Shakespeare and Company Bookstore & Café, Paris

Shakespeare And Company – The Paris Bookstore Frequented By Important 20th Century Writers #Paris #ParisTips #Bookstores #BookshopsShakespeare and Company – The Famous Latin Quarter Bookshop in ParisThe ONE Bookshop and Café You MUST Visit While in Paris!!

Shakespeare and Company bookstore is one of the most recognizable bookstores in the world. Sitting directly across from the Seine River, a stone’s throw away from the Notre Dame, the bookstore occupies a charming historical early 17th-century building on the left bank of Paris.

In the age of Amazon, it’s quite a miracle that this celebrated English-language bookstore still stands in such a desirable Paris location.

Shakespeare and Company History

Like so many other jaunts in Paris, the bookstore opened during Paris’ golden Jazz age – the 1920s. An American expat named Sylvia Beach was its founder. Her store quickly became a hotspot for Lost Generation writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

While the store was forced to shutter during the Nazi occupation of Paris, another American named George Whitman brought it back to life in 1951, just in time to welcome the Beat Generation.

Over the years, Whitman expanded the shop until his death in 2011. Today, the store is run by his daughter, Sylvia Whitman who carries on the vision of her father. A coffee shop opened next door in 2015 – a longtime wish of Whitman’s.

While photos of the bookshop are not allowed, you can see my visit to the coffee shop in the photos below. You’ll just have to visit the bookstore yourself to get a glimpse of the rustic Parisian interior!

Shakespeare And Company Bookstore, Paris

Shakespeare And Company Bookstore, Paris

Coffee at the Shakespeare And Company Café, Paris

Shakespeare And Company Café, Paris

Coffee at the Shakespeare And Company Café, Paris

Shakespeare And Company Café, Paris
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Shakespeare and Company
37 Rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris

December 07, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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