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District Guide: Antwerp South, Antwerp

seen by Paulien Riemis, content creator

Even though Paulien wasn’t born in Antwerp, she couldn’t imag­ine liv­ing in anoth­er city, hav­ing moved to the Bel­gian town sev­en years ago. The small cob­ble­stone streets, the grand his­toric build­ings and the cozy, buzzing ter­races at night not only saw her falling in love, but also buy­ing a house where she now resides with her boyfriend and her Per­sian cat. It’s an oasis of peace in her hec­tic life as an all-round cre­ative mind: when she decid­ed to cre­ate Poli​enne​.com, her blog, she could only have imag­ined all the beau­ti­ful adven­tures that lay in store for her. Today Paulien is a dig­i­tal con­tent cre­ator focus­ing on style, trav­el and inte­ri­or inspi­ra­tion who gives offline work­shops and, from time to time, even designs fash­ion pieces and jewelry.

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The Neubau dis­trict in my town is Antwerp South because of the eclec­tic mix of shop­ping, din­ing and expe­ri­enc­ing radi­ates fun, cre­ativ­i­ty and liveliness.”

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Find Paulien on Instagram: @paulienriemis

How do you spend a Sat­ur­day in your neigh­bor­hood? I always sleep in — no, I am not a morn­ing per­son — cud­dle with our cat and some­times treat myself to brunch at Tin­sel. Around noon, I usu­al­ly go to the mar­ket at The­ater­plein with my boyfriend and our friends, where we always hang out at the lit­tle stand that sells home­made shrimp cro­quettes and rosé wine. A rec­om­men­da­tion for sun­ny Sat­ur­days! In the after­noon I like to shop or stroll through the antique stores at Kloost­er­straat. As my boyfriend is a great cook, I have my own mini restau­rant at home, but we do like to go for drinks at Vit­rin or Bar­bossa afterwards.

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2. Tin­sel | Vlaam­sekaai 40, 2000 Antwerp 2 The­ather­plein Nieuw­stad, 2000 Antwerp, @tinsel_antwerp

3. Kloost­er­straat | Kloost­er­straat, 2000 Antwerp

4. Vit­rin | Marnix­plaats 14, 2000 Antwerp

5. Caf­fè Bar­bossa | Sint-Jorispoort 2, 2000 Antwerp, @caffe_barbossa

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If you are look­ing for a serene spot to take a step back from the busy city life, go to Buch­bar: these guys sell cof­fee and books. Sit down, relax and have a deli­cious Bel­gian-made cappuccino.

6. Buch­bar | Schelde­straat 79, 2000 Antwerp, @buchbar

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Inno­v­a­tive, organ­ic and healthy, that’s what Native’s veg­etable-based meals are all about. If you don’t have time for a full lunch or din­ner, at least try their deli­cious home­made lemon­ade or cock­tails! Oh, and make sure to do a quick talk with the own­er, as his pas­sion is seri­ous­ly contagious. 

7. Native | Muntstraat 8, 2000 Antwerp, @nativeantwerpen

Why does your job per­fect­ly match your city? My job exists of so many dif­fer­ent aspects and so does the city! A huge advan­tage is that when I some­times work dur­ing the week­ends, I can still enjoy my days off on Mon­day and Tues­day by loung­ing in one of the many cof­fee bars Antwerp has to offer. You can turn every­day into a week­end in this city.

8. My urban oasis is the (small but pret­ty) Botan­i­cal gar­den. Leopold­straat 24, 2000 Antwerp

9. The best place to peo­ple watch is Hotel Pilar. Leopold de Waelplaats 34, 2000 Antwerp, @hotelpilar

10. The most pho­to­genic place of the city is Volk­straat a cob­ble stone street with lots of cute shops. Volk­straat, 2000 Antwerp

Where do you get inspired? I get inspired when I peo­ple watch or go shop­ping at unusu­al stores with my friends. They always see things dif­fer­ent­ly than me which can be a great eye-open­er or an unex­pect­ed inspi­ra­tion boost. 

The urban all-round fash­ion, deco and food con­cept store Jut­tu has a clear mis­sion: get local ini­tia­tives out there into the big wide world. Which is prob­a­bly the rea­son why they’re locat­ed on Antwerp’s biggest shop­ping street. 

11. Jut­tu | Meir 19, 2000 Antwer, @juttu_official

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I like many of the inte­ri­or shops in Antwerp, but Rewinds hon­est sto­ry and care­ful selec­tion makes it just that lit­tle bit more spe­cial. It’s my favorite place for beau­ti­ful table set­ting and unique gifts for friends.

12. Rewind | Riem­straat 27, 2000 Antwerp,

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They describe them­selves as eco-min­i­mal­ists and that’s exact­ly what the Stanley/​Stella store radi­ates. Expe­ri­ence a whole new way of shop­ping by choos­ing your favorite piece, grab­bing a drink and lit­er­al­ly watch it being printed.

13. Stanley/​Stella | Graan­markt 2a, 2000 Antwerp, @wearestanleystella

Episode is my num­ber one shop for on-point vin­tage cloth­ing and acces­sories that are still afford­able! Even my boyfriend always man­ages to find the per­fect den­im jack­et or sec­ond-hand sneak­ers here.

14. Episode | Kam­men­straat 14, 2000 Antwerp, @episodevintage

Do you have one fun­ny mem­o­ry in par­tic­u­lar that will for­ev­er be asso­ci­at­ed with Antwerp South? My best friend and I used to always work out togeth­er at the same gym and would after­wards choose a dif­fer­ent sun­ny ter­race in the South of Antwerp to drink red wine and ruin all the work we’d done… amaz­ing times!

15. When you want to hear the best live tunes go to Jazz Café Hop­per. Leopold de Wael­straat 2, 2000 Antwerp

16. When the sun sets, it’s best to be besides Scheldt riv­er.

05 Jun 2019 · neubau eyewear