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Coffee guide to Antwerp

30 10 2014 / BY Brunette Blogging

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Judging by the amount of articles, guides and Instagram shots, there are plenty of coffee lovers out there. I’m one of them – albeit one of the hardcore kind. You see, I prefer my coffee black and strong – and I need it every morning before I leave the house (trust me when I say it’s safer for other people). Antwerp is full of amazing coffee spots – and I’ve gathered quite a few favorites in the time I’ve lived here. Here’s my coffee guide to Antwerp (which will surely be continued) – based on interior, ambiance and, well, coffee quality.

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Coffee around ‘t Zuid. // Me & My Monkey. A cozy spot for coffee, delicious juices and more if you’re browsing the area of the Kloosterstraat and Steenhouwersvest (especially recommended on Sunday, when the shops are open). // Tinsel. These days you can’t say Antwerp and coffee without Tinsel. It’s a favorite of many, which may lead to long waiting times but the cozy interior and prettiest seating area of Antwerp kind of makes you not mind. The food’s certainly worth a try as well. // Take 5 Minutes in Paris. This one takes the prime spot during the summer with the advantage of the oh-so-pretty hidden garden. //

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Coffee break during shopping. // Coffeelabs. The Meir can get a little crowded for my taste, and Coffeelabs is the perfect coffee escape spot in that case. They serve healthy food and drinks & coffee for true caffeine-heads in a large, cozy setting (downstairs during winter, upstairs with a big sunny terrace during summer). // Barnini. A favorite for bagels and coffee during the Saturday market. // STAY Boutique Bar. If you’re on the Nationalestraat, hop in here for breakfast, brunch or coffee. It looks like a pretty store from the outside, but they have a small seating area in the back as well. I’ve been wanting to go back just to try their french toast. #CRAVINGS // De Foyer. You’ll undoubtedly notice the Bourla (or Toneelhuis) when you’re on a shopping trip, but go inside for a coffee experience in a really pretty setting. Despite how fancy it looks, the prices are really quite okay and their dessert selection is one that’s often talked about. //

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Coffee here and there. // Salon de thé Claude. Worth a coffee trip for the special interior alone (think: very kitsch). Fans of the afternoon tea concept can also go here, and they have the advantage of being located on the beautiful Hendrik Conscienceplein (especially nice during the summer). // Cafématic. Maybe this one is picked out of nostalgia, since I spent some cozy coffee moments here with fellow bloggers during closet sales or when I first moved to Antwerp. In any case it’s a small, cute spot that kind of makes you feel like you’re in a Christmas movie whenever you’re having coffee here during those cold days. // Kolonel Koffie. They’re currently in the midst of moving, so I haven’t visited their new location yet – but their old one became an instant favorite thanks to the setting and delicious coffee. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: their hazelnut espressino might be the only one that can kick my black coffee of its throne. //

Picture locations from top to bottom: Kolonel Koffie – Tinsel – Me & My Monkey – Hendrik Conscienceplein (near Salon de thé Claude) – Kolonel Koffie



Sweater Weather

28 10 2014 / BY Brunette Blogging

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Omsk sweater c/o – WE Fashion denim c/o – Sacha booties – Rebecca Minkoff bag – Ray-Ban aviator c/o – C&A cashmere scarf – & Other Stories rings

Well, isn’t fall treating us nice these days? It’s that very pleasant version of sweater weather, where the soft breeze allows you to outside go sans jackets and the sun is so bright you can’t leave the house without shades. In case you’re not familiar with them: OMSK Belgium is the sweater brand to go to if you’re looking for comfortable, quality sweaters with a different fashionable touch – the fact that I’ve been wearing this hohloma sweatshirt pretty much nonstop these days is good proof of that. The embroidered flower and pine cone print combined with the brushed fleece fabric guarantee that this will become a true fall favorite. It’s always a pleasure to support Belgium talent, especially when they create beautiful things. To be really honest, this might be the start of a new addiction since I’m slightly craving the one Elien‘s got hanging in her closet as well.

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Pictures by Gilles