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In this tenth edition of This is Antwerp we will

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venture in the brain of illustrator Ana Jarén, take you on a ride on tram 10, show you 10 special stops, give you a special centerfold gift, show you Antwerp street style, show our most popular ‘Pics of the day’, introduce you to stoner metal band Your Highness, get you acquainted with ‘Born in Antwerp’ curators and some of their favourite Antwerp rising stars, hand you a handy map, with a detailed legenda and tips.

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Colophon: This magazine is a publication of Visit Antwerp. It was edited with great care. The city of Antwerp cannot be held responsible for printing errors or changes. No part of this publication may be used by third parties without prior written consent of Visit Antwerp. None of the addresses mentioned in this magazine paid for mentioning in any way. Publisher: Visit Antwerp Grote Markt 15, BE2000 Antwerp Editor in chief: Visit Antwerp Design & Layout: Afreux Cover: Ana Jarén Depot: D/2015/0306/4

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Copywrite: Visit Antwerp Saar De Permentier Joke Tourné Lize Colson Cleo Klapholz Damini Purkayastha Erik De Beukelaer Maaike Van Milt Tine Van den Poel Lara Richir Eva Janssens Esther Hoedemakers Vincent Van Reusel Laetitia Sabiti Photography: Ana Jarén Adrián Iglesias Visit Antwerp Trix Trax We Document Art Hammam Royal Erik De Beukelaer

Dries Luyten AB Hostel Senne van der Ven Idealabs Tine Van den Poel Helen Van den Poel Kastaar @_stijnsmets_ @anicafest @davidflamee @elisabethvalerie @filleroelants @groovy_happiness @melaniach @tinesneyers @wildblondeunicorn @woodmonkeyphotos Eva Janssens Carolyn Spaenjaers Pieter-Jan Pieters Lieven Segers Honest by Jan Jorre Sarah Vanbelle


Ladies and gentlemen, we are thrilled to present to you the tenth edition of our six-monthly This Is Antwerp magazine. To start off, we want to give our This Is Antwerp community the big shout out they deserve. These diverse, constantly moving and dedicated locals are our antennas in Antwerp. We are very proud that every one of the articles, interviews, tips, events and other items in all 10 issues have been local contributions. #keepitreal. Make sure to check out our blog on our website to stay fully updated.

The other day, we sat down together to decide what we would share with you in this tenth issue. It took us no more than 10 enthusiastic minutes to pin down this issue’s theme: the enchanting number 10.

COLOPHON: NUMBER TEN!

You have no doubt noticed our colourful cover by Spanish, Antwerp-based illustrator Ana Jarèn. We had a chat with her about her blooming career, and how she used This Is Antwerp as her ‘bible’ when she first arrived in town. Then, we took a ride on tram 10, from the beautiful Rivierenhof park all the way to the historic city centre. We picked out 10 stops and paid a visit to as many hidden hotspots. We asked the five curators of Born In Antwerp to each tell us about two Antwerp creative souls we should keep an eye on (that’s right: 10 in total!). And to celebrate our tenth issue, we asked Born in Antwerp curator and graphic design wizard Rizon Parein to suggest an upand-coming Antwerp graphic designer to create a beautiful centrefold. The team from Kastaar did a wonderful job! Finally, don’t miss the practical tips on the last pages of this magazine; plus, make sure to check our Facebook page, Twitter account and free (our favourite word) app for more useful information. Join us online, experience our city and share your life and favourite spots. Let us know what you think! Use #thisisantwerp on instagram and become our Pic of the Day.

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INSPIRING ANTWERP.

This Is Antwerp wants the world to get acquainted with our young local creative talent and entrepreneurs. More than ever they are the beating heart of our dynamic city. That’s why we offer the cover of our magazine to upcoming artists as a platform to display their work.

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ANA JARÉN.

Welcome to the world of graphic designer Ana Jarén! It’s a colourful universe populated exclusively by appealing boys and girls. A world in which even nerds are stylish, and where a warm, southern breeze constantly caresses your body. Oh, how we wish we lived there! Text by Saar De Permentier. Photography by Adrián Iglesias.

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In the playful drawings of Ana Jarén (1985) – also known as Labaribaruska – you can feel the strong influence of her native Spain as well as her obsession with fashion. In 2010, while working in the communication department of a fashion company in Madrid, Ana decided to start a new career as a freelance illustrator. Always eager for fresh experiences, this multi-talented designer decided two years ago to make Antwerp her new home. Which leads us to our first question. Ana, your background in fashion is obvious in your work. Your illustrations are often reminiscent of pictures in fashion magazines. Is Antwerp, a city well known for its fashion, an inspiration for you? Personally I think that my work is rather eclectic. While a big part of it is indeed related to fashion illustration, I prefer to define myself as an illustrator in a more general way. I like to think my drawings touch on all the small, everyday things that I love and that inspire me. Since I have a passion for fashion, this subject naturally takes the upper hand. But I feel my work is more than that. That being said, Antwerp is of course a big inspiration for me. I’m in love with this city and the joie de vivre of its people. In comparison with Madrid, Antwerp is a small and quiet city but with a lot of opportunities. For example in terms of street style, much is possible. Yesterday I saw a man wearing a skirt walking around the Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA). It is silly details like that that satisfy my artistic mind.

that is very present in my drawings from that time. However, I tried to counter those feelings by the use of bright colours. I have noticed that ‘Loneliness’ is very popular among my public. But overall, people just love to see beautiful things. I think that’s the reason why the series ‘Nerds’ was less successful. But I am simply not in the mood to draw pretty things every day.

Do you take those public preferences into account when you begin a new illustration? In general I don’t reflect too much about my work in advance. My drawings mostly come quietly and spontaneously, depending on the impressions of the moment. I love to walk around and observe the people on my way: what they wear, how they behave, etc. I write down all those little details in my sketchbooks, which I afterwards use as inspiration for my illustrations.

Have the contents of those sketchbooks changed since you replaced Madrid for Antwerp? They changed dramatically. But the main reason is my evolution as an artist. In Madrid, I had only recently begun drawing. I watched the world exclusively from the point of view of an artist and wrote down almost every impression in my sketchbook. At this point in my artistic life, I am focusing more on architecture and people. Two elements that differ the most between Antwerp and Madrid.

Is it correct when we say your work mostly shows the sunny side of life? Even though your melancholic series “Loneliness” contrasts this statement. What do you consider as your most personal work?

In Spain you are a successful fashion illustrator. Your work is featured in well-known fashion magazines such as Glamour and Marie Claire, but also in ad campaigns for cars. How is business going in Antwerp?

In comparison with my fashion illustrations, “Loneliness” is probably more personal, even autobiographical. In this series, I wanted to show people who have it all, but who still feel unsatisfied and lonely. Unsurprisingly I made these illustrations during the period in which we just moved to a new country. For a short time I felt pretty lost, an emotion

I’ve been living in Antwerp for one year now, and I am happy with the success I’ve achieved so far. I sold some work at the Lambermontmartre art fair and currently I have a small exhibition in coffee bar Caffènation. However, to win assignments in the Belgian press I first need to get my name out.

