me about 20 mins to get in! The structure and room placement is great and truly reflects the history of the city, the stairs were nice and the reading room felt like an old study. Unfortunately the cat was on leave 😅, the only take i have is that I expected a wider range of books especially literature, they have good titles but they were all mainstream.

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