Back to school

I’ve always loved paper and art supplies. My favorite thing about school as a kid was shopping for the materials – nothing was better than a new notebook and a big box of Crayola crayons. These warm autumn days remind me of school supplies and that great line in the movie You’ve Got Mail (don’t make fun) when Tom Hanks writes about sending a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils 🙂

Nowadays I still like wandering around an art supply or stationery store, wishing I had a reason to buy more paper and a glue gun. Here are some of the best places I’ve found in Brussels to buy anything from paint brushes to greeting cards to craft supplies.

Founded in 1892 as a picture framing shop, Schleiper tops the list. The store on Chaussee de Charleroi has an amazing assortment of art supplies and paper on 3 floors and very knowledgeable staff. They have recently opened a second location near Place Jourdan that is more focused on craft supplies and offers classes. They of course still offer picture framing. Both stores are fun to wander around for inspiration even if you’re not buying.

149 Chaussée de Charleroi , 1060 Saint-Gilles
Tel: +32 2 541 0532
Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30-6:30pm

Papeterie du Parc Leopold is a great office supply store located in the EU district. Run by the same family for 75 years, they carry all sorts of fancy pens and agendas, and anything you might need for work, as well as cards and wrapping paper. A bit pricy but friendly and helpful service.

177 Rue Belliard, 1040 Etterbeek
Tel: +32 02 230 69 12
Open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm

Papeterie Anglaise is a sweet little shop on Avenue Louise and is the best place in Brussels to find English language greeting cards. At the same address since it opened in 1877, the store also has a very good collection of stationary and agendas, and offers invitation printing as well. Ironically their website is only in French.

92a Avenue Louise, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 512 18 71
Open Monday to Friday, 9:30-1pm and 2-6pm, Saturday 10-1pm and 2-6pm

Nias, located just off Place Stephanie, is another good office supply store. Also in existence since the mid-19th century, they carry all sorts of office and school supplies, including loose paper, pens, agendas and more. This is less of a specialty shop and thus the prices are a bit better.

4 Chaussée de Charleroi, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Tel: +32 2 544 19 53
Open Monday to Saturday, 9:45-6:15pm

If you’re looking for something simple, you can always go to one of the 11 Club stores around Brussels, which sell basic office supplies alongside French-language books.  

Images via Le rose et le noir, Papeterie du Parc Leopold and Papeterie Anglaise.

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6 thoughts on “Back to school

  1. Alison says:

    I love stationary stores as well. I actually used to manage a greeting card shop and I’m still in love with paper products. Schlieper is like my second home when I’m preparing for an art show and I keep meaning to post about it. You beat me to it! 🙂

  2. Malinda says:

    There is a store called Ava with lots of craft supplies, etc–it is in Waterloo area.

  3. Joy Atkinson says:

    Ava has outlets all over, Waterloo, Overijse and more. Check out for your nearest one.
    Also the British store, Stone Manor, in Everberg and Waterloo has a great selection of English language books, greeting cards and games.

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