Paris Attraction – Shakespeare & Company

My travel tip of the week is one of Europe’s most visited stops in one of Europe’s most visited cities – The Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris.

This one was on the very top of my must-visit Paris attractions. I’d seen photos and read about it, now I wanted to get my own “Shakespeare & Company – Kilometre Zero Paris” stamped paperback.

This landmark English bookstore in Paris is situated close to the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s one of those old school corner bookshops; with character to it, and more importantly it that distinct ‘book’ smell to it. There are books everywhere – in boxes and crates in front of the store, in lopsided shelves, and in wobbling piles all along the shop’s two floors.

The two levels each offer a different experience – downstairs you’ll find a range of books in new prints and upstairs along with couches and a bed, is a collection of second hand copies, and it is here that you’ll find some fantastic rare reads.

In addition, if you find yourself in the city be sure to check the shop’s events calendar for workshops, literary events and festivals; these include free readings and weekend writing workshops.

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