This is the third in an exclusive series of illustrated “Parisians in Profile” about Parisians from all walks of life, created by journalist Emma Jacobs. Here we feature Octavia Horgan, a bookseller at the iconic Shakespeare & Company bookstore near Notre Dame cathedral. A beloved cultural institution and pilgrimage spot, Shakespeare & Company is still known to let young writers, known as “Tumbleweeds”, sleep overnight in the shop. Just next to this famous independent bookstore, the new café has become a popular spot for coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juices, as well as organic (mostly vegetarian) food. Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris.
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