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In that case, your cover for this magazine is a good start! Were you already familiar with This is Antwerp? I saw the magazine for the first time about a year ago in café Hopper, a bar close to where I live. From that moment, I have used it as my personal ‘bible’ to get to know Antwerp. I have been very committed to following all the tips from locals in the magazine. So I can definitely say that the This is Antwerp magazine lies at the root of my love for this city! Because of this personal connection, I am very happy to have the opportunity to be the cover artist for this edition. My cover shows my interpretation of the Antwerp people and lifestyle. It’s not a portrait of someone I personally know, but an attempt to catch some of that Antwerp vibe on paper. I hope at least some locals can find something of themselves in it!

Tips from Ana Jarén for: Drinks: I think it’s a common problem that even when you intend to try something new, you always end up in the same places. For me, those places are without any doubt Caffènation and Revista (for coffee), and Patine (for a glass of wine). I also like exploring the bars at Marnixplaats, especially Vitrin. Food: I have to admit that I have a sweet tooth. On Sunday I always go to Konditori, where they have amazing croissants. For pastries I would also highly recommend Dellafaille. The cute, blond waitresses on their own are worth the visit to this bakery! For lunch I recently discovered Jam; in addition to the food, the interior and the music they play are wonderful. Next to this, the sandwiches of Café Matic never disappoint me. Shops: I send everyone for chocolates to Sjokolat. You can find chocolate with all kinds of flavours, wrapped in cute little boxes. It’s those frivolous little details that I love in life! For fashion my favourite shops are Dries van Noten (mostly for window shopping I have to admit), thrift store Think Twice and Rosier 41. Favourite spot: The Botanical garden is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Antwerp for me. Take some time to relax in this hidden gem. www.anajaren.com

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TRAM 10.

We asked our local contributors to take a ride on tram 10 and choose 10 different stops. At every stop, they had to pinpoint one venue worth getting off the tram for. All aboard for our “tram 10 top 10 things to see�!

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Visitors to a city like Antwerp may presume that we have very few “green escapes” here. But what many tourists don’t know is that Antwerp is home to a lovely, big park, a mere 10 minutes from the centre of town: Het Rivierenhof.

In addition to the trees and grassy fields, Rivierenhof offers a wide array of activities: you can enjoy a warming drink in one of the cafés on the grounds. Sporty visitors might want to see the soccer fields, tennis grounds or miniature golf course, or explore the bike-friendly paths that run all through the park.

TRAM 10: HET RIVIERENHOF /LUNDEN.

Text by Joke Tourné Photography by Visit Antwerpen

Once you get off of tram 10, it’s only a five minute walk to the park entrance. Locals have known about this little haven of nature for a long time, and its size and location have made it a popular hangout. In summer, the grassy fields are perfect for a picnic with friends. During autumn, there is no place more beautiful for a walk. And in winter, the crisp air is sure to make you aware of the park’s beautiful layout. Not to mention the magic that happens during spring.

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Whether you’re a city or a country dweller, Rivierenhof provides a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of the centre and is definitely worth a visit.


Stop… Hammer time! ThisisAntwerp <3 Trix – and its Trixtrax concert nights! We spoke with Jonathan Broux, one of the five volunteers and organisers of TrixTrax, and a longtime member of the Trix family.

The December edition promises to be amazing, with top performances in a unique setting. For the occasion, Trix is transforming its famous Trix Café into a warm, cosy nest - including hot chocolate! The TrixTrax night will be built around Illuminine, Kevin Imbrechts’ band. On the menu: subdued, dreamy, ambient music. Their debut has been a great success, and they are even more impressive live. “This intimate setting is a ‘can’t-miss’ for music lovers”, Jonathan enthuses. Next year, Illuminine will appear at the famous Eurosonic festival, so this may be your last chance to see them for free.

TRAM 10: TRIXTRAX /HOF TER LO.

Text by Lize Colson Photography by Trix Trax

TrixTrax was founded by Eppo Janssen, a programmer of the Pukkelpop festival and music compiler at the StuBru national radio station. This monthly, approachable (read: free!) concert night is held on a Thursday, offering both a headliner and a supporting act. It showcases upcoming local talent: bands that are flying under the radar, but that are ready to break out. “The Belgian scene is incredibly interesting. Concert venue Trix wants to boost young, local talent by offering them a stage”, says Jonathan.

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The more, the merrier. And … the better for the young artists. Every edition so far has been a roaring success, and this one will be too. So come warm yourself on 17 December at the cosy musical Trix Café. See you there. www.facebook.com/trixtrax Noordersingel 28-30 2140 Borgerhout


The next stop, De Roma, is named after one of the oldest theatres in town (the De Roma, of course): be sure to stop in if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open. Walk a bit further into Borgerhout to find the AB hostel, which we hear is one of the best equipped hostels in town.

Not only are the hosts extremely friendly but they offer free use of the fully equipped kitchen (with free coffee, tea, herbs, etc.), a laundry service and free Wi-Fi. The big, cosy common area, plus the occasional Belgian beer happy hour and fussball games, only make it even better. All the rooms look like unique pieces of art with a homey feel. Add a beautiful terrace with a hammock, and you have found yourself a little piece of heaven in Borgerhout.

TRAM 10: AB HOSTEL /DE ROMA.

Text by Cleo Klapholz Photography by AB Hostel

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www.abhostel.com Kattenberg 110 2140 Borgerhout


When the Base-Alpha Gallery opened in Borgerhout eight years ago, the area wasn’t quite the hotspot it is today. “We were the first art gallery in Borgerhout. Back then, rent in more popular areas was around 3,000 euro a month. So we decided to look at Borgerhout, where we could get a much bigger space for a lot less money. Plenty of artists lived here and had ateliers here, so the area already had an artistic vibe,” recalls Bart Vanderbiesen, director of the Base-Alpha Gallery.

TRAM 10: BASEALPHA GALLERY /DRINK.

Text by Damini Purkayastha Photography by We Document Art Once Base-Alpha started attracting visitors, other galleries moved in, and over the years Borgerhout evolved into an artistic epicentre. Two years ago, an event called ‘Borger’ was first launched. It brings together contemporary art galleries and off-space exhibitions through a sort of art-walk. The Borger events create the feeling that a dynamic, artistic movement is cultivated in this part of the city.

The Base-Alpha Gallery hosts six exhibitions each season, and prioritises artistic individuality above commercially viable or ‘trendy’ art. It focuses on promoting young artists – national and international – who have a strong connection with the Belgian art scene. “The artists don’t have to be Belgian, but their work has to have a link to here. We want to bring this story to the world, rather than bring the story of the world here,” said Vanderbiesen. An exhibition of works by Tom Poelmans and Denie Put runs at the gallery from 15 January until 27 February 2016. www.basealphagallery.com Kattenberg 12 2140 Borgerhout

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Just a stone’s throw from Antwerp’s Central Station, you’ll find one of the city’s best kept secrets – and a little piece of relaxation heaven. Tucked in between the busy, multicultural streets of Borgerhout and the trendy city centre, Hammam Royal chez Amin wants to give you the chance to take a breath and unwind.

