Where? Brussels, Belgium
Recommended by Christel Vandenbosch
Visited: August 2008
(Read more on Librairie Filigranes in our Report from Brussels)
The first thing you should know about Filigranes is that the subtitle of their logo 365->365 actually has a meaning (probably not that hard to guess). Yes, this bookstore (considered by many to be the best bookstore in Brussels) is never closed.
Filigranes is a primarily French language bookstore, but it also has a smaller English language section. The whole upper floor is dedicated to solely books in French - an what an impressive selection that is. The English section is located right, upon entering then down the stairs into something that used to be a vault. And although it's size is not that promising (the whole store occupies an impressive 1700 square meters...) the selection is very decent to say at least. Especially the fiction section goes well beyond the usual offer of bestsellers and recent releases.
One more interesting fact - the basement, where the English section is stored, originally used to serve as a safe room of a bank and the bars and the bulletproof orange door are still there. So we can conclude that Filigranes is most serious about protecting its English language section. Hmm... Maybe we'll do a Top 5 category one day - the safest bookstores, or the best protected bookstores - we shall see...
Av. des Arts 39-40
Phone and Email:
+32(0)2 511 90 15 or +32(0)2 502 24 68
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