SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY
This bookshop is a respected Parisian institution. The first English bookshop in Paris, it is immensely popular and a great resource for English language books of all kinds, including children’s. The old fashioned facade leads into a bohemian librairie, utterly charming and engrossing if a tad chaotic, but that’s all part of the appeal. Kids can snake their way to the back of the shop where they can pursue the selection in the delightful children’s section. Creative types can follow the creaky wooden floors to climb the spiral staircase up to the cosy nook to enjoy some poetry. With a rich literacy heritage the shop is a hub for writers and poets who gather for workshops and events organised by the store, adding to the store’s allure and attracting literary royalty from across Paris and beyond.. The events include English readings for children so check out the listings online for a good place to take a break and enjoy browsing and buying books. Set the kids down to a reading and relax into one of the cosy armchairs to read a book uninterrupted.
The cafe is a welcome addition and proving popular with those looking for a quiet place to enjoy a drink and snack. The food on offer is predominately healthy, vegetarian and organic. Sitting at the outside tables in this pocket of St Germain feels authentically Parisian and is a soothing way to pass some time. If the weather is not so forgiving take a seat inside but on those warm summer afternoons, stock up on some books then park the family here to flip through them over coffee and cake or even full Brit style afternoon tea.
Photos : SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY c/o EDOUARD AUGUSTIN | KIREN | TOBIAS STAEBLER