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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​en​ne​.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.”

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.

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, @rewind.design

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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 Juni 2019 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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