The legendary Shakespeare and Company bookshop has opened a cafe last mid-october (2015)
It’s located at the corner of rue de la Bucherie and rue St Julien le Pauvre, next-door to Shakespeare and Company bookshop, with a view over Notre Dame. Link to Shakespeare and Company bookstore article
History : George Whitman wanted a literary cafe next to his bookstore, many decades ago.
“I’ve got to get back the upstairs, and I’m going to open a literary café. Everything will be cooked under my supervision. There’s only one way to make a good lemon pie, you know.” — George Whitman, 1969.
Sylvia Whitman, George Whitman’s daughter, wanted to honor her father’s wishes and she made the George Whitman’s drawings a reality. The adjacent (vacant) property which used to be a stationery shop has been empty for over twenty years and so was officially available.
In October 2015, the café opened, next door to the antiquarian section of the bookshop.
The retro 70s floor tiles and the old stone walls have been preserved. Inside, some countertop seats, a few tables and chairs and more seating outside on benches.
Inside the cafe
Not any coffee, nor any tea... but high standards. Delicious
The Shakespeare and Company cafe serve soups of the day,pies, hand-rolled bagels, finger sandwiches, baked goods, vegan and gluten-free dishes , cookies (peanut butter cookies, chocolate cookies, dark chocolate matcha cookies), brownies, lemon tarts, scones, pressed juices, smoothies of the day, coffee, tea…
They offer literary themed products too, such as : a special “Shakespeare Shake” ( = the smoothie of the day), the “Flapjack Kerouac”, the “Bun also rises”, the “Lunchpack of Notre Dame” (picnic baskets filled with wine to take away for some Seine-side dining) !!!!
A version of the legendary Proust questionnaire on each placemat lining every tray. (30 questions on your placemat)
The cafe is working with some great suppliers :
The food is supplied by Bob’s kitchen : organic, and largely vegetarian food. Bob’s kitchen is run by Marc Grossman, an American born and raised in Manhattan. It’s also a restaurant located in the 3d arrondissement of Paris.
The coffee is supplied by the Parisan roaster Café Lomi. Cafe Lomi is also a cafe located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris
The tea is supplied by London Postcard Tea, a London-based company featuring popular and rare teas.
My advice :
Really gorgeous. everytime I go to Shakespeare and Company cafe, I enjoy the atmosphere and a top quality products : coffee, tea…Gorgeous cookies… etc
If you find yourself browsing at Shakespeare and Company next door,
If you visit the Latin Quarter,
If you’ve got some free time and nothing special to do,
……………………………………………………………………………………….. , visit the Shakespeare and Company café !!
Shakespeare and Company : 37 rue de la Bûcherie – Paris 5 – Metro stop Saint Michel Monday to Friday 10 to 18h30 Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 19.30
London Postcard : http://www.postcardteas.com/site/
Café Lomi : 3 ter Rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris, France Monday to Sunday : 10 am to 7 pm
Bob’s kitchen : Several places 74 rue des Gravilliers – Paris 3 – Metro Stop : arts et Métiers The restaurant serves breakfast, vegetarian and vegetalian meals and snacks, Monday to Friday : 8am to 3 pm Saturday and sunday : 8am to 4 pm TEL. 09.52.55.11.66
Also : Bob’s juice bar – 15 rue Lucien Sampaix – Paris 10 Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 3 pm Saturday 8.30am to 4pm TEL. 09.50.06.36.18
And Bob’s Bake Shop – Halle Pajol – 12 esplanade Nathalie Sarraute – Paris 18 – Everyday 8am to 4pm – TEL. 09.84.46.25.26