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Shakespeare & Company

Bookstore and Antique Shop
Sorbonne, Paris
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  • Alicia🐱 V.
    "Lovely little bookshop, second home to Woody Allen and Hemingway"(9 Tips)
    New York Habitat
    "Step into the footsteps of many famous writers."(10 Tips)
    Anna Sh. 😈👑
    "Perfect place to buy many english books 😍"(6 Tips)
    Louise
    "I love this bookstore and the old typewriter and the piano upstairs."(4 Tips)
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  • Iva B.
    Iva Baeva-PetrovaJune 20, 2016
    A place full of magic. Every single detail is a peace of art. A place, where you feel the incredible power of books, where you can read, write, breathe...a source of inspiration for book lovers.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Sharon P.
    Sharon P.March 8, 2015
    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.
  • Eman A.
    Eman AbdulazizAugust 3, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Nora T.
    Nora TaghaviApril 26, 2016
    Old typing machine in the second floor and the old seats were interesting,it was great to be there. Different books with variety of subjects.I like it and I bought the "Body electric " from C.E.Smith
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeDecember 1, 2014
    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)
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengDecember 31, 2016
    Such a beautiful bookstore, and perfect if you want to spend a quiet afternoon reading. Very peaceful ambiance, and all the books are in English. No photos allowed but I took one anyways. :^)
  • Nancy
    NancyDecember 23, 2015
    Books in English of all sorts and surprising genres. Library and piano upstairs with room for writers to sleep. Upstairs is where literary nights are held too. I always come here on a trip to Paris.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GMay 6, 2015
    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.
  • Alice B.
    Alice Blomberg WrangeSeptember 10, 2016
    Such an unbelievably beautiful place, especially for book lovers. It's a combined bookshop and library. Quiet place to sit down and have a nice read. All books are in English!
  • Catherine F.
    Catherine Fortin-DubeNovember 12, 2014
    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!
  • Muire M.
    Muire McCallionApril 12, 2015
    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.
  • Eman A.
    Eman AbdulazizAugust 3, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Frankie R.
    Frankie RobertoDecember 15, 2014
    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.
  • TravelByArt
    TravelByArtJuly 31, 2014
    Shakespeare & Company became a focal point for American writers living in Paris in 1920s. It's owner, Sylvia Beach provided patronage for many writers including Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. Read more
    Upvoted May 1
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CraenenFebruary 17, 2016
    When you love bookstores, this one tops the cake. Located in a historic building, crammed with books and aspiring writers. If you buy a book you can ask for the shop's stamp.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatFebruary 28, 2012
    Step into the footsteps of many famous writers. Be sure to ask the shop owners for literary tips: it almost seems like they know every English book that’s ever been written!
  • Sheila S.
    Every sunday 4pm-6pm there is a mad hatter's Tea party in the owner's flat. It's amazing and a tradition for 51 years now. Bring something to read (short poem). And its free. :)
  • Sunny S.
    Sunny SombreroSeptember 7, 2014
    great shop! the book that I wanted was sold out ;-( but i've found a piece of paper in an old book. it was written: Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to Endless Night. (W.Blake)
  • Aida C.
    Aida CamposAugust 29, 2015
    this place is sooooo cute! The people are super nice and cool, a bit pricey but the novels look amazing and classic!
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.August 7, 2015
    Lovely bookshop. It's so close to Notre Damme Cathedral. Normally, it's not allowed to take photos inside but noone cares about it.
  • Ayomi M.
    Ayomi MichaelisMay 3, 2016
    I can spend my whole life in this little heaven!!!! I've got a bookgasm in this place. They have good books and old but homey, lovely vibe. Definitely must visit for booklovers.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    Shakespeare and Co. is simply a comforting spot to escape busy Paris and read a heavily used novel free of charge, hear a stranger expertly play piano, or stumble upon a famous writer. Read more
  • Mona R.
    Mona ReyNovember 18, 2016
    This part of Paris . And ofc this shop where The highlight of my citytrip . I loved The store . And The vibes . Only good !🙌🏽😻✨
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanApril 16, 2015
    Go upstairs with a book and take a seat. Imagine you are reading with Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. This is a hidden gem.
  • Lena V.
