Where? Brussels, Belgium
Visited: August 2008
(Read more on Waterstone's in our Report from Brussels)
Waterstone's was the first English language bookstore in Brussels. It spreads on two floors and it stocks a large variety of books falling into all sorts of categories - typical for well-stocked bookstores. The first floor is home mainly for fiction, sorted by the authors from A to Z. Furthermore, there is a large selection of magazines and newspapers from the United Kingdom and the United States. Non-fiction can be found on the second floor - religion, politics, sports, economics, art, etc. - as well as a wide range of ELT materials. When it comes to prices, Waterstone's is not much different from other bookstores in Brussels selling new books. However, it is important to mention the "3 for the price of 2" offer, which they had at the time of our visit on many of their fiction titles.
Our overall impression of Waterstone's is actually quite positive - it seemed livelier than most of the specialized English bookstores we've seen in Belgium, France or Spain, but not too crowded, the selection of books was great and the atmosphere of the place wasn't unpleasant at all. We still prefer independent bookstores, but we absolutely agree that having a bookstore like this in any part of continental Europe is a great advantage and a great source of English books for the locals.
Waterstone's - 'the English Bookshop' - can be found just on the outskirts of Brussels center. Waterstone's is one of the leading booksellers in the United Kingdom and it's been operating for over 25 years - with over 300 stores in the UK, Ireland, Holland and of course, Belgium.
Boulevard Adolphe Max 71-75
Phone and Email:
+322 219 2708
Back to the list of bookstores in Brussels