Shakespeare and Company

A mecca for book lovers

If you have not heard about the former boarding house that turned to be a book shop, well it’s time for you to read about one of the most famous bookshop in Paris. It has been the crossroads of distinguished writers such as Hemingway, Joyce or Pound…yes;)

At the beginning of the century, some travellers, artists who sought for a shelter, a place of rest were given a mattress in exchange of chores and guess what? …the concept still lingers on.

Thus the place was gaining a solid and mystique reputation though taken for granted at the beginning. Nowadays, you find books in english at most, but you also have sections in German and other languages. Just ask the nice sellers.

Regarding the sellers, they speak in English and offer a stamp on your book if you buy one, enough to engrave in your book a memory of your stop in that atypical edifice. The soul of that place draws its strength in the warmth of the spot with sofas and all, the loyalty of its clients and the anecdotes shared between the clients on the first floor.

You probably want to know what sort of books you can find, well I am tempted to use a short cut and tell you: Everything, because that is true. But I am going to pick up for you the most notable books. Feel free to read Gatsby from Fitzgerald, a Moveable feast by Hemingway, Madame de Bovary by Flaubert (in english), Ulysses by James Joyce, Les miserables by Victor Hugo. The list is crowded as well as the shelves…lucky for you the seller will give you what you are looking for in a flash;)

All the genres are available, all you have to do is to open the door and get ready to enter several worlds, and remember, “each room is a chapter” George Whitman said once, about the bookshop he had owned in the 50’s.

Ze +

  • A wide choice of books
  • A café “Shakespeare and co” is just next door
  • You have chairs in case you want to flick through some books;)
  • In the core of the Quartier latin and Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Stories are recounted on the first floor

Ze -

  • Sometimes the prices could be a bit high
  • narrow place
  • No pictures allowed

Ze tip

Ask the seller what time you can listen to the storyteller on the first floor.

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