Last weekend, my sister Febe and I decided to spend two days in Antwerp – Belgium’s fashion capital – and explore the city. I was invited by the Premier Suites Plus hotel to spend the night in one of their rooms in the city centre. Today, I’m sharing my favourite fashion hotspots and places to eat with you, as well as my experience with this hotel!
On Friday, we took the train in the the early afternoon and planned to have a look at the hotel first, before heading out to our favourite areas and streets in Antwerp. Since the hotel is located very near to the train station, we didn’t have to carry our luggage for a long time. When entering the building and taking the elevator to the seventh floor, where the reception desk is located, I was amazed by the hotel’s stylish interior. Right next to the reception desk you can see their breakfast, lunch and dining area “7th Heaven”. Here, we had breakfast on Saturday morning, but they also serve pastas, pizza, salads, and tapas, or you can enjoy a drink to slow down after a long day in the city.
Some of you will like to know that the 7th Heaven Food Café not only offers a breakfast buffet (pastries, bread rolls, pancakes, eggs, bacon …) but there is also a Vegan breakfast available upon request! People who like to start their day in a healthy way, like me, can enjoy their recently introduced “healthy corner” and have some granola on top of their yoghurt or fruit salad.
Now, the most important part: our room! After being kindly welcomed at the reception desk, we received our key. We stayed at one of their “executive double rooms”. In fact, the rooms are service apartments, meaning that you get a fully-furnished apartment providing hotel-like amenities. Consequently, the room was a lot bigger than most of the hotel rooms I have stayed at during city trips, and it comes with both a sitting area and a kitchenette, where guests can cook small meals. We were only staying for one night, so we did not make use of this, but for guests who are staying for a longer period of time having a toaster or even an oven might be convenient. However, being able to make ourselves an espresso before going into town was nice, as train rides tend to make me feel a bit drowsy.
My sister studies Interior Design, so she obviously pays attention to detail when entering a room and taking in its interior, and I myself have a soft spot for beautiful and unique decoration, too. I especially liked the choice of the industrial pendant light bulbs, and the emerald marble table against the wall. The bathroom, too, incorporates marble, which I feel adds a luxurious and elegant feel to any space.
Some of my favourite places in Antwerp
We spent our Friday afternoon exploring some of our favourite areas in Antwerp. I particularly like the charming streets around the Cathedral of Our Lady – Antwerp’s historical centre. Make sure to take a stroll through the “Vlaeykensgang”! If you would like to do some shopping, I recommend heading to the streets surrounding the Korte Gasthuisstraat and the Lombardenvest, where you can find some independent shops. Apart from being Belgium’s fashion capital, Antwerp is also rich in gastronomy. The city’s numerous narrow lanes are full of cosy cafes and trendy restaurants. I collected some of my favourite fashion hot spots and places to eat:
Probably one of Antwerp’s most instagrammable places. This little shop and restaurant was founded by Yana Lamon, and offers a combination of healthy food and cruelty free beauty products. You will probably have seen the flower wall in the restaurant area before, as it’s very popular on Instagram at the moment.
A fashion boutique that also has a wide range of jewellery and accessories. Febe and I found our mother’s birthday gift here: a golden, minimalistic ring in the shape of the word “mama”, trop mignon!
We were glad to have found this hidden gem: a cosy cafe overlooking the Cathedral of our Lady in the city’s historical centre. The cafe is situated in a charming historical building and is spread over two floors. Whilst sipping on a glass of wine, we enjoyed some live music.
Oude Koornmarkt 38
Did you know that the Lebanese cuisine is one of my favourites? I absolutely loved the food at this restaurant and would recommend it to everyone who wants to give Lebanese food a try. My sister and I shared 10 mezzes, and only paid 16 euro each. Make sure to try their grilled eggplant!
A plant-based breakfast and lunchbar with the prettiest interior and heavenly vegan food. I went here a few months ago and enjoyed their french toast, which was delicious. Recently, new owners have taken over this place, and I read that they are going to re-open soon. I’m excited to find out what will be on their new menu!
We had a really good time getting to know some new parts of Antwerp and staying at the Premier Suites Plus hotel. I liked the comfort of staying in a service apartment, but most of all I loved the friendly service and the hotel’s convenient location between the station and Antwerp’s city centre.
You can find the website of Premier Suites Plus hotel here.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, and perhaps use it as a guide for your next trip to Antwerp. See you in the next one!
Thank you to Premier Suites Plus hotel for hosting us during our two days in Antwerp. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.