Hot off the press

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
1000 Brussels
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
1060 Brussels
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
1050 Brussels
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
1040 Brussels
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.

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2 thoughts on “Hot off the press

  1. Since the end of August, we sell coffee from Illy in our shop. And we even have hame-made pastries!

  2. Jane says:

    Thanks for sharing the update Waterstone’s! Glad to hear you now have coffee in the store!

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