This quirky bookstore, which seems to be so very French, was opened in Paris in 1951 — by an American, George Whitman. Although it’s a legitimate commercial concern and sells new and secondhand books it’s also a sort of literary drop-in centre and houses a free reading library.

It also provides free accommodation to artists and writers in exchange for them helping out in the store.

Take a quick tour.

Isn’t that a fantastic place? I could spend days (weeks) in there.

Not only is it a fascinating place, it’s also where generations of well-known writers have lived, worked read, dreamed, discussed, argued and more.

HOW TO FIND SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY

Shakespeare and Company

37 Rue de la Bûcherie,
75005 Paris,
France

A sign over an interior door reads:

Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers Lest They Be Angels in Disguise

 

ARTICLE BY:

Jackie

Jackie

JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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