Shakespeare & Company
Square René Viviani
Opened in 1928 on the site of the former graveyard of adjoining church Église St-Julien-le-Pauvre, this picturesque little park is home...
Arguably the most English of the ‘English’ tearooms in Paris, this institution, founded in 1928, is a fine place to break for light...
Shakespeare & Company Café
Instant history was made when this light-filled, literary-inspired cafe opened in 2015 adjacent to magical bookshop Shakespeare &...
37 rue de la Bûcherie, 5e · interesting places nearby
Shakespeare & Company information
Shakespeare's enchanting nooks and crannies overflow with new and secondhand English-language books. The original shop (12 rue l’Odéon, 6e; closed by the Nazis in 1941) was run by Sylvia Beach and became the meeting point for Hemingway’s ‘Lost Generation’. Readings by emerging and illustrious authors take place at 7pm most Mondays. There's a wonderful cafe and various workshops and festivals.
The bookshop is fabled for nurturing writers, and at night its couches turn into beds where writers stay in exchange for stacking shelves.
American-born George Whitman opened the present incarnation in 1951, attracting a beat-poet clientele, and scores of authors have since passed through its doors. In 2006 Whitman was awarded the Officier des Arts et Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, recognising his ‘significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance’. Whitman died in 2011, aged 98; he is buried in division 73 of Cimetière du Père Lachaise. Today his daughter, Sylvia Beach Whitman, maintains Shakespeare & Company’s serendipitous magic.