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My Antwerp address book

My Antwerp address book



On account of my barista trainings I’ve spent quite some time in Antwerp these past couple of weeks. I’ve come to really appreciate the city’s down to earth atmosphere. This may be just a feeling I have, but people in Antwerp seem to be more sociable and open-minded. Probably because the population is so diverse and you encounter so many different cultures and styles walking through the streets.

Of course I made good use of my days there to explore and capture the city’s many coffee and foodie spots. Some new discoveries and some long time favorites, here’s my guide to Antwerp’s best addresses whether it’s for brunch, plant shopping or the best (square!) donuts you’ve ever tasted!

Momade Cupcakes

At Momade you’re sure to find your guilty pleasure fix. Enter this small cupcake shop and be overwhelmed by a gallery of cupcakes with 40 different flavors, from apple, honey and walnut to lime, passion fruit and pralinĂ©. #Treatyoself!
REYNDERSSTRAAT 37 | momadecupcakes.be

The Plant Corner

The prettiest green spot in town is located on the corner of Antwerp’s Isabellalei. Shop your way through a beautiful collection of houseplants and get the best advice on taking care of your new babies from Sofie, The Plant Corner’s passionate owner.
ISABELLALEI 144 | theplantcorner.com

Tinsel

Tinsel is a little gem of a coffee shop located in Antwerp South. The reason I’m calling it a gem is because you can actually taste the love they put into their plates, which are all beautifully presented as well. Try the Tinsel pancakes, vegan French toast or green eggs with spinach and feta cheese. Or check out their board for weekly breakfast and lunch specials. Pictured is the toast with goat’s cheese, grilled pear and walnuts which was absolutely scrumptious!
VLAAMSEKAAI 40 | tinsel.be

Mirlo’s

If you’re after a late breakfast, find yourself a seat at Mirlo’s. This small but charming place guarantees some serious Instagram-worthy latte art and serves up croissants, cornflakes, blueberry-banana pancakes and more all day long.
VERBONDSTRAAT 1 | mirlos.be
 

Kaffeenini

With its warm and colorful interior, Kaffeenini is the perfect spot for a cozy family brunch. A breakfast and bagel bar, and the little sister of Barnini, they offer a classic breakfast menu and a number of homemade bagels. If you go for a sweet afternoon break, you can take your pick from a selection of fresh cakes at the counter.
NATIONALESTRAAT 114A | kaffeenini.be

Nellie’s Coffee Bar

I love Nellie’s because they’re super friendly and the cappuccinos are amazing. Their ‘brekkie board’ lets you choose a smaller portion of two items on the menu, which is perfect for people like me who are always indecisive on what to order. Why only try the turkey sandwich when you can have the acai bowl as well, right?
OUDE VAARTPLAATS 35 | facebook.com/nelliescoffeebar

Hoeked Doughnuts

If you’re in need of a little sugar rush whilst shopping, Hoeked is only a few streets away from Antwerp Meir. This donut shop is very hyped but for a good reason. Doughnutier Joris bakes the square-shaped donuts (hoek loosely means square in Dutch) fresh every day and they are literally the best: buttery, sweet and with the most amazing fillings and toppings. I’d go back for the lemon glaze flavor any day!
OUDAAN 4 | hoekeddoughnuts.be
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Daisy bell

Daisy bell



Y'all know by know I have a thing for clothing with quirky prints. I admire ladies who can make simple basics work, but I feel utterly boring when my outfit doesn't include any kind of illustration, checkered or polka dot detail. Mixing prints however is always risky business since most of the time the result either playful or downright awful. This bicycles meet tartan look kind of happened by accident as I was trying on outfits for our little getaway to Mechelen, which you can read all about in my previous post!

 

I initially bought this Forever 21 top to layer with a pinafore dress I ordered at the same time. But as it usual goes with pinafores in my experience, the bottom part fit perfectly and the top part was way too long (and sadly not adjustable). Am I the only one with this small upper body/large hips problem? If you can recommend any brands, please do!

Coincidentally I had this lovely wool skirt from New Look that until recently I couldn't find anything to pair with and loved the green bicycles in combination with the deep rust color of the skirt. I wore it with yet another Mint&Berry bag that I'm obsessed with - seriously how perfectly vintage-inspired are their designs? I just couldn't resist.

 
 
OUTFIT DETAILS | Top: Forever21 - Skirt: New Look - Bag: Mint&Berry - Tights: H&M
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My tips for Mechelen (Antwerp)

My tips for Mechelen (Antwerp)



Instead of taking a trip abroad for our eight year anniversary, this year Rens and I decided to stay a little closer to home and spent a weekend exploring Mechelen, the second largest city in Antwerp. I'd previously fallen for its charm when I did my internship there nearly three years ago and I'd been wanting to go back ever since. With stunning architecture like the St. Rumbold's Cathedral, Mechelen is an interesting destination to spend a day or two. It's jam-packed with coffee shops and concept stores, but without all the hustle and bustle of uptown Antwerp. Just the way I like it! I've put together a little list of the places we loved and are definitely worth a visit!

Sister Bean

One of the best-known coffee bars in town, Sister Bean is located on Mechelen’s old fish market square. Sadly we were too late for breakfast and missed out on the blueberry pancakes, but my toast with goat’s cheese was very tasty as well. If you can, go sit upstairs where there’s a beautifully decorated seating area with large windows and a beamed ceiling.
VISMARKT 26 | sisterbean.be

Beans

On the Ijzerenleen you’ll find a small breakfast spot called Beans. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, this place has got you covered with buckwheat waffles, banana bread and overnight oats as well as wraps, salad bowls and lots of bagels to choose from. They have amazing scones too!
IJZERENLEEN 37 | beansbar.be

Kaffee-Ine

The award for Mechelen’s best cappuccinos goes to Kaffee-Ine. In this no nonsense espresso bar you sip your coffee seated in worn out second-hand sofas and can feast your eyes on walls decorated with large world maps and old coffee grinders.
ONZE-LIEVE-VROUWESTRAAT 6 | facebook.com/Kaffee-Ine-Mechelen

My Ex Boyfriend

For dreamy vintage furniture and other home knick knacks, you can pay a visit to My Ex Boyfriend. I fell in love with a gorgeous dresser that I really need in my living room one day and their art prints and illustrated tableware are just adorable!
ONZE-LIEVE-VROUWESTRAAT 106 | myexboyfriend.info

Hut

HUT is a mini concept store that’s full of gifts ideas, from books and stationary to ceramics and kitchen gadgets. All items are selected from independent labels by owner Hilde.
ONZE-LIEVE-VROUWESTRAAT 88 | hutshop.be

Noen

If you fancy a break from shopping in Mechelen’s main shopping street Bruul, you’ll find the perfect lunch spot nearby. Noen offers a variety of delightful toasts, salads and daily fresh soup. For dessert there’s ice cream and milk shakes from their own brand Eiskreem.
LEERMARKT 24 | denoen.com
 
Also check out:
FOR COFFEE
Foom | foom.be
Dora's Coffee Bar | doras.be

FOR SWEETS
Niki's Bakery | nikisbakery.be
Cups 'n Cakes | cups-n-cakes.be
Zoet | snoepzoet.be

FOR THE BEST BURGERS IN TOWN!
Il Cardinale | ilcardinale.be
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