A little update to this post – La Librairie de Rome has since closed.
On a raining Sunday like yesterday, I love the idea of curling up with a good cup of coffee and a fat Sunday newspaper with all those weekend supplements. Unfortunately I don’t get the New York Times delivered to my door, but I have found a few of places around town to buy English-language newspapers on Sundays.
Waterstone’s downtown (5 mins walk from De Brouckère metro stop) is the best know and largest English language bookshop in Brussels. It has a good selection of newspapers and a huge choice of British/American magazines. They are open from 9 to 7pm during the week (including Saturday) and from 10:30 to 6pm on Sunday. There isn’t much else in the area so it’s best to get your paper and head elsewhere for a coffee or breakfast.
71-75 Boulevard Adolphe Max
Tel: +32 2 219 27 08
La Librairie de Rome is located on a quiet pedestrian street off Avenue Louise and is open everyday from 8:30 to 7pm. They probably have one of the best choices of English-language and international newspapers. This place has been open for 365 days a year since it opened in 1934 – quite impressive for a country where most things are closed on Sundays and holidays. If you’re hungry, MacSweeney’s Irish pub on the corner serves a full breakfast.
16 Rue Jean Stas
Tel: +32 2 511 79 37
Another option in Ixelles is Librairie Louis d’Or on Rue du Bailli. A bit more limited in selection, this is still a handy spot if you live in the area or are heading to one of the cafes/restaurants on Bailli or Chatelain. They are open from 9 to 1pm on Sunday.
Rue du Bailli, 54
Tel: +32 2 640 64 32
Primarily a French language bookstore, Librairie Filigranes has a small English language section including newspapers. Located between Arts-Loi and Trone metro stops, they are open from 10 to 7pm on Sunday and holidays. There is also a small café in the store where you can have a cup of tea or coffee.
39-40 Avenue des Arts
Tel: +32 2 511 90 15
Good luck with next week’s crossword puzzle.
Images via Waterstone’s, La Librairie de Rome, Librairie Louis d’Or and My Best Address Book.