Shakespeare and Company, Paris

Last summer I went to Paris with my grandmother and oldest brother and one of the places we visited was the famous English bookstore Shakespeare and Company.

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Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but believe me when I tell you it was wonderful. Books everywhere, stacked to the ceiling, in all kinds of genres. It does get crowded – we were there at the end of the afternoon, but I think you might be ahead of the crowds if you go in the morning (if you’ve been at Shakespeare & Co. when it was less crowded, leave a comment!).

Next to the main store is a separate second-hand section, and next to that a small café. From the café you can see the Notre-Dame de Paris which is right across the Seine!

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(Not a great picture but it gives you an idea of how close to Notre-Dame the bookstore is – and how crowded this area of Paris is in summer.)

It’s worth to buy a book at Shakespeare & Co. if only to get it stamped with their logo. That way any books you get there are basically souvenirs. Though of course I don’t doubt they’ll have at least one book you like, so the stamp won’t be the only reason you buy it! They also have many events there. I was only in Paris for a few days, so I didn’t go to any (I don’t even know if there were any during my stay), but it might be worth to take a look at what they have planned if you go to Paris for a longer time.

Above you can see the three books I bought at Shakespeare & Co.: Ariel by Sylvia Plath, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (opened to show the stamped title page) and The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

I love going to bookstores in any city I visit. It’s probably not good for my wallet, but a book makes for a wonderful souvenir.

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