Oct 18th, 2015, 03:12 PM

Shakespeare and Company Opens a (Juicy) New Café

By Yudanta Bramble
Image credit: Yudanta Bramble
Enjoy freshly-pressed organic juices and baked goods while gazing at Notre Dame

When in Paris, most visitors make it their objective to visit Shakespeare and Company, the fabled intellectual haunt of American expat writers like Henry Miller, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. While this may not be news to many of you, what you might not know is that the (mostly) English language bookstore in the fifth arrondissement is now home to an adjoining literary cafe of the same name. 

The cafe, which just opened this Monday, October 12th, is run in conjunction with New Yorker Marc Grossman, who Parisians will better know as the founder of the ever popular Bob’s Juice Bars and Bake Shop. This means that you can now gaze at Notre Dame between the pages of your newly purchased book while sipping on freshly-pressed organic juices or a premium selection of hot beverages. We would expect nothing less from the institution that started the juice and smoothie fever among health-conscious and trendy Parisians alike.

But that’s not all that’s on offer, lest you should forget you’re in a bookshop café, they have a few literary twists on their treats—like the Shakespeare Shake, the Flapjack Kerouac, and The Bun Also Rises to name a few—and picnic baskets filled with cheese, wine, short stories and a blanket to take away for the classic picnic on the Seine.

The bookstore continues to be active in the Parisian literary community by hosting all manner of events and book readings. In an interview with local food blog Paris By Mouth, owner Sylvia Whitman said that cafe will also provide new ways to interact with writers. It will be interesting to see what this dream collaboration will bring in the future. 

Where37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
When: Every day, 10am to 11pm