TRAM 10: HAMMAM ROYAL CHEZ AMIN /KERKSTRAAT.

Text by Joke Tourné Photography by Hammam Royal

Hammam Royal has been a fixture in Antwerp for years, but has recently gotten both a new owner and a facelift. Not only is it one of only a few hammams in town, it is also one of a kind. Amin welcomes you in true Moroccan style. Everything is done according to the traditions of the culture, using 100% authentic and natural products. You are guaranteed to walk out – or rather float out - feeling silky smooth and completely at ease.

The owners want the hammam to be a gathering place for people from every walk of life, every culture, every age. Somewhere to go to wash away the chaos of an ever-moving city. And that is exactly what Hammam Royal provides.

Bath houses have been popular in many cultures, but have died out a bit in our modern cities, since the luxury of an elaborate bathroom right in your own home has become common. And while that’s a wonderful evolution, it’s a shame that more people don’t take the time for some Eastern-style pampering.

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So if you’ve had enough of rushing about, and are looking for a place to slow down for a bit, make sure you visit Hammam Royal chez Amin: where Antwerp meets Casablanca, in the most luxurious way. www.hammamroyal.be Bisschopstraat 8 2060 Antwerp


Hidden in Antwerp’s Chinatown (although “Chinastreet” might be more appropriate, as it’s not very extensive), tucked between laundrettes and Asian grocery stores, you can find one of the city’s best Thai restaurants, Ploy Pochana. Don’t be deceived by the rather shabby appearance. Just make your way through the dark bar to the cosy, woodpanelled dining area in the back, decorated with fresh flowers and statues of Buddha.

TRAM 10: PLOY POCHANA /CENTRAAL STATION.

Text and photography by Erik De Beukelaer

You won’t find haute cuisine, just good, honest Thai food, served ultrafast and at a fair price. The staff is very friendly and helpful, although communication may not be so easy. The place is usually packed with Thai people, always a good sign when eating in an Asian restaurant. On my last visit, I ordered the crispy pork with garlic and chili, a wonderful and delicious dish, full of flavour and with just the right amount of spiciness. www.ploypochana.be Van Wezenbeekstraat 69 2060 Antwerp

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When I was asked to write an article about “the mushroom plantation under the Rooseveltplaats”, I definitely raised my eyebrows. Of course I wanted to check it out, so I met up with Ahad Eshaghzey, the founder of Caffungi. He showed me exactly what is going on underneath the city centre, and told me the story behind it.

purchasing oyster mushrooms from the supermarket, while eliminating wasted time and energy in the economic and ecological chain.

TRAM 10: CAFFUNGI /F. ROOSEVELTPLAATS.

Text by Maaike Van Milt Photography by Senne van der Ven

Reduce waste

It all began when Ahad read an article about the amount of coffee waste generated by the food industry. Only 0.2% of the coffee we use is consumed; the rest ends up in the trash bin. Ahad had some ideas on how to change this, and on how to be a positive force in the ecological and economical system. Coffee grounds are in fact a very rich resource: great to use in cultivation of, for example, mushrooms. Ahad brought together a passionate and professional team of friends and family, all of whom have a share in Caffungi. They decided to experiment with oyster mushrooms, but they needed a space for production. After looking into the empty basements of churches and industrial buildings, they reached out to the Koninklijk Atheneum. The basement of this impressive building next to the Rooseveltplaats was empty, and perfect to start Caffungi’s production. Caffungi uses spores from its own seed trader. And although this is indeed a plantation, Caffungi does not cultivate the oyster mushrooms itself: instead, it leaves it up to the people at home - a big plus! Caffungi offers an alternative to

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From coffee waste to oyster mushrooms

Caffungi does this by preparing your Caffungi kit for you. The coffee grounds are mixed with coffee bean peel or hay, making space for the spores to grow. The basement facility has just the right air temperature and humidity, while a top-notch filter cleans the air from outside - you can find the purest air in the whole city down below. The packages are filled with spores and the coffee waste/peel or hay mix, and then kept in the specialised rooms for three weeks. Once the right amount of fungus has appeared, the oyster mushrooms are ready to grow. At that point, the packages can be sold. Buyers receive a cool, designed kit including a spray to water the mushrooms. After approximately four days the mushrooms start to appear, and after ten days you can harvest your very own oyster mushrooms, ready to eat.

The Caffungi kits are sold in the Caffungi web shop, as well as in certain supermarkets and the Natuurhuis (Otto Veniusstraat 29). But you can also find them at ecological events throughout the city. www.caffungi.be


When you hop off at the Sint-Jacob tram stop, there are plenty of things to see. But to experience something truly extraordinary, be sure to check out Coffeelabs in the Idealabs building, on Lange Klarenstraat (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first street on the left when you exit the tram).

Coffeelabs is an amazing coffee bar/ lunch spot that will inspire you, thanks to all the ideas floating in the air. It was brought to life by the dynamic duo who created Idealabs, whose goal is to support young start-up companies with professional coaching and the use of a co-work space. These start-ups are hosted throughout the building, while Coffeelabs is on the ground floor. Since the start-ups use the coffee bar to pitch their ideas, who knows: when you drop by, you might become part of a project for a brilliant new product or service!

TRAM 10: IDEALABS -COFFEELABS /SINT-JACOB.

Text by Cleo Klapholz Photography by Idealabs

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And if you visit during summer, prepare to be amazed, because Coffeelabs moves to the rooftop terrace. www.telenetidealabs.be Lange Klarenstraat 19 2000 Antwerp


“Join us for a game... Any game” Outpost’s slogan perfectly captures the essence of our next stop on the tram 10 route. In this store, you can test out and buy the latest computer games, challenge your friends to a playing cards tournament, or gather together around a board game.

TRAM 10: OUTPOST /SINTKATELIJNE.

Text and photography by Tine Van den Poel

Outpost actually started out as a bar; one where people came to play games. Eventually, the gaming aspect became its main focus. Outpost now has a wide-ranging shop where you can buy rare games and extensions of popular board games such as Carcassonne and Catan. And in the basement, you can join vast tournaments. Outpost’s friendly service is a huge asset - second in importance only to the enormous range of games on offer. But the shop assistants help you see the forest for the trees in this massive collection, while making sure that everyone feels welcome. At Outpost, you either bring your friends or make new ones. The camaraderie between visitors is strong, as Seppe and Willy explain as they help out customers. Such a close community might seem intimidating, but everyone is welcome, including total newbies. Seppe and Willy explain, “All the players are very helpful, and the game developers have made it easier for beginners to get into a game by creating starter kits and tutorials. In the past, many games - such as Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons - were challenging for new players because you had to start at the top. Outpost reaches out to beginners by offering samples and organising demo nights.”

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The card game Magic the Gathering is extremely popular at Outpost and one of Seppe’s favourites. He explains that the weekly “Friday Night Magic” meetings all around the world have given a boost to its popularity. He enjoys the international network he has built up by competing in tournaments. Willy recommends computer game Rocket League, in which you play football with cars. Players are given a ranking based on their gaming skills, stimulating competition. At Outpost you can also find fans of League of Legends. The topranked players in this multiplayer game have even become true gaming rock stars. In general, Friday and Saturday nights are the best days to visit if you want to find Outpost packed. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh will appreciate stopping by on Wednesdays or the weekends, when the school kids are there. Board games are generally played on Sundays and Mondays.

