Every week our writers will tell you their favourite place in the world. This week, travel editor Polly Grice describes her favourite bookshop in Paris

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Just across the river from the Notre Dame, the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore has become a Parisian tourist attraction in its own right. It’s so much more than just a bookstore, running workshops for aspiring writers, events for children and even philosophy lectures.

The store specialises in rare and first edition books, but it’s the variety of what’s on offer that really sets Shakespeare and Co apart. It stocks everything from trashy paperbacks to children’s books but the real beauty of the building is the incredible atmosphere which will make you want to stay and browse for hours on end and forget all about the Notre Dame over the river.