A number of people asked me to visit this famous bookstore. And so I stumbled along looking for it. After asking a few people around me, I finally saw the beautiful store. Situated on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame, it’s a treat for eyes.
Let me tell you something, Shakespeare and Company is one of the few English-language bookshops in the city (so yeay!) and no that’s not why it’s famous. It’s an iconic tourist landmark, known as a great gathering place for the expat writers of the time—Joyce, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound—as well as for leading French writers. That’s what makes it historical.
Apart from it being an amazing bookstore, they also organise events and host a travel writing festival, lit fest, writing groups, photography workshops, and readings. In fact, if you are an aspiring writer, Shakespeare and Company let’s you stay amongst the books for free in exchange for volunteering at the store. (They have beds upstairs tucked with the books)
We hear Hemingway took up on that offer and has signed some kind words in one of his books in the store.
Make sure to stop-by this beautiful bookstore, enjoy the view with a book and some dessert.