The store opens at 10 A.M., mostly for people shopping in Antwerp and passing by the store. For the gamers, the place is open until 1 A.M. during the week and 4 A.M. on the weekends. Check the store’s Facebook or website to keep yourself updated about new products and tournaments. www.outpost.be Beggaardenstraat 6 2000 Antwerp


One of the most famous bars in Antwerp, De Muze is a beloved jazz café located near the Cathedral. It was founded in the wild sixties, and immediately became the place to be for Antwerp’s artistic crowd. De Muze is always crammed on the nights it hosts one of its broad range of jazz concerts. The interior is cosy, with brick walls, dimmed lights, train station seats and curious bric à brac. It’s a historic Antwerp spot, and surely every Antwerp resident would recommend it. But now De Muze is just as well-known for the rollercoaster ride it has experienced over the past years.

TRAM 10: DE MUZE /MELKMARKT.

Text by Lara Richir Photography by Visit Antwerpen

Regulars save De Muze On the 28th of September 2014, De Muze declared bankruptcy, to the surprise of almost everyone. Owner Jan Van Den Braak faced debts of 600,000 euros, and the bar was to close the next day. Of course, it had to go out with a bang. A big party was held, lasting until the following day. De Muze was jammed with people, and some neighbouring bars donated barrels of beer so the bartenders could continue to serve customers. And so the De Muze stayed open for a few extra days...

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More than a bar Shortly afterwards, a bailiff removed all the furniture. Yet the next day, everything was back in its place as if nothing had happened. Surrounding bar owners and regular customers of De Muze had bought up all the furnishings. Peter, De Muze bartender and drummer, came back with the drums: “It’s an iconic set. One day I’ll take it home, but for now it has to stay where it belongs.” When asked about the source of the solidarity, he answered with a stern face: “De Muze is not just a jazz café, it’s a community, an Antwerp treasure. You won’t find another bar where people would do the same thing. De Muze is a safe place for many people. ”

So, thanks to the solidarity of its customers and the surrounding bars alike, De Muze stayed open. And while this doesn’t mean that the debt has been paid off, in April the court approved a rescue plan for De Muze. Jan Van Den Braak now has five years to pay off his debts - meaning De Muze needs its customers more than ever. A fantastic ride for a fantastic place, indeed! www.jazzcafedemuze.be Melkmarkt 15 2000 Antwerp


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Every day, we carefully choose a #thisisantwerp ‘Pic of the Day’ among all the photos posted on Instagram. Want to take part? Just share your pictures with us using hashtag #thisisantwerp and maybe next time it will be your photo here for everyone to see! Today, we’re sharing ten (duh) of the most popular ‘Pics of the Day’ from the last six months.

@melaniach 18/10/2015

@tinesneyers 09/08/2015

@wildblondeunicorn 10/10/2015

@woodmonkeyphotos 06/10/2015

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MUSIC: YOUR HIGHNESS.


Life is moving at a fast pace for Your Highness, the stoner metal band from Antwerp that dominated last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer festivals in Belgium! We met up with the five band members, saw lots of beards and tattoos, and immediately noticed that there is more here than meets the eye. Text and photography by Eva Janssens

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Stoner metal Most of the band members are now in their early 30s, but started playing in bands as early as 13 years old. Music runs through their veins. When we asked how they would label their music, “stoner metal” was the response (not “thunder metal”, as we ridiculously understood at first). “The band that has inspired us most is High On Fire”, they explain. “Stoner metal is a musical subgenre that emerged in the early 90s and was pioneered by Kyuss during their desert concerts. They used lower frequencies in order to reach a wider scope in the desert. Add blues and melodic lines conforming to Thin Lizzy or Black Sabbath, and you get something like Your Highness.”

With no background in the metal scene, we had no idea what to expect - only stereotypes to lean on. When we met up with the band in their rehearsal studio at the back end of Antwerp’s Trix music centre, those stereotypes of rough-looking bearded men with tattoos were confirmed. However, the goofy atmosphere immediately made us feel comfortable, and when they offered us homebrewed beer, we knew we were in good hands. 26

It wasn’t always easy to win territory during the early days of Your Highness, as stoner metal wasn’t very common. Hardcore and punk dominated the scene. Nowadays, however, the genre has been picked up, and Your Highness has begun to conquer the underground scene in Belgium and abroad. “We are trendsetters of this genre”, they laugh out loud. Their discography contains two full length CDs and two EPs. Their unstoppable energy also opened doors to play at some of Belgium’s biggest festivals, including Groezrock, Graspop, Akkerpop and, last but not least, Pukkelpop!

DIY mentality Their recipe for success? A huge dose of DIY mentality. Whether for graphic design, promotion, photography or recording: “we do it ourselves or have friends help us”. Jo Cols, drummer and tattoo artist at Harbour City Tattoo Parlour in Antwerp’s city centre, together with Ben Baert, singer and graphic designer, take care of the visual aspects of all merchandise. The others handle tasks such as administration, production, social media and finances.


Beer and the city Completely in line with their DIY spirit, the band has created a beer in collaboration with Vleesmeester Brewery. Huge beer lovers ourselves, we were wildly enthusiastic about their approach. Is there a better way to promote your band than with a local beer? We don’t think so. They named the tasty beverage Hoogheid (Dutch for ‘Your Highness’). The brew is even featured on the official list of local products from the southern part of Antwerp (Zuidrand). When we asked them about their favourite Antwerp spots, they gave us an extensive imaginary tour. “First and foremost, we would show Antwerp’s stunning Central Station. If you’re into shopping, we recommend Kings & Queens, where you can buy honest jeans from Antwerp clothing brand, Eat Dust and other cool brands. Once in the heart of the city, you have to get a glimpse of the Cathedral. If the weather allows, we would grab a beer at one of the many Antwerp night shops and relax at the picturesque Hendrik Concienceplein or at the riverside.” They continue, “On the roof of the MAS museum, you have a free, stunning view over the city. For a nice coffee break, we go to Kolonel Koffie. If you are more into beer, we recommend Venue 219 just across the street. For food, we strongly endorse Fong Mei in Antwerp’s Chinatown. For a drink later at night, we usually avoid the historic city centre and go to Mechelseplein, one of the most dynamic squares. We especially love café Pallieter, one of the most authentic bars on the square. Among music-related bars, we definitely dig Music City, Kavka, Cabron and of course Trix!”

What’s next for Your Highness? There is more sweetness to come for the band, as Your Highness is now Artist in Residence at the Trix music centre. In tribute to the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking hit “Walk This Way” by Run DMC and Aerosmith, they will record a song with local hip hop posse NoMoBs. But more importantly, they will release their new album with a killer party at Trix in March. We will keep our eyes and ears open.


BORN IN ANTWERP.

