Scroll down to leaf through the books of celebrated bookshop Shakespeare and Company and discover the charms of the Left Bank.
Intellectual musing, philosophical debating and posing nonchalantly are all activities that characterise the Parisian bookshop Shakespeare and Company. This institution holds a dear place in many an anglophile’s heart and isn’t quite replicated anywhere else in the world.
It all started when Sylvia Beach opened the first store in 1919 on rue du Dupuytren, to provide English books to the expats and Parisians alike. She welcomed the likes of Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce among the bookshelves and opened up a new literary world in Paris.
The original location closed under German occupation, despite Hemingway’s widely reported attempts to liberate the store.
Today it’s a quiet haven on the Left Bank, full of English books alongside a space for artists and readers alike to contemplate and a perfectly positioned bench for people-watching outside. There’s also a piano hidden under the beams of the bookshop waiting for keen pianists to give it a whirl. If you're more of a listener than a player, head over to the Pont Saint-Louis and you're sure to find some music behind the garden of Notre Dame de Paris.