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Shakespeare & Company, Paris
(4.4/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
A haven for bibliophiles, Shakespeare & Company 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." Using our online itinerary creator, Paris attractions like Shakespeare & Company can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • What a fun, interesting place to visit. The Shakespeare bookstore has a wonderful history and this is a must-see for visitors. A big plus is it is open on Sunday. 
  • If you're visiting Notre Dame, drop in and check this place out. It's quirky and cool and if you buy a book they will stamp it with a 'kilometer zero' stamp. 
  • A lot of choice of books. Very good services too. Small but cosy. and we can ever seat to read as there is book to read only on site. 
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  • I love bookstores and this one is extremely special. There is every kind of book here as well as many rare and unique books that maybe you haven't heard of. The staff is very helpful and quick to help recommend books based on favorites of yours. Only thing that I can complain about is that it is a little overpriced. But even despite that, I still love going here every time I am in Paris.
  • Shakespeare & Company is a book lover's paradise! The shop is lined from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling with books to interest all levels of intrigue. The bookstore offers both classical and contemporary literature, as well as used books and gift items. I first visited Shakespeare and Co. on a late April afternoon, so it wast too busy. Depending on the time of year and day the shop may be crowded, so plan to give yourself enough time to look around and take in what the shop has to offer. Also, be sure to ask the cashier to stamp the inside front cover of your purchases with the iconic Shakespeare and Co. logo!
  • Such a cozy little nook for the bookworms. Especially cozy on cold evenings when all you want to do is sit down with good books. I found so many little treasures but so sad that I can't bring them home with me.
  • What a quaint bookshop! Filled with character and whimsy, this bookshop offers a selection of used books as well as new. In the middle of July this place was packed! Caution to watch your bags and valuables while browsing this place. One could easily be pick-pocketed between the tight shelves. Pay close attention to the many details of the shop. There are several hidden and minute details that make for a wonderful experience.
  • For sure you will feel like you are in a movie. Just go and feel the smells of the old book. You will be the actor of your own movie.