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 was introduced to this store when I took the Eating Europe Julia Child food tour. We only had 10 minutes to look around so this trip I came back. What a cool and wonderful place. Nooks, crannies.....  more »
  • Such a unique bookstore. The place has got a great selection of books paired with many different styles of cover designs. If you love reading books or if you are just curious definitely go there...  more »
  • The history of this place already tells the love of books and power of mind, you will surely feel something different from the outside world when you are inside this not so big but such compacted space, compacted with the books of course but also the light of human mind. If you haven't fully enjoyed after visiting the bookstore, they have a small bar right next to it where you can have a simple meal and a nice cool lemonade. You can also find a book or two to read from their reading corner if you wish to extend your staying, it's surely cozy to do so.
  • Always worth a visit if you're in Paris. Amazing range of books, mostly English language. Worth keeping an eye out for, free, author events, usually evenings. Great cafe next door which is pretty reasonably priced for the area

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