Brussels is full of bookshops and has a real passion for literature. This is because it has always been an attractive destination for famous writers and poets!
Did you know that in the 19th century, Brussels was the refuge of authors such as Alexandre Dumas, the Brontë sisters, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud?
To this day, it remains an inexhaustible source of literary inspiration for many authors.
No wonder the city is overflowing with large, small, generalist and even specialist bookshops to browse. Let yourself be swept away by the magic of Brussels' 10 most beautiful bookshops, each of them warm, welcoming and unique in their own way. Most of the bookshops in our selection are French-language bookshops.
Nestled in the Royal Saint-Hubert galleries, Tropismes should be visited first and foremost for its beauty. It is housed in a historical setting, with gigantic mirrors and a magnificent mezzanine. For lovers of fine books, this sumptuous bookshop focuses on human sciences, great classics and fine arts. It also offers a rich selection for youths and comics for youngsters.
Galerie des Princes, 11 - 1000 Brussels
Le Wolf is a favourite with parents. This temple of children's literature is entirely designed with youngsters in mind. In its original and luminous setting, children choose their future favourite stories. Don't forget to visit Freddy the sleeping wolf upstairs. Le Wolf also organises courses, workshops and storytelling readings. It's an unmissable address for all book lovers.
Rue de la Violette, 18-20 - 1000 Brussels
Galerie Bortier is a charming destination for bookshop owners and second-hand booksellers. This covered passage (with its magnificent glass roof) houses the Pierre Coumans bookshop, with its old books and works that are full of soul. It's the ideal place to spend hours searching for that rare gem. A short detour to the Crypt Tonique bookshop will give you an insight into the most advanced aspects of images (literary, mental or plastic).
Galerie Bortier, rue de la Madeleine, 1000 Brussels
Bozar Bookshop by Walther König
BOZAR has entrusted its bookshop to Walther König, Europe's leading art bookshop and an important art book publisher. As such it has amassed an international and specialised range of publications dedicated to art, architecture, photography and design. BOZAR Bookshop fits perfectly with the Art Deco architecture that Victor Horta designed for this Palace of Fine Arts.
Rue Ravenstein, 23 - 1000 Brussels
On the charming place Brugmann you will find Candide, which has been a reference for many decades. A fine selection of travel and cookery books, a delightful children's corner and an eclectic selection of novels. And for the epicureans among you, why not devour your chosen book on the heated terrace of the Voltaire café located just next door?
Place Brugmann, 1-2 - 1050 Brussels
The pretty Peinture Fraîche bookshop is nestled away in the heart of the Bailli neighbourhood. With its magnificent Art Nouveau-inspired wood-panel window, Peinture Fraîche doesn't offer literature, but a fine selection of art, architecture, illustration, photo and design books.
Worth noting: a splendid section on Japan and its culture.
Rue du Tabellion 10 - 1050 Brussels
Cook & Book
Cook and Book is an original concept that combines bookshop and restaurant, with 9 different universes spread over two spaces. Block A houses the comics, youth, travel, fine arts and music sections. Block B is reserved for the Art of Living, Literature, Cooking and English books sections. It also offers delicious Sunday brunches in Block B, making it a wonderful spot for families.
Place du Temps Libre, 1 - 1200 Brussels
Filigranes is one of the most dynamic bookshops in the centre of Brussels. It constantly offers meetings with authors, workshops and conferences. Filigranes has - among other things - a very large comic book section. The added bonus? A pleasant area to take a break and have a drink awaits you in the heart of this huge bookshop. You can also find Filigranes bookshops at 21 avenue Lepoutre in Ixelles and 10 parvis Saint-Pierre in Uccle.
Avenue des Arts, 39-42 - 1040 Brussels
Passa Porta Bookshop
Passa Porta Bookshop is the best multilingual bookshop in the capital. Housed in Passa Porta - the international house of literature in Brussels - it offers, under its beautiful well of light, a quality selection of novels, poems, essays and books for children.
Rue Antoine Dansaert, 46 - 1000 Brussels
Sterling Books is an independent bookshop dedicated to English-language books. The staff has carefully chosen each book to offer you a fine sample of novels, classics, children's books, biographies, magazines, comic strips and more. It's an unmissable spot in the heart of Brussels.
Rue Fossé aux Loups, 23 - 1000 Brussels