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In this summer edition of This is Antwerp we will introduce you to the following strong ladies:

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graphic designer Esther JL Noben fashionistas Fashion Fabrice stunning model Daphne Velghe jewel designer Eline WIllemarck fabric lovers Kinzora ballet dancer Nicola Wills sushi master Junko Kawada clothing guru Nele Moens singers Billie Leyers & Sylvie Kreuz

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We’ll show you Antwerp street style,

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show our most popular ‘Pics of the day’,

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hand you a handy map, with a detailed legenda and tips.

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 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: Esther JL Noben Depot: D/2015/0306/4

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Photography: Jan Jorre Esther JL Noben Fashion Fabrice Eline Willemarck Redouan Tijani @jahoeman @yoeahchong @camilleroelens @ irmycoeckelbergs @siuloongtong @perrydolmans @nielstaes @dutchgrammar @mankica @ woodmonkeyphotos @secretsquirrelfood Erik De Beukelaer Peter Riley Laurent James Helen Van den Poel Kevin Lau Copywrite: Visit Antwerp Laetitia Sabiti Cleo Klapholz Joke Tourné Lize Colson Ikram Annouri Laurent James Erik De Beukelaer


Once again, we pulled it off! Together with a very committed team of Antwerp residents, we created for you yet another great issue of This Is Antwerp magazine. Not only because we love our city; we also want you to experience our city the way we do every day. No fake tourist stuff; real life people creating and reinventing their city every day (and night), turning it into the inspiring Walhalla that it is.

COLOPHON.

We devoted this magazine to the powerful women around us. You won’t find any girly talk or fluffy chitchat here. Only inspiring ladies who set their minds on fulfilling their dreams and work hard to reach their goals in the city they love.

Looking for more useful local tips and tricks? Our website, Facebook page, Twitter account and free (our favourite word) app are crammed with it. Experience our city and let us know what you think!

Graphic design artist Esther JL Noben designed our beautiful cover and tells us what inspired her to create a new ‘Maria of Antwerp’. Further in the magazine, you’ll find the story of various female leading figures in different Antwerp creative scenes. Also we had the privilege to chat with the talented Antwerp singers Sylvie Kreusch from Indie band Soldiers Heart and Billie Leyers.

Join us online and share your life and favourite haunts in the city. Connect to This Is Antwerp through all major social media networks:

The last pages of this magazine are more practical, with tips on how to get around easily, where to sleep, or where to find free Wi-Fi.

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Use #thisisantwerp on Instagram and become our ‘Pic of the Day’. Throughout this magazine you’ll see numbers and symbols next to venues. Turn to page 30 to find out where they’re located on the map.


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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ESTHER JL NOBEN.

Esther has got a thing for graphics and Antwerp. For the 9th edition of our This Is Antwerp magazine, we asked graphic designer Esther JL Noben to design a cover that radiated girl power and Antwerp. The result is stunning! And so is this lovely lady as we discovered once we sat down with her to chat about her beautiful cover design. Text by Cleo Klapholz and Laetitia Sabiti Photography by Jan Jorre

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The This Is Antwerp magazine cover looks amazing! How long have you been working as a graphic designer? “I’ve only been a graphic designer for three years, which is not such a long time. I actually have a degree in architecture but during my studies I kind of realized I was much more into creating and designing than I was into constructing things. After my internship I decided I wanted to follow a completely different life path. I moved from a little town in the province of Limburg to Antwerp. Here I started to study typography which was extremely interesting. After finishing my course, I really wanted to start working as a graphic designer. The problem was I had zero experience and most companies require just that. I would not let this setback interfere with my dream job so I decided to start a business of my own. Very soon I had some on-going projects, and I guess I just went with the flow. The good thing is that by then I was residing in Antwerp where I feel everything is possible. Such a huge city where wordof-mouth nonetheless plays a major part, which brought more projects my way.”

What does being a graphic designer mean to you? “I would say a graphic designer is someone who can turn a product into a living thing. He or she should be able to create a whole idea around a product, a whole new identity that is an entity by itself. We are living in an extremely visual society so it’s very important that ideas get their own visual aspect. This ensures they can be seen and understood properly. Not always an easy task, because you really need to put yourself in your employer’s shoes to grasp the exact idea they have in their mind. To me that’s one of the perks of being a freelancer, I have the ability to adapt to every client.”

Could you give us some examples of the work you have done so far? I’ve just completed the artwork for the newest album of Antwerp DJ/producer Merdan Taplak. It was a very unique project and also my first album cover. I met Merdan a few years ago at the Caffènation coffee bar. We both often

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visit this place. He regularly asked me for advice on his logo and brand. Before I even realized it, I was actually developing his entire brand. He’s happy with the work I’ve done so far, so now I can call him a regular client (laughs). I also create a lot of identities for architects. Coming from that environment, I’ve met a lot of people who now run their own firms. As I’ve studied architecture, I know exactly what they’re looking for in terms of brand identity. However, the last identity I created was for an Italian catering company. I’ve created something more luxurious for them, which was a fun project as well.”

