Shakespeare And Company BookstoreCurrently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
- Address: 37 rue de la Bucherie, Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris, France (Pantheon)
- Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
- Phone: +33-143254093
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Specialty Shop
This bookstore owned by George Whitman is as iconic as the one owned by Sylvia Whitman on rue de l'Odéon. Named to honour the original Shakespeare & Company, this charming little bookstore is a treasure chest of books. It still retains the old Parisian aura and is all about books and books only.
Opened in 1919 originally, Sylvia Beach Shakespeare & Company has seen celebrated writers like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemmingway and James Joyce gather in the premises to discuss their work and ideate. Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore, a second-hand books store and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. It still continues to shelter writers who practically live and work there.
- Do read up on which store you would like to visit (the one owned by Sylvia beach or George Whitman) before you plan your trip to the store.
- Nearest metro: Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame, (RER B, RER C), Cluny - La Sorbonne (M10)
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5.82% of people who visit Paris include Shakespeare And Company Bookstore in their plan
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33.33% of people start their Shakespeare And Company Bookstore visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
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This is a gorgeous shop and I found myself doing a few laps to take it all in. There is a small section for French titles and the rest of the store is predominately English. Lots of variety, helpful staff picks and you can find a bargain in second hand section out the front. Give yourself plenty of time to absorb this lovely old bookstore! There is a small coffee shop next door serving good flat whites.
The loveliest book store I’ve ever been in. Absolutely charming, you could get lost in there for hours. Yet, it’s simultaneously so well organized and cozy that it isn’t overwhelming at all. They seem to have every book imaginable, and the place just has a special and enchanting feel to it. I also love the no photo rule - tempting as it is to snap photos of this “Instagram-able” place, it feels too special to do so. A MUST see for book/poetry lovers of any kind in Paris. (Also recommend going early in the morning to avoid too many people - but I’m happy it’s such a popular spot!) :)
I mean, yeah, it's a famous bookstore... But give it a chance. The written word that they flog has been expertly curated. Definitely worth a visit. A better poetry selection in English, there is not.
Really cool bookstore, a lot of history behind it and fun to walk around. Can say it's a bit small but overall highly recommend checking it out. Coffee shop next door as well too.
This city never cease to amaze me!!! Just today I saw this FIRST EDITION of Karl Marx in the Shakespeare&Co. bookstore😭It’s such a privilege to actual hold it in my hands and read it! I sincerely hope I could know this place earlier, a truly enjoyable paradise plus wise, friendly and passionate staffs!