With ‘Born in Antwerp’ in 2016, the city celebrates a project year for the creative industry. The number of creative entrepreneurs per square kilometre in Antwerp is incredible. Something is definitely brewing in this town. There’s a certain restlessness, an urge to create, to mean something. The creative talent of Antwerp stands out, spreads its wings, achieving worldwide fame without ever forgetting its roots. Countless ideas are born and realised here. The city is a fertile soil for creativity and enterprise. ‘Born in Antwerp’ puts this bubbling creative sector in the spotlight. This Is Antwerp asked the 5 curators of Born in Antwerp to select ten #Antwerp promising entrepreneurs who embody the project.

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Curator Isabel Van den Broeck

Curator Axel Enthoven

Managing Director, Creative Club of Belgium

With his agency eadc (Enthoven Associates Design Consultants), he designs furniture, buses, trams, trains and even medical equipment. So far, more than 1,900 products have been notched up by Enthoven’s Antwerp-based design agency, which is active worldwide in product development, design consultancy and innovation research. The team has been awarded numerous prizes, including several Red Dot Design Awards and IF Design Awards. Axel Enthoven was also awarded the Henry van de Velde Prize in 2004 for his pioneering work in the design sector.

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BORN IN ANTWERP: WHO’S WHO?

The Creative Club of Belgium is a membership organisation founded in 1983. We promote, defend and empower creativity for brands, in Belgium and abroad. In addition to our awards programmes, we have a mission to unite, inspire and educate the Belgian creative community.

Curator Bruno Pieters Alumnus of the Antwerp Fashion Department

Lives and works in Antwerp. After developing his own line and numerous collaborations with top designers, Bruno withdrew from other activities for a while in order to work with complete concentration on a unique project: Honest By. In it, he unravels the production process of a high-end label in front of his audience for the first time, showing with complete transparency how garments are created.

Curator Lieven Segers Alumnus of the Antwerp Academy Lives and works in Antwerp. In addition to many solo and group exhibitions, Lieven is also putting the finishing touches to a PhD on humour in art. In addition, he has worked as a guest curator at venues such as the Middelheim Museum, during Art Brussels and at the prestigious German outdoor biennale Blickachsen.

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Curator Rizon Parein 3D designer & illustrator

Rizon Parein started as a graffiti artist with a strong passion for 3D letter styles. When he quit school he started making a living with graphic design. He was selftaught, and refined his skills during the first years by making flyers for Belgium’s nightlife scene. During this period, he was able to experiment extensively with both classic graphic design and 3D design. He is now a master of 3D, with a great interest in photography and neon design. He has worked with international brands and artists such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, Jay-Z and Mercedes-Benz.


BORN IN ANTWERP: AXL ENTHOVEN.

“Selecting two young Antwerp talents wasn’t an easy job. I wanted to make sure I chose real talent, not just glitter and glamour.”

Axel Enthoven considered his choice carefully, but when he starts talking about his two protégés I hear only enthusiasm, pride and confidence in his voice. He’s convinced that in 10 years Antwerp will have two new global stars. Bring it on!

Text by Esther Hoedemaekers Photography by Carolyn Spaenjaers and Pieter-Jan Pieters

Carolyn Spaenjaers Carolyn is a visual artist who works with acryl paint, polyester and spray paint. Some of her works are as large as 3m2. After studying in Belgium, Italy and Spain, she has workshops in Switzerland and Antwerp. “The last two years, she has done brilliant work”. According to Axel, Carolyn has the ability to make something very fascinating because she constantly searches for new materials and shapes. And she shows an exceptional drive and ambition to grow. “She has the guts to just do what she wants and what she thinks is best,” he explains. Axel also compliments her mature way of working, her constant efforts to improve and the skills she has acquired by doing so. “It’s like a sushi master who practises for three years on how to roll the perfect maki. In the end, the constant practice will result in a masterwork with no mistakes.” www.carolyn-spaenjaers.be Atelier: Merodelei 1, 2600 Berchem

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Pieter-Jan Pieters

Pieter-Jan is the first person in history to design intuitive musical instruments, which require no musical background or theoretical knowledge. Simply by approaching the small, electronic instruments, you create a sound. Their tones go higher or lower as you draw near.

These instruments were Pieter-Jan’s graduate project at the design academy of Eindhoven, where Axel was one of his professors. “I’m not a musician but I was totally astonished by his way of thinking and coming up - out of the blue - with a new way of designing musical instruments. That’s unique.” After graduating, Pieter-Jan finalised his project, found a production budget, started his own business, got his idea patented and now produces his instruments on a worldwide scale. Axel has followed the whole process and is still very impressed with Pieter-Jan’s dedication and professional attitude. “He creates instruments from a designer’s perspective, and you feel that in every detail. The cord, the button, the ergonomics and the psychology of the instrument: they all fit together perfectly.”

“I hope these two stay true to their own visions and dynamics; success often makes it difficult to remain critical. On the other hand, the danger of success is not being able to control yourself, because you are being controlled by others. I’m quite sure this won’t be the case for Pieter-Jan or Carolyn, though,” Axel concludes.


While Lieven Segers has yet to finalise which artists will be invited for his Born in Antwerp initiative, he already has a long list of local artists to recommend. Picking only two names was no easy task, but here are a pair of upcoming talents (technically five people in all!) Lieven says you should watch out for.

Lieven. “I think professional-level sports also require an intense level of dedication. Denie practises at least three times a week and then plays as well. He’s also a very good painter, luckily,” he added.

BORN IN ANTWERP: LIEVEN SEGERS.

Text by Damini Purkayastha Photography by Lieven Segers

Fluwelen Koord

The members of Antwerp-based band Fluwelen Koord may perform together as musicians, but they were brought together by fine arts. The four band members - Vedran Kopljar, Ken Verhoeven, Bauke Noppen and Jan Gordts - are all graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. “It’s a very eclectic group, visually and musically”, said Lieven , who has seen them perform live on a few occasions. Unlike traditional musical ensembles, Fluwelen Koord has a seemingly discordant harmony. “When they’re performing on stage, each of them has a different attitude. The guitar player (Ken) appears lazy, the frontman is a disorientated dandy, and the others seem more breakcore-fest, visually speaking. Everyone looks like he’s doing his own thing, but in the end, it all works together. I have a feeling that these four painters have a common vocabulary – painting, not music - and that difference works.” Their music is in Dutch and the poetry has echoes of the early 1980s in a setting that resonates with a contemporary audience. Their experiences as musicians play into their expressions as artists. Ken takes the same attitude and aloofness to his brush and canvas. “With Vedran, it seems like he holds the brush not so much to paint, but to express an idea. And there’s significant humour in his work,” Lieven comments.

Denie Put Footballer by day, artist by night, Denie Put is as comfortable behind a canvas as he is on the field. And he revels in both worlds. “Football is even further away from art than music, and yet both aspects work together in his case,” said

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Denie graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2014, and has pursued both his passions since then. Sometimes, even using the same platform. You can see footballs, or images reminiscent of them, all over his canvasses. But there is also an awareness of art. There are references, sometimes unintentional, to the great names that came before him. “It’s like Picasso met Bacon on LSD or something; like getting back to a dream world. Something very aesthetic, in a very contemporary way,” Lieven attempts to describe.

