Imagine a new-age literary tea room, hidden in a small cobbled lane a few steps from the quays with a view of Notre-Dame. The ideal break for a stroll along the Seine.

If we no longer present the wonderful and picturesque English bookstore Shakespeare & Co, we do not know that it is a gourmet annex. George Whitman, the former owner of Shakespeare and Co bookstore, had wanted to create a literary café (with “macrobiotic” food) in this space since the 1960s.

The space then housed a wholesale stationery store. The Café opened in 2015 and allows you to extend the Anglo-Saxon experience in healthy mode from breakfast to dinner…. With large old sash windows, which offer a panoramic view of Notre-Dame and the square of the Church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, the Café Shakespeare and Company is directly adjacent to the bookstore.

You can sit inside and outside to enjoy coffee from Café Lomi, tea from Postcard Teas London, squeezed fruit juices unless you prefer a veggie rice (kind of delicious california-rolls), a chia pudding, a cinnamon roll, a delicious avocado veggie bagel or a marbled cake. The ideal setting for coming to work or a quiet book during the day and the adorable heated pedestrian terrace with a sublime view, especially in spring when the cherry trees in front of the café are in bloom. Shakespeare and Co, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

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