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Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore

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The Literary Left Bank

Tucked away in a modest storefront, Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore is an English-language second-hand literature lover’s Eden. Though not the same bookstore frequented by famous authors like James Joyce, Ernest Hemmingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, this little shop, located next to Notre Dame Cathedral, has become an important fixture in Parisian culture. Visitors should note that it’s better to go without a specific purchase in mind since part of the allure is in casually discovering some obscure gem. The multi-floor stacks could easily occupy an afternoon, offering plenty of material to browse. Take the book purchase to one of the benches lining the Seine’s Left Bank for a read – weather permitting of course.

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