Denie’s paintings are a dialogue between his two worlds. “His footballer attitude meets the painter attitude and the end result is something eclectic”. Lieven notes the coincidental fact that every artist he has picked comes from the Royal Academy. “It says something about the school. There is clearly a good energy there at this point in time,” he adds.

Denie will be part of a two-person show, with Tom Poelmans, at the Base Alpha Gallery in January 2016.


Text by Lize Colson Photography by Dries Luyten

Timothy Helmer & Hans Spooren (Mr. Henry)

triennial or quadrennial conference on the subject of design thinking, for which Timothy is the co-organiser. Rizon praises him: “I remember a talk on process innovation by neoScores, and one by Spotify on its design methodology. Timothy organises incredible, enthralling, wide-reaching lectures”.

BORN IN ANTWERP: RIZON PAREIN.

We sat down with Rizon Parein to talk about the colleagues with whom he will organise an Antwerp edition of OFFF. “OFFF is a graphic event I look forward to every year, with an amazing line-up! We thought it would be good to bring this concept to Antwerp for Born in Antwerp”, Rizon says. First up: Hans Spooren aka. Mr. Henry. Hans is the founder and creative director of creative agency Mr. Henry, founded 10 years ago out of a desire to create new and original things. Hans is the perfect example of an ambitious, successful young entrepreneur. His goal? To create and share innovative work as a team, help clients improve their online/offline presence, and start an agency with its own identity and style, distinct from the status quo. “I met Hans in Antwerp. We really appreciated each other’s work and started talking”, Rizon recalls. “Hans is an all-rounder: he knows about art, architecture, programming, copywriting … He is very visual and technical at the same time. His approach is unique: he flirts with confines. Massive information in a small and clear package, that’s what he does. And Mr. Henry has had great success, with a broad range of clients, ranging from big to small! Mr. Henry operates on a global scale, with friends, colleagues and companies coming from the Big Apple, London and Shanghai.”

“The project would be nowhere without the collaboration of Timothy Helmer”, Rizon continues. Timothy is an Antwerp-based designer and the founder of Creative Network, a portfolio website for freelance creative designers, studios and agencies in Europe. The website is used by art buyers, creative directors, art directors, advertising agencies, design studios and other professionals to find the talent they need. He is also the organiser of Let’s Talk Design, a conference on the subject of creativity that is held multiple times a year with national and international guest speakers, to inspire, motivate and create networking opportunities. Then there is the Let’s Think Design

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“While I’m only supposed to bring up two names, I just can’t talk about the Antwerp OFFF event without mentioning Matthias Ver Eecke from WeComeAsFriends agency. WeComeAsFriends is a tight network of creative entrepreneurs, thinkers, makers and doers. Matthias will make sure the concept of the Antwerp edition of OFFF is mind-blowing.“ Together, Rizon, Timothy, Hans and Matthias will organise a trail through the city of Antwerp for Born in Antwerp in September 2016, which will include the re-opening of the Plantin & Moretus museum. Imagine 12 installations by local and Belgian creative talents on typography, and a conference with renowned international speakers. Rizon is trustee, Timothy will deal with communication, Hans is responsible for technical aspects (such as designing the website), and Matthias will handle the concept and the practical realisation of the project. We are sitting on the edge of our seats to see just how the Antwerp edition of OFFF will take off!


Text by Vincent Van Reusel Photography by Honest by As the Creative Director of Honest by, you gave Marie-Sophie Beinke the Future Fashion Designer Scholarship Award (FFDS Award) last year. Why her?

The second talent you want to highlight is Antwerp-based photographer Lee Wei Swee, with whom you’ve already worked several times. How did you get in touch with him and his work?

BORN IN ANTWERP: BRUNO PIETERS.

Marie-Sophie had the most personal and professional application. And the collections she had created thus far were very intriguing, in my opinion.

The FFDS Award not only includes a cash prize, but also guidance and mentoring by you. What was your experience as her mentor? We offered her information about sustainable fabrics. We explained to her what makes a fabric sustainable, what the different certificates mean and the impact they have on us and our environment. Marie-Sophie wanted to know everything; she was a delight to work with. She wanted to work in a way that was completely ethical and sustainable. It was wonderful to see such a young person driven to create in a responsible way. She inspired us as much as we inspired her, I think.

I became familiar with his work through stylists and other designers I know. I found his photographs to be different from what I had seen before. There is an optimistic sensibility to his work that I’m very attracted to.

I like working with him because he has good ideas, but is also open to mine. One of his talents is that he can make anyone in the studio feel relaxed and special just by being himself.

Is there any advice you would still like to give these promising, talented people?

I’m not sure if anyone needs advice. I believe what matters is to be who you are, to make your own path and follow it. There might be setbacks, there can be detours, and we can have changes of heart. There is no normal or right way, there are no rules: this is your story.

What do you think about the path she has taken since she won the FFDS Award? We are very proud of Marie- Sophie and we found her graduation show to be absolutely beautiful in every way. The design and the story behind the design were everything we had hoped for. I’m very pleased that she also won the MOMU award and the Dries Van Noten Award last June. It’s so rare to meet someone who isn’t just a great designer, but is also an exceptional human being.

Bruno Pieters www.honestby.com FFDS Award www.futurefashiondesignerscholarship. com/ Marie-Sophie Beinke www.antwerp-fashion.be/show2015/ marie-sophie-beinke.html Lee Wei Swee www.sweeriouslee.com

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“I have a long list of up-and-coming creative talents in Antwerp to watch, but if I can only pick two favourites, they would most definitely be illustrator Sarah Vanbelle and photographic duo Jan & Jorre, represented by Initials LA.”

Jan & Jorre “My second pick is the photographic duo Jan & Jorre, who are represented by Initials LA, which is an Antwerp-based agency with the typical no-nonsense Antwerp attitude. The agency, also worth mentioning, was set up seven years ago by Anneke Pauwels and Lies Muys. Together, they have proven that an Antwerp-based company can push forward internationally, as they represent photographers from all over the world.”

BORN IN ANTWERP: ISABEL VAN DEN BROECK.

Text by Laetitia Sabiti Photography by

Sarah Vanbelle

“Sarah is a young, Antwerp-based illustrator with a growing international portfolio; her work has appeared in major magazines such as Knack Weekend, The Wall Street Journal and Monocle.” Queen of squares

“What I like about her is that she has created a very specific graphic style and made it her own. By basing her work on the combination of geometric shapes and primary colours, she has developed a vivid, fresh and fun visual language. I would personally describe her work as sophisticated and progressive, but at the same time you can sense an influence of the late 60s and early 70s.” The perks of living in Antwerp

“On her website Sarah mentions that she loves Antwerp, and I believe the city inspires her. I don’t know her that well, but she seems very eclectic. She derives inspiration from the smallest things birds, a cup of coffee, hair ties, mellow cakes... I think she’s the perfect example of a bright, young talent who picks up on everything she comes across to create her own story out of it.” From Antwerp to Monocle “Sarah is tough, so she’s doing very well. Having the power to bring forward such a strong identity in all her illustrations makes her remarkable and easy to recognise. The fact that she’s already being acknowledged by magazines such as The Wall Street Journal and Monocle, proves her potential to be noticed far beyond the borders of Belgium.”

