Books, Random

Bookshop-seeing in Ghent

Every once in a while I force myself to go somewhere I haven’t been before. (Otherwise I would spend all of my week-ends at home, reading..)
This saturday I decided to go to Ghent, only 30 minutes away by train.
I used to study there, five years ago.. Well, I was supposed to study but I didn’t, not really. That’s a story for another time ;).

Ghent is a university city, which means a lot of young people and some really good bookshops.
Weirdly enough I never once visited these bookshops while I studied there. I loved books back then but I didn’t love them the same way I do now. And I had all those courses, so no real time to read anyway..

The first bookshop I went to on Saturday is called ‘Paard van Troje’ (or Trojan Horse).
It’s a bookshop and café in one.

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You enter through the café and find the adult fiction on the right. Both in English and Dutch.

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The store is incredibly clean and they put a lot of care into their selection.
They have the most amazing covers, I wanted to buy all of them but managed to pick just one. (Burial Rites by Hannah Kent)

They also have the best children’s section I’ve seen in a long time.
Guess which story this is about..

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So cute!
On the way out, you pay at the bar where you can find lots of smaller, present-type books and book accessories.

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I wish I could live here… It’s my favourite bookshop so far!

They also won ‘The best bookseller’ award and I do understand why.
This shop is simply amazing!!

More of my Ghent-bookshop-adventure next time. 😉
I’ve got another bookshop to show you but it wouldn’t fit into one post..

Love

Ellen

Paard van Troje
Kouter 113
9000 Gent
http://www.paardvantroje.be

 

 

 

 

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