Shakespeare & Company

    Tucked away on the Left Bank’s Rue de la Bûcherie just across the Seine from Notre-Dame, Shakespeare and Company offers a unique haven for bibliophiles steeped in rich literary history. Founded in 1951 under the name Le Mistral by American expatriate George Whitman, the premises served as a hub for bohemians both local and foreign, most famously to the writers of the Beat Generation. The store was renamed in 1964 to honor the original bookseller Shakespeare and Company, a popular hangout for Lost Generation writers in the 1920s that shut its doors with the outbreak of World War II. The current iteration, run by Whitman’s daughter, features a compact but well-curated bookstore on the main level with a library and reading room upstairs, with rare and antique editions occupying their own special place next door to the main shop. The inventory, which is entirely English-language based, includes both classics and newer names with an eye for aesthetic volumes. Since the advent of e-books the shop’s buyers prefer to select stock that is both substantive and attractive. Even so, Shakespeare and Company is not just a bookstore – it is a community that promotes good literature and fosters up-and-coming talent through workshops and weekly readings.Show lessRead more

    37, rue de la Bûcherie , Paris


    Books & Music


    Public Transport
    M4, RER B, RER C (Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame)
    M10 (Cluny - La Sorbonne)

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