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It’s written in their names

“Jan & Jorre: their names sound so catchy together, they must be destined for success. You would like them automatically, just by hearing their names. They aren’t originally from Antwerp, but they work here and are continually inspired by the city.” Jacks of many trades

“Jan & Jorre used to assist well-known photographers before they decided to work together. Jan Vandevyver assisted renowned photographer Dirk Lambrechts and Tomas Vandecasteele, while Jorre Janssens was an intern for Pierre Debusshere and assisted Willy Vanderperre on a few occasions; and actually, he still does. Jorre also experimented with film making as a student.” “Having a background beyond classical photography, plus the catchy name and the amazing work this duo has created so far, makes them stand out in my list of creative talents.” “Just like Sarah, Jan & Jorre have created their own visual identity, which has been picked up by several magazines as well as brands including Marie Jo. So they can definitely be considered great, upand-coming talents as well.”

www.sarahvanbelle.be www.initials-la.com www.creative-network.org


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We asked a couple of our This Is Antwerp locals to sum up their favorite places in town they would take their foreign friends to. They are followed by a code, referring to the grid of the map on page 3233. This is the list they came up with. Enjoy! FOOD

WHERE IS WHAT?

1.

Idealabs/Coffeelabs, for coffee and lunch, Lange Klarenstraat 19 – d4

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Tartine, for breakfast/lunch, Minderbroedersrui 60 – c3

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Caffè Internazionale, insane pastrami Sandwiches, Volkstraat 21 – f2

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Civilta Del Bere, great Italian food ,   De Burburestraat 43 – g1

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Mandraki, Greek restaurant, Kaasrui 13 – d3

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Café Stanny, for lunch/ dinner/ drinks, Stanleystraat 1 – i7

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Bistrot Miro, no-nonsense, old school bistro cooking, Moorkensplein 28 – f8

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Bistrot du Nord, no-nonsense, old school bistro cooking, Lange Dijkstraat 36 – b6

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Aahaar, Indian vegetarian food, Lange Herentalsestraat 23 – e5

10. Brasserie Brutal, delicious food, Kerkstraat 72 – d8 11. De druiventros, world-food inspired, Kerkstraat 75 – d8 12. Friterie 2010, best fries, Kerkstraat - d8 13. Overvloed, for food, Dageraadplaats 7 – g8 14. Perruche, for food and drinks , Oude Vaartplaats 61 – e4

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15. De broers van Julienne, for dinner, Kasteelpleinstraat 45 – f3-g3 16. Café Bazaar, for lunch/dinner/ drinks, Lange Leemstraat 443 - h7 17. Cafématic, for breakfast/brunch/ lunch/drinks , Vleminckveld - e3 18. Copper, for breakfast/brunch/ lunch/drinks, Belegstraat 80 - h2 19. De Taloorkes, for lunch/dinner, Lange Koepoortstraat 61 - c3 20. El Warda, for Moroccan lunch/dinner, Draakstraat 4 - h8 21. Esco*Bar, for breakfast/lunch, Quellinstraat 32 - e5 22. Krokbar Fabiola, for lunch, Sint Antoniusstraat 4 - e2 23. Falafel Tof, for lunch/dinner, Hoogstraat 32 - d2 24. Fez, for Moroccan dinner/drinks, Kloosterstraat 52 - e2 25. Flamoush, for healthy lunch/dinner/ drinks, Huikstraat 2 - c3 26. Lara kookt voor u, vegan & veggie food for breakfast/lunch/dinner/ drinks, Van Schoonbekestraat 158 - h4 27. Mama Matrea, Latin food for dinner, Lange Nieuwstraat 13 - d3 28. Native, Organic food for lunch, Muntstraat 8 - e2 29. Tinsel, for breakfast/lunch, Vlaamse Kaai 40 - g1


WHAT IS WHERE?

30. Rachel’s Falafel, for Jewish lunch/ dinner, Lange Herentalsestraat 60 - e5 31. Urban Story Deli Shop, for breakfast/lunch/dinner, Godefriduskaai 2 - b3

32. Walrus, for lunch/dinner/drinks, Jan Van Beerstraat 2 - h1

COFFEE & DRINKS 33. Bar Buenos Aires, for empanadas/ drinks, Koepoortbrug 3 - c3 34. Bar Lucy, for drinks/live music, Koepoortbrug 4 - c3 35. Café RoodWit,for drinks/live music, Generaal Drubbelstraat 42 - i7 36. De Duifkes, for drinks, Graanmarkt 5 - e4 37. Koffieklap, coffee/locals, Klapdorp 41 - c3 38. Kolombo, for coffee/drinks, Kribbestraat 15 - a4 39. Kornél, co-working studio/exhibition room, Sint Lambertusstraat 1 - i6 40. Quetzal, chocolat bar, Lijnwaadmarkt 11 - d3 41. Vitrin, for drinks, Marnixplaats 14 – f2-g2 42. ZeeZicht, for drinks, Dageraadplaats 7-8 – g8 43. DoGMA, best cocktails, Wijngaardstraat 5 – d3

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44. Cafee Cabron, for drinks/live music, Kaasrui 1 – d3 45. Normo, microroastery for coffee, Minderbroedersrui 30 – c3 46. ‘t Oud Arsenaal, for drinks, Maria Pypelincxstraat 4 – e4 47. Viggo’s, for coffee, De Coninkcplein 21 – d6 48. Kolonel Koffie, for coffee, Montignystraat 51 – h1

49. Bar Leon, for coffee/drinks, Reuzenstraat 23 – e9 50. Café Strange, gay bar, for drinks/ parties, Dambruggestraat 161 - c6 51. Plaza Real, for drinks, Kattenberg 93 – e9 52. Mokkakapot, for coffee/drinks/ exhibitions, Sergeyselsstraat 2 – f8 53. Pallieter, for drinks, Mechelseplein 17 – e3 54. Koek & Zopie, for coffee/drinks, Korte Altaarstraat 24 – g8 55. Maurice pop-up coffeebar, for coffee, Boerentoren, Schoenmarkt – d3 56. Moby Dick, for drinks, Bredastraat 4 – a6 57. Hypothalamus, for drinks , Mechelseplein 19 - e3


WAR ISOFWET? WORD MOUTH.

