Brussels Bookshops

There are some truly magical bookshops in Brussels, you just have to know where to look. That's why the I Love Belgium team selected a few bookshops which, next to a selection of great books, offer an unique setting. This ranges from 100-year old monumental spaces till small, well-organized newbies. Get ready to shop, cause here's the list!I LOVE BELGIUM

1. Let's start in the centre of the city with Bookshop Tropismes. This booskshop is, since 1984, located in one of Brussels most beautiful places: The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. This glazed shopping arcade, constructed in 1847, was once home to the famous sixties jazzclub Blue Note. When it closed it's doors, the majestic mirrored dance hall was filled with the most beautiful books.  The shop is internationally renowned for it's French literature, human science and fine arts section.

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2. Just around the corner you have another 20th century gallery devoted to small bookshops. The Bortier Gallery was constructed in 1847 and opened the following year. Here you are guided through the gallery by the smell of old books. If you like bargain hunting, then you must take a literary pause in this calm and quiet gallery.

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3. After walking 10 minutes you arrive at the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art. This museum is housed in a magnificent Art Nouveau temple by Belgians most famous architect: Victor Horta. We're not here to visit the exhibition, but to take a stroll in the lovely bookshop! Slumberland is the reference for comic bookshops, since 1989 they've opened six shops throughout Brussels. We have to confess, the one in the BCCSA, is the only one housed in a real masterpiece. If you're with kids, it's the perfect place. While they are flipping through a TinTin comic, you can gaze at the amazing art-nouveau curls!

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4. We move uptown, towards the fancy Sablon area. Here we find the Taschen bookshop. Over the last 20 years, Taschen became a household name in the world of art books. Brussels was one of the first European cities to be dazzled with the golden interior of Philippe Starck! Follow them on Facebook as they sometimes announce in-store fabric sales! Hey, we're living in hard economic times.

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5. Our next stop is the posh neighbourhood of  Place Brugmann. Here you'll find one of the most compact bookshops of Brussels: Candide. Recently redone by architects Lhoas and Lhoas, the once small labyrinthine dark booshop is converted into a clear, warm, modern and functional space. Rough wooden element contrast with thin, slick, clean bright-yellow lackered metal. The best part? It's open 7/7!

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6. Of course we need to mention Cook & Book. A booskshop the size of a supermarket, smartly divided in 8 spaces and a music section. Each with its own atmosphere and matching lunch/dinner space. Cook & Book offers a fresh approach to books, mingling the cultural and the convivial… Yes, we already wrote an article about them, read the full story here!

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7. We end in beauty with Copyright. Although not located in Brussels, the have a shop in Antwerp and Ghent, we couldn't leave this bookshop out! Known for their well-selected Art & Architecture books, Copyright is the destination place for young or established designers, artists, architects and stylists! The minimalist black and white interiors are provided by renowned interior architect Vincent Van Duysen. So rent yourself a car and have a look!

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