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La Boîte à Musique is situated near the Palace of Fine Arts, with good reason. The presence of culture cannot be denied here, but the definition of culture is rather restrictive: you will only find classical music. This shop is run by the de Wouters d'Oplinter family, son Bertrand is in charge of the small record label Pavane, specializing in classical music. The shop's collection is very large and prices are very reasonable.
Taschen is a bookstore on Rue Lebeau. This charming shop has a wide selection of books which includes classics, new releases and more. They also have a varied genre of paperbacks such as art, architecture, photography, music, films and collector's edition.
This shop is inspired by the great Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten, who has always had a soft spot for architecture. In his famous book Brüsel, he designed a magical timeless city (inspired by Brussels, of course), on which the iron interior of this magical comic shop and gallery is based. For just Belgian comics, go to any major bookstore, but here you'll find the rarities - and an impressive collection of statuettes and gadgets, and not just Tintin. The gallery is on the first floor, and visitors are in for a real treat.
Waterstone's was the first English-only bookstore in Brussels. It sells a large selection of magazines and newspapers from the United States and United Kingdom. The first floor is filled with cookbooks, novels, maps and a very extensive selection of travel and tourism books representing many different places throughout the world. They also have a book called Hints for Living in Belgium by the North American Woman's Club.
This nice book shop offers an enormous selection of children's books in French. The shop is near Woluwe Shopping Center and is therefore easy to reach. There is a reading corner and a playcorner where children can take a look at the books. There are coloring books, fairy tales and much more for your reading pleasure.