TO CHILL, HANG OUT & SHOP

58. Atelier Solarshop, fashion workshop and store, Dambruggestraat 48 - d6

74. Moose in the City,Scandinavian concept store, Ijzerenwaag - e3 75. M HKA, contemporary art museum, Leuvenstraat 32 - f1

59. Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp landmark. Groenplaats 21 – d3

76. Street Art Gallery Artifex, a nice street art shop, Oude Koornmarkt 53 - d3

60. Rosier41, second-hand designer store, Rosier 41 – f3

77. Sun Wah, Chinese supermarket, Van Wesenbeekstraat 16-18 - d6

61. Cinema Cartoon’s, cosy little cinema, Kaasstraat 4 – d2

78. The Recollection, selling high end ‘objects of desire’ Kloosterstraat 54 - e2

62. Brabo’s Hand, Tattoo and Barber shop, Korte Koepoortstraat 8 – d3 63. Café the Joker, standup comedy bar, Kleine Markt 16 - e3 64. Designcenter De Winkelhaak, center for design, Lange winkelhaakstraat 26 - d6

79. Vrijdagmarkt, a nice square in the city center - e2 80. FoMu, photography museum, Waalsekaai 47 - g1 81. Het Bos, food/drinks/art/parties, Ankerrui 5-7, b4-b5

65. De Roma,vintage concert hall, Turnhoutsebaan 327 - f9

82. Life is Art, gallery/lunch/brunch, Sint-Jorispoort 20  – f3-f4

66. deSingel, international art campus, Desguinlei 25 - i4

83. Dageraadsplaats, cosy square with bars - g7-g8

67. Gallery Louiza Antwerp, nice art gallery, Louizastraat 13 - f3

84. Mechelseplein, cosy square with bars - f3

68. Goldwood, vintage interior store, Offerandestraat 1 - d6

85. Kavka, hang out/party, Oudaan 14 – e3

69. Graanmarkt 13, high end fashion concept store, Graanmarkt 13 - e4

86. Park Spoor Noord – ab-6-7

70. Henri, savy man’s life store, Volkstraat 11 - f2 71. MAS, museum/view on the city, Hanzestedenplaats 1 - b3 72. Mekanik Strip, comic book store, Sint Jacobsmarkt 73 - d5 73. MoMu, fashion museum, Nationalestraat 28/1 - e2

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87. Kringloopwinkel, thrift shop, Sint-Jorispoort 29 - f4 88. City park – f5 89. Exotic market on Saturday morning, Theaterplein – e4 90. The docks, hang out - g1-b3 91. Rivierenhof, park - d9+ 92. Public library Permeke – d6


Good to know

How to get around

Most stores are closed on Sunday.

By taxi Sometimes it’s easier to use a taxi to get from point A to point B but here are some ground rules:

Only every first Sunday of the month most stores are open.

TIPS TIPS TIPS.

Except for the ones in Hoogstraat and Kloosterstraat, they are open every Sunday. Most stores are closed on holidays like Christmas and New Years Eve. You often have to pay a fee to use the toilet. A beer, or as we say a ‘pintje’ will set you back approximately ¤2 (so don’t get ripped off).

1) you can’t wave your arm around and expect a taxi to stop. You have to call one (or use the app) or go to one of the taxi stands. 2) you can fit 4 people in a normal sized taxi and up to 8 in a van. It’s a lot cheaper to share a cab! 3) You have to pay extra at night. Starting rate is ¤5.45 from 10pm till 6am. Download the Antwerp-tax or DTM app for iPhone or Android.

Most museums are closed on Mondays. Most markets take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Vrijdagmarkt, Exotic Market, Bird Market,…) We have 4 cinemas in our city center: UGC (approximately 20 screens), Cinema Zuid (quality programming and re-runs), Cinema Klappei (a small location theater, re-runs) and Cinema Cartoons (quality programming and re-runs) Don’t overpay for fries: there are a lot of great fry shacks (‘frituur’). Keep it around ¤2,8 for a big one (without sauce). We have a pop-up culture, so check our (free and offline) app to see where the party’s going down. If you get into trouble (which you won’t) and you need help from the police, medical emergency team or the fire brigade, call ‘112’.

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You’ll find taxi stands at: Arenbergstraat e4 Bolivarplaats h1 Dageraadplaats g8 Franklin Rooseveltplaats d5 Godefriduskaai (MAS) b3 Groenplaats d3 Kievitplein (Central Station) e6 Leopold De Waelplaats f4 Pelikaanstraat (Central Station) e6 Steenplein c2 Waalsekaai f1 By public transportation Antwerp has an extensive network of public transportation (bus and tram). You can buy a single ticket for ¤2 on the bus or buy one in advance at the machines on the platform.


By bicycle

Free Wifi

VELO Biking is always a nice way to explore a city. You can rent a red bike (you see them all over town) with your credit card in three different ways. 1) go online to www.velo-antwerpen.be and buy a day or week pass. 2) call the information desk +32 (0)3/206 50 30. 3) visit the info desk at Kievitplein 7, 2000 Antwerp (closed on the weekends). f6 SPINLISTER You can try Spinlister (www.spinlister.com) and see if there are any available bikes for rent. This site allows people to rent bikes from locals.

Where to sleep? Youth Hostels in Antwerp: ABHostel – Kattenberg 110, 2140 Borgerhout e9 +32 (0)473 57 01 66 www.abhostel.com Pulcinella – Bogaardeplein 1, 2000 Antwerp e3 +32(0)3 234 03 14 www.vjb.be Scoutel – Stoomstraat 3-7 2018 Antwerp f6 +32 (0)3 226 46 06 www.scoutel.be Alias – Provinciestraat 256 2018 Antwerp g6 +32 (0)3 230 05 22 www.aliasyouthhostel.com Hotels with a This Is Antwerp touch: Scandic Hotel – Luitenant Lippenslaan 66 2140 Borgerhout f9 +32 (0)3 235 91 91 www.scandichotels.com/antwerpen Antwerp City Center Hotel – Appelmansstraat 31, 2018 Antwerp e5 +32 (0)3 203 54 00 www.differenthotels.com

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It’s always handy to know where you can get free WIFI so we listed a few spots. Check our free app for more places Café/bars: Vitrin – Marnixplaats f2-g2 Chatleroi – Graaf van Hoornestraat g1 Bar Leon – Reuzenstraat 23 e9 Korsakov – Sint Jorispoort 1 f3 Vagant – Reyndersstraat 25 d2 Baah Bar – Sint Jorispoort 2 f3 De Kroon – Kerkstraat 91 d8 Café Mombasa – Moorkensplein 37 f8 Bartilia – Falconplein 43 b3 Coffee Bars: Coffeelabs – Lange Klarenstraat 19 d4 Caffènation – Mechelsesteenweg 16 f4 Broer Bretel – Nassaustraat 7 a3 Normo Coffee – Minderbroedersrui 30 c3 Kolonel Koffie – Montignystraat 51 d2 Coffee & Vinyl – Volkstraat 45 f2-g2 Mokkakapot – Sergeyselsstraat 2 f8 Viggo’s Cofeebar – De Coninckplein 21 d6 Kornél – Sint Lambertusstraat 1 i6 Eating Out: Perruche – Oude Vaartplaats 60 f4 Café Camino – Vrijdagsmarkt 5 d2 Café Stanny – Stanleystraat 1 i7 Plein Midi – Sint Paulusplaats 23 d3 Caravan – Damplein 17 a6 Felixpakhuis – Godefriduskaai 30 b4 Café Storm- Hanzestedeplaats 5 b3 Krokbar Fabiola – Sint Antoniusstraat 4 e2 ViaVia – Wolstraat 43 d3 Barrio – Hoogstraat 77 d2


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