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Ptyx bookstore is probably one of the most pinned spots in Brussels, if you exclude the Grand Place of course! And with good reason: just take a look at the pictures below and tell me you’ve not fallen for its beautiful facade that pays hommage to some of the most famous authors of all times. Even before you walk in, you know that this place is special and definitely amongst the best bookstores in Brussels.

Ptyx opened its doors in September 2012 on Rue Lesbroussart, just a short walk from Place Flagey and very close to some of my favourite foodie spots, like AMI, Umamido and Les Super Filles du Tram. The space reflects the owner’s love for good literature and has his personal touch. No, this is not your typical cold, boring bookstore! The ceilings are covered with the faces and names of prominent writers and books are carefully sorted into sections to make sure you’ll find exactly what you need and please even the most demanding readers. If you’re into human sciences, fiction or comic books, this is the place for you. The children’s books selection is pretty good too, a close second to the one available at Tropismes. I always check out the owner’s picks which include a brief handwritten summary on the cover – a nice touch that you can only find in such small and well thought-out spots. 

If you’re not sure which books you should buy, feel free to ask the staff – they always give great advice and are willing to suggest new titles based on your preferences. Ptyx also organizes various events from time to time, so keep an eye on their website if you’re passionate about literature. Happy reading!

Address: Rue Lesbroussart 39, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 6480310

*UPDATE: Unfortunately, Ptyx is now closed.*ptyx_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_01 ptyx_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_02 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ptyx_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_06 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ptyx_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_08 ptyx_brussels_smarksthespots_blog_09

Sandy (@smarksthespots)