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A bookworm's dream »

4.0 Stars

This store is so cute and old-school. Such a nice change of scene for people like me who are used to getting their books at Barnes and Nobles or even worse, Amazon.com I love the ambience and all the people just hanging out reading. Worth visiting even if you have no desire to purchase a book.

On Sun Mar 20, 2011 | Permalink

Practically Perfect in Every Way »

4.0 Stars

A little cloud 9 for Anglo-bookworms.
Cozy with warm lights, comfy seats, a piano, and piles of books, this is one of the most heartwarming places in Paris.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable,
and as helpful as can be.

If you can, go on a week day/night when it's less crowded.

If you're in Paris for more than a vacation, and wanting to brush up on your French/English. Join the language exchange discussion on Thursday nights.

On Tue Dec 15, 2009 | Permalink

totally worth to hit this spot... »

5.0 Stars

...specially if you are a writer

many people do not know this but Shakespeare & Co. can host you in their bedrooms upstairs for a week while you are in Paris.
the conditions are:
- you need to be an aspiring writer
- you need to be at the bookstore every day for opening and closing the store
- you have to work at least an hour (it may be two) at the bookstore per day
- and you have to start reading and finish one book during your stay and write about it

my boyfriend who was looking for hostels asked the cashier at Shakespeare & Co. and that's what the cashier told him

next time you go, if you meet the requirements, ask the staff if you can stay there

On Sun Sep 20, 2009 | Permalink

Essential first stop »

5.0 Stars

Yes, Whitney's quite right: the owner's daughter is a hottie.

But anyway, that little, if not entirely irrelevant, detail aside, this little Parisian bookshop is the essential first stop in this city. For there you must pick up a copy of "Plan de Paris par Arrondisement et Communes de Banlieue avec la station du metro la plus proch". For €12, you’ll have a handy map of Paris that lists all the streets, from large to small, across every corner of this city. Both the RER and metro lines are also covered. It’s better than those poster-sized maps and make for an appropriate reminder of your visit to Paris and to the bookshop.

On Sun Sep 6, 2009 | Permalink

What you picture when thinking Parisian bookstore. »

4.0 Stars

Make your way through a cluttered room where you'll find a book on any conceivable subject, or check out next door, where they house vintage and rare copies that are fun to ogle if you're into literature. Some of the staff are really into recommending you other books based on what it is you're buying, which is great, and the popular housing for writers unofficial program is a fantastic idea for aspiring creative expats. Also, my friend who lives in Paris assures me that the daughter of the proprietor is gorgeous, though the times I was here, I didn't see her so I can't comment.

On Sun May 10, 2009 | Permalink

Sweet jamz, lots of great books »

5.0 Stars

When I went, they were playing Sign O' the Times by Prince. Any bookstore that will play an album with lyrics like "And would u, would u let me kiss u there/
You know down there where it counts/
I'll do it so good I swear I'll drink every ounce" wins my heart immediately.

On Wed May 6, 2009 | Permalink

Booklovers' Heaven »

5.0 Stars

Cramped, tiny, and disorganized are some of the characteristics that make this little shop so damn charming. You can spend all day getting lost in here. They have everything from Russian literature (in Russian) to art and photography, to anthologies, to a little glass-case tribute to City Lights. Once you find what you're looking for, you can head up to the attic to read by the window in the company of their friendly cat.

On Mon Apr 20, 2009 | Permalink

marxism »

4.0 Stars

i left a note on page 172 of a book called "marxism" here in august 2000. if you found it, call me.

love this place. can you still work for a bunk upstairs? you could before. nice cat too.

On Sun Dec 7, 2008 | Permalink

Cool English-language bookstore in Paris »

5.0 Stars

Pretty cool little bookshop in Paris created by US ex-pat George Whitman.

Pretty famous during the beat era and still has a very independent vibe.

Apparently they rent out rooms to literary-inspired travelers. Check out the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_and_Company_(bookshop)

On Sun Dec 7, 2008 | Permalink

4.55555555556 Stars
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France


Bookstore you can get lost in, with a realness, mon frere.

Tags: beat, books, bookshop, bookstore, cats, english, george whitman, notre dame, rooms for rent

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