Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris

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A haven for bibliophiles, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore 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." To visit Shakespeare and Company Bookstore on your holiday in Paris, and find out what else Paris has to offer, use our Paris.
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  • I really enjoyed visiting this bookshop. It’s worth waiting in the line!!! So many books inside and such a beautiful space too. I love spending time here looking thru the vast book collection! And... 
    I really enjoyed visiting this bookshop. It’s worth waiting in the line!!! So many books inside and such a beautiful space too. I love spending time here looking thru the vast book collection! And...  more »
  • It was a little crowded when I stopped by (around 6-7 PM), but I still had a bit of room to explore and actually browse the shelves. The catalog of books leans more on new blockbuster releases and.....  more
    It was a little crowded when I stopped by (around 6-7 PM), but I still had a bit of room to explore and actually browse the shelves. The catalog of books leans more on new blockbuster releases and.....  more »
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  • A classic for a reason. Shakespeare and Co. is always such a joy to visit. Whether for a quick walk-through, or a long sit upstairs. It's a versatile space that allows its visitors to enjoy as they wish. There is a real sense of community with everyone who visits, works and loves it there. I will say that it can get quite busy, but that's only because of how great it truly is.
  • Personally I loved this but unless you are a real book lover and interested in the cultural history of writing in Paris it may not be worth the wait to get in. It has so much charm and history and I found it quite an emotional experience to think if all those literary greats hanging out there. There is a piano inside and whilst we were visiting had the pleasure of hearing an incredibly talented young pianist give us a mini recital. We also met the resident cat who was nonchalantly lounging on one of the sofas in one of the many rooms lined with books.

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