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At first glance, Shakespeare and Company is nothing more than another English bookstore. But just a few steps inside the door, you start to see why the storefront is just as much a museum as it is a legendary bookshop. Between the books stacked to the ceiling, there are notes, announcements and fliers left from visitors all over the world. Since 1919, the name Shakespeare and Company has been a refuge to writers. The original bookstore was the stomping grounds of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce and others. Today, writers from all over the world come to share their work. Unknown writers have a place here, too; Shakespeare and Company lends sleeping space in exchange for a couple of hours of work in the store.
La Ferme Saint-Aubin is a fromagerie with much more than just sumptuous cheese on offer. You can also buy tender, savory sausages, hams, flavorful sauces and different kinds of yogurt along with the cheese. The peppery chette au poivre or the amazingly soft goat cheese is highly recommended. The prices are a steal for the high quality of the delicacies. Certainly a place you should try if you are exploring the area.
The tiny pastry shop Pain de Sucre has become one of the most renowned in all of Paris, and certainly one that sets the pace for others, with its original take on classic pastries and its emphasis on candy. For instance, in addition to all kinds of bite-size macrons, they also offer unexpected marshmallows (guimauves) in flavors such as rose water or saffron/pepper, and bitter chocolate lollipops. Needless to say, everything is freshly made on the premises by Didier Mathray and Nathalie Robert. A selection of breads is also available.
Adding a dose of Parisien charm to the mundane loafer, Bobbies Paris has gained a reputation for creating some colorful and eye-catching footwear for both men and women. Sandals, boots and flat ballets fill the shelves, each one designed by hand in Portugal. Drop by and renew your love for shoes at this cozy shop.