    Lena Van BergenMay 25, 2016
    PERFECT. Ask any questions about writing and by old to the staff, they are very open and friendly ☺️
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZhuravlovaAugust 9, 2014
    Awesome place, could have stayed here forever. You can find here any book in English you'd want, and the atmosphere is so authentic!
  • Jad C.
    Jad ChallitaMarch 16, 2015
    A beautiful bookshop. The amazing atmosphere and feel are enough to justify going there. Probably the best english bookshop in all paris.
  • Aleksandra V.
    Aleksandra VukovicDecember 8, 2015
    Wonderful experience! Go upstairs and read your own book in authentic and quiet environment or choose one from their shelves :)
  • Tanya V.
    Tanya VAugust 3, 2015
    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
  • Joanna G.
    Joanna GongSeptember 24, 2014
    Best "English" bookstore in Paris. Visit the second floor during their tea times.
  • Ieva A.
    Ieva AndrukaitytėDecember 17, 2016
    A famous landmark of the expat community. An interesting and varied selection of books in English and great guest events.
  • K M.
    K MSeptember 3, 2015
    Beautiful book store and library. Make sure you say hello to the cat, Kitty.
  • Francesca A.
    Francesca A.August 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    old style english bookstore with a view on Notre Dame. Perfect for some time alone with your favorite books. (the smell of old books is sooo romantic)
  • Christine E.
    Christine EstimaJune 13, 2013
    Read the memoir Time Was Soft There which details the lives of the starving writers whom George Whitman let stay for free at the shop.
  • Charlie G.
    Charlie GleasonAugust 31, 2013
    Upstairs is a brilliant collection of books and typewriters and a piano and everything I want my life to be.
  • Nicole F.
    A little expensive and too crowded but try finding good literature in English in France and you will pay the extra 3 euro per book
  • Giorgia D.
    Giorgia D'AmicoAugust 11, 2013
    A reader's paradise. Somehow all the books I own that got the Shakespeare & Co stamp when I bought them in this magic place left a mark. Buy a book, any book!
  • El T.
    El TAugust 30, 2016
    You MUST come here. Even if you are not fond of reading (which is hard to believe), you still have to pay a visit to this lovely bookstore.
  • Junjie Z.
    Junjie ZAugust 2, 2012
    Wonderful English bookstore, maybe the most famous one in France. Before heading for Latin Quarter, must go there, just like Hemingway and Fitzgerald did!
  • Jemimah W.
    Jemimah WeiFebruary 17, 2014
    THE CAT! is adorable. this place is amazing, but prices are marked up as expected. would spend the whole afternoon here, reading.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 18, 2012
    Shakespeare and Company has an awesome selection of English language books. If you're traveling in Paris and need a good read, go to this place. The third floor has a lot of good plays.
  • Sadaf T.
    Sadaf TabatabaeiDecember 16, 2016
    They have a very good collection of English books in different categories and the most helpful staff 📚😌
  • Jono H.
    Jono HaysomMay 16, 2015
    Historic book store. Pop in, pick up a book and explore his unique place
  • Siyi
    SiyiJanuary 1, 2013
    Really unique bookstore. Books are a little over-priced though. Ask for the stamp if you make any purchase!
  • Jenn
    JennSeptember 23, 2013
    Famous bookstore....must stop in! Opened at the same time as Sylvia's bookstore, but made famous by the likes of Allen Ginsberg.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RomeroApril 21
    According to Wikipedia, since the shop opened in 1951, more than 30,000 people have slept in the beds found tucked between bookshelves.
  • Önder B.
    Önder BingölMarch 3, 2015
    If you're not into kicking back a few beers in a French bistrot, you can spend ours in this time portal.
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WindramMay 26, 2014
    The library upstairs is a nice touch. Whiling away the day reading is very much encouraged up there.
  • Ayomi M.
    Ayomi MichaelisMay 3, 2016
    If you buy a book (or many) in this shop, or anything that has pages, ask the gent in the till to stamp your purchase.
  • Stijn A.
    Stijn AMarch 20
    Really nice place of literature related history (especially regarding James Joyce). Sadly to much of a hyped tourist destination and not so much a real bookstore anymore.
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