Blogger Paulien Riemis shows us around her favorite places in Antwerp
Get to know Blogger Paulien Riemis and her favorite places around her inspiring and vibrant city Antwerp.
Paulien Riemis has been blogging for almost 10 years, but only decided to make this her full time profession about 2 years ago. She moved to the city for her modeling career but turned into a digital content creator. Paulien is a true allrounder: She’s the face of the fashion & beauty Youtube channel Contour, is teaching blogging classes, designing jewelry and clothing collections with different brands, and is — of course — blogging herself, too.
She can’t imagine leaving her favorite city Antwerp, and is now showing us her favorite places — from small cobblestone streets, grand historic buildings and cozy to buzzing terraces at night.
I like plenty of interior shops in Antwerp, but Rewinds honest story and careful selection makes it just that little bit more special. My favourite place for beautiful table setting and unique gifts for friends!
Riemstraat 27, 2000 Antwerp, @rewind.design
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.
Muntstraat 8, 2000 Antwerp, @nativeantwerpen
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 fave piece, grabbing a drink and literally seeing it being printed.
Graanmarkt 2a, 2000 Antwerp, @wearestanleystella
If you are looking for a serene spot to take a step back from the busy city life: these guys sell coffee ànd books. Sit down, relax and treat yourself on a delicious Belgian made cappuccino.
Scheldestraat 79, 2000 Antwerp, @buchbar
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.
Kammenstraat 14, 2000 Antwerp, @episodevintage
This urban all-round fashion, deco and food concept store has a clear mission: get local initiatives out there in this wide world. Which is probably the reason why they’re located on Antwerp’s biggest shopping street!
Meir 19, 2000 Antwerp, @juttu_official
Details shot at Kloosterstraat, my favourite street for thrift & antique shopping
Which beautiful memory will forever be connected to your favorite district?
My best friend & 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’ve done. Amazing times!
How do you spend a Saturday in your district?
I always sleep late (not a morning person here), 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 do some shopping or strolling through the antique stores at Kloosterstraat. As my boyfriend is a great cook, I have my own mini restaurant at home at night, but we do like to go for drinks at Vitrin or Barbossa afterwards.
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 for example. You can turn everyday into a weekend day in Antwerp!
Where do you get inspired?
People watching & shopping at unusual stores with my friends! They always see things differently than yourself and this can be a great eyeopener or an unexpected inspiration boost.
The best place to people watch is… Pilar.
My urban oasis is… the (small but pretty) Botanical Garden.
When you want to hear the best live tunes go to… jazz café́ Hopper.
The most photogenic place of the city is… Volkstraat — a cobble stone street with lots of cute shops.
When the sun sets, best be at… the Schelde river.