If you’re relatively young, an active or aspiring writer, and deemed unannoying slash unlikely to be an ax murderer, you can sleep (and shower) in this famous bookstore -- for free! In exchange, you help open and close the store each day, plus a two-hour shift reshelving books. It’s a historic spot with an extremely central locale -- by central I mean an above-average frisbee thrower could probably hit the Notre Dame from one of the second-floor windows. More than 30,000 Tumbleweeds have passed through the shop over the decades, including all your favorite Beat Generation writers.
Here’s how it works: Walk in and say you’re interested in Tumbleweeding (it’s an English-language bookstore, so everyone working there will speak English) and ask for Sylvia, the owner. You can’t make a reservation, so if it’s full you just have to come back the next morning and try again; there’s only room for maybe half a dozen people at a time. This means two cots (on which customers will sit and read during the day), another one tucked into a sort of hidey-hole loft area, and floor space which you are welcome to pad with cushions from various benches. There’s also a studio above the store with an actual bed -- do not ask for this. If you stay for some weeks and prove yourself worthy, it might be offered to you, at which time you may graciously accept.