My travel tip of the week is one of Europeâ€™s most visited stops in one of Europeâ€™s most visited cities â€“ The Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris.
This one was on the very top of my must-visit Paris attractions. Iâ€™d seen photos and read about it, now I wanted to get my own â€œShakespeare & Company – Kilometre Zero Parisâ€ 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 â€˜bookâ€™ smell to it. There are books everywhere â€“ in boxes and crates in front of the store, in lopsided shelves, and in wobbling piles all along the shopâ€™s two floors.
The two levels each offer a different experience â€“ downstairs youâ€™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 youâ€™ll find some fantastic rare reads.
In addition, if you find yourself in the city be sure to check the shopâ€™s events calendar for workshops, literary events and festivals; these include free readings and weekend writing workshops.
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