Shakespeare & Company

Bookstore and Historic Site · Sorbonne
37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
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Shakespeare and Company was opened in August 1951 by George Whitman. Since then, it has grown from a bookstore into an institution in the heart of Paris.


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    Buket D.
    "smells hemingway."(7 Tips)
    Bobby S.
    "Legendary bookstore where writers are allowed to live."(7 Tips)
    Syndicate Media Group
    "Paris [Read] RIP founder George Whitman"(4 Tips)
    "I love this bookstore and the old typewriter and the piano upstairs."(3 Tips)
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  • Marjan V.

    This is da bomb! Old en new books. Pianoplayer, sofa to read in. Pure heaven!

    Marjan Van den Bussche · 17 hours ago
  • Janie H.

    I loved this cute little eclectic book shop. Must see for any book lover!

    Janie Holden · 2 weeks ago
  • Fereşte

    Before sunset...

    Fereşte · 2 weeks ago
  • Gianluca M.

    Crowded with English books. Some small seats to rest and enjoy reading. Also, a piano to play if you want.

    Gianluca Micchi · 3 weeks ago
  • quique v.

    Atmosphere still intact <3

    quique villaseñor · 3 weeks ago
  • silvia

    The writing on the wall and feed the writers

    silvia · October 24
  • Ryan P.

    The bookkeepers are happy to recommend a book or five.

    Ryan Patrick · October 17
  • Ryan Y.

    Great bookstore! Go upstairs by the piano to get serenaded while reading a book.

    Ryan Yun · September 21
  • Davide M.

    A wonderful bookstore like this makes me regret the future disappearance of paper books in favour of ebooks.

    Davide Milesi · September 6
  • K M.

    Beautiful book store and library. Make sure you say hello to the cat, Kitty.

    K M · September 3
  • Aida C.

    this place is sooooo cute! The people are super nice and cool, a bit pricey but the novels look amazing and classic!

    Aida Campos · August 29
  • Bob S.

    If you like books, go here. You will not find a better bookstore. Anywhere.

    Bob St Claire · August 18
  • Giovanna R.

    Really beautiful library. Go and read a book. And of course, buy one!

    Giovanna Rubio · August 16
  • Hyungwon L.

    Books. New or used, buy and read!

    Hyungwon Lim · August 15
  • Andreas K.

    If you like books in English and you like places with a history, then you should go there!

    Andreas Kanakis · August 11
  • Ovgu C.

    Lovely bookshop. It's so close to Notre Damme Cathedral. Normally, it's not allowed to take photos inside but noone cares about it.

    Ovgu C. O. · August 7
  • Tanya V.

    One of the oldest bookstores that is both a little library. Both modern and antique books are on sale. Chill out for a moment and breathe in the history

    Tanya V · August 3
  • Eman A.

    3/They hold book discussions and events and their staff is super friendly and cooperative.

    Eman Abdulaziz · August 3
  • Eman A.

    2/It's a magical place; the smell of the books will make you go crazy. Their books are well-organized and have a huge variety of many things.

    Eman Abdulaziz · August 3
  • Eman A.

    1/Actually, this place was recommended to me by a friend. It's highly worth the visit. They have one of the largest selections of used and new English books in Paris.

    Eman Abdulaziz · August 3
  • Maci L.

    Great place!!! A chance to buy a book!

    Maci L · July 27
  • chica l.

    finding the cat sleeping on his couch was unpriceable:)

    chica latte · July 21
  • Den

    Best library. They have all the classics in beautiful editions! Don't miss it!

    Den · July 20
  • Bobby S.

    Legendary bookstore where writers are allowed to live.

    Bobby Solomon · July 17
  • Jenny L.

    There are so many people you have to line up to get in.

    Jenny Law · July 12
  • Sandra H.

    A must for all books in English. They host readings and workshops

    Sandra Hdz · July 8
  • Nikola M.

    Go upstairs and wait for someone to play the piano. The atmosphere is very relaxing.

    Nikola Milekic · June 25
  • Jono H.

    Historic book store. Pop in, pick up a book and explore his unique place

    Jono Haysom · May 16
  • Chris G.

    You can get the shop's stamp on any book so that it can become an interesting souvenir of your trip.Visit the upper floor to see the view through the front window and pet the cat on the couch.

    Chris G · May 6
  • Eva

    A must for book lovers.

    Eva · April 24
  • Alan S.

    I had my brunch here. Intellectual brunch. 👌

    Alan Smithee · April 18
  • Shawn C.

    Go upstairs with a book and take a seat. Imagine you are reading with Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. This is a hidden gem.

    Shawn Callahan · April 16
  • Juliana M.

    A book shop that you never get tired of!

    Juliana Menezes · April 15
  • Muire M.

    Do not miss this experience! A fabulous bookshop steeped in history. Make sure to visit Kitty (the shop cat), often curled up asleep on the rocking chair in the upstairs library. Beautiful.

    Muire McCallion · April 12
  • Jeongeun K.

    There is a piano in 2nd floor

    Jeongeun Kim · March 19
  • Jad C.

    A beautiful bookshop. The amazing atmosphere and feel are enough to justify going there. Probably the best english bookshop in all paris.

    Jad Challita · March 16
  • Sharon P.

    Full of whimsy and magic. This place is so worth it. Go for the poetry tea parties Sunday's 4-6. And, if you're lucky, someone brilliant will be playing the piano.

    Sharon P. · March 8
  • Önder B.

    If you're not into kicking back a few beers in a French bistrot, you can spend ours in this time portal.

    Önder Bingöl · March 3
  • Nik K.

    Old atmosphere. Go upstairs and grab a book from their "not for sale" collection to read in the reading room

    Nik Kovva · March 3
  • shirley

    Really,truly love this place, fantastic...

    shirley · February 12
  • Benjamin D.

    Are you a book worm? This is the place. I mean THE place.

    Benjamin Djidi · January 24
  • Deniz D.

    Amazing atmosphere...

    Deniz Dorbek · December 30, 2014
  • Frankie R.

    A famous English-language bookshop so popular there's often a queue to get in. Worth it to experience the densely-packed shelves and cozy library upstairs. No photography allowed – buy a book instead.

    Frankie Roberto · December 15, 2014
  • Ilia

    Join upstairs for a tea party! "With a poem in your pocket and a song in your heart!" This place is the essence of Paris.

    Ilia · December 8, 2014
  • Elizabeth L.

    A most quaint bookstore with its own pet cat to boot. Quality books sold here, as are antiquarian books. Look out for the ultra cosy poetry corner and piano on 2nd floor (u can play it if in the mood)

    Elizabeth Lee · December 1, 2014
  • Fanee🍍🍉

    Best bookstore i've ever been to! 👌

    Fanee🍍🍉 · November 23, 2014
  • Geeta S.

    Ambiance, books, historic, quaint

    Geeta Singh · November 15, 2014
  • Catherine F.

    This place is heaven. The ambiance feels so warm and cozy. And the selection and service are just as equally great. Don't forget to get a look upstairs!

    Catherine Fortin-Dube · November 12, 2014
  • Lindsay D.

    Leave a few cents for the tumbleweeds! (See the well in the floor)...yes, that stuff does actually go to starving writers.

    Lindsay D'Andrea · October 17, 2014
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    Veronika Lukianchykova · October 15, 2014

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