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Shakespeare & Company, Paris

Categories: Tourist Spots, Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.4/5 based on 2,400+ 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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  • You can ask and read quietly to the floor while someone playing the piano... What more? ;)
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  • The Interior of the small and full of various books. This is where a lot of people buy the eco-bag.
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  • We visited this cozy bookstore during our recent visit to Paris, and it was truly amazing. It's one of those places where you can feel the history as you walk around the store. After browsing and wand...  read more »
  • Everything I wanted it to be and more. Beautiful bookstore, wall to wall, floor to ceiling, full of the glorious smell of new and used books. Ladders on rollers to climb the bookcases, an adorable second floor with cozy chairs, nooks and ledges for you to sit and read. Ask them to stamp the inside cover of your favourite book. It's a wonderful memento that I absolutely treasure.
  • I love bookstores. This one in Paris is a picture of what a quaint bookstore should be like. Shakespeare and Company, popular English bookstore in Paris that was featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. It’s also a second hand bookstore, and I was pretty tempted to go in and search for and old print of Hemingway’s literature. When I was younger, I took to heart the words that has shaped me all this years, “leaders are readers”. I don’t think just leaders are readers but everyone of note, are readers. Books have a way to inform, to educate and to inspire and I was fortunate to have been shared that secret long ago. Take a moment an explore the words. Some worlds are meant to be explored in the imagination.
  • I frequented this store on numerous occasions! I guess you can say that it is a home away from home... One of my favourite bookstores in the world, this place will satisfy your Lost Generation desires and more! Why not purchase a Hemingway novel with the Shakespeare & Company stamp inside? What a great gift idea!
  • Come here for the books, come here for the coffee, come here for ethan hawke and julie delpy.
  • Magical bookstore. Books you buy get stamped with the Shakespeare and Co logo! Afterwards, get a coffee, sit outside and read with a view of the Notre Dame
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