Apart from this beautiful cover you’ve made for us, which project are you most proud of? “That would be Outlines, it’s a work I’ve done in collaboration with my sister. She’s a make-up artist and the project was all about the projection of abstract patterns on the faces of models. It’s pretty much the same concept I’ve done for this cover. The thing I liked about that project, is that it was intended to be a test shoot. We didn’t prepare ourselves for it and hadn’t even created a mood board. Yet, the results came out better than expected. It was great teamwork! Everyone involved had their own tasks and input. That’s exactly why I love working with other people. It sets off a kind of chemical reaction which adds extra flavour to the artwork.”

Any other interesting projects you’re working on for the moment? “I’ve recently collaborated with the graphic design studio Toykyo. They mainly create funny graphics and characters. Their designs are more playful than mine. Nevertheless, I love working with them and I’m really looking forward to what our future partnership might bring. There are plenty of other things I want to do during my career as a graphic designer. For example, I would very much like to do the artwork of magazines and create graphics for stage designs and catwalks.


Tell us more about the cover. What’s the story behind it? “For the cover of the magazine I’ve worked with the same team as for the Outlines project. My input for the cover is the letter A which obviously stands for Antwerp. The character appears very solid and forms a beautiful contrast with the wild frivolous woman. The creation of the image was done in several steps. First of all, I worked on the shape of the letter A. I tried out several designs, but this one came out better during the shoot. The image is very white and clear because we wanted to create the image of a “Maria of Antwerp”: some kind of power woman. We just placed the model in front of the projector and I thought it would be cool to create contrast by making her move a bit while the image was being projected.”

What’s your connection with Antwerp? “I’ve never felt a connection with any other Belgian city like I’ve had with Antwerp. I always loved coming here when I was younger. Whenever I finished my exams during high school, I would come here to shop and stroll around. Later on I also did an internship here at the famous Antwerp Ballet School, and during my college breaks I just loved experiencing the Antwerp Vibe. It’s truly unique!

Antwerp is more than just fashion. It’s a big city, but also very small at the same time. You can do everything by bike, meet a lot of people, see a lot of different groups and, even though they gather at their favourite places, you end up meeting them in the same venues. If I had to describe Antwerp in three attributes, it would be: big, small and a lot of great food.”

Food “I recently discovered Bún, a Vietnamese street food bar. I absolutely loved the food there. But to be honest I really just like to go to the snack bar right around the corner where I live: Het Satéké. I always go there for my dose of French fries with some sweet mayonnaise on top of it and some cheese croquettes.”

Coffee “I always get my coffee at Caffènation or Broer Bretel. Caffènation is a little bit bigger and more crowded. Every time I go there, I can be sure to see someone I know. There’s a very vibrant atmosphere. It’s a really nice bar to get some work done or have meetings with business partners. Broer Bretel is smaller and cosy. It’s quieter there and the ideal place to read the newspaper. I often go there to engage in small talk with the owner, who has become a close friend. It’s also the only coffee bar where you can enjoy the afternoon sun.”

Shop “I very much like the Louis, a shop at the Wilde Zee, even though the clothes they sell are slightly above my budget. They carry brands such as Rick Owens and other high-end fashion. They have the most beautiful and attractive shop windows.”

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STRONG LADIES.

They account for about 50% of our city’s population. That’s why we decided to dedicate the whole of this issue to powerful Antwerp ladies. They come in different sizes and colours and, believe us, they have strong opinions. They might differ in many ways, but they have two things in common: ambition and their love for Antwerp.

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When we were talking about Antwerp power women, the El Bastani sisters spontaneously popped up in our minds. The MoroccanBelgian siblings are truly unique in every way and their appearance just screams power. They are more than fashion bloggers. To us they are fashion icons trying to step up on the international scene by styling models for photoshoots.

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Hi ladies! When did you decide to start a blog? Farah: “It all started when we were still three little girls. We loved playing dressup games with the clothes in our mom’s closet with the hallway as our personal catwalk. We always dreamt we could become true fashionistas while leafing through the celebrity magazines. Five years ago, Hanan and I started a fashion blog. First it was some kind of joke because it started out as our own personal catalogue of our gigantic shared wardrobe.” Hanan: “At that time, Farah was 20 and I was 18. The blogging scene was quite small. Most people didn’t know what blogging was so the market was still wide open. We wanted to create something totally new. Something in which we could combine our creativity and our love for fashion. To our surprise it boomed. Afterwards our younger sister Touba joined the club.”

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Why do you think Fashion Fabrice skyrocketed? Touba: “I think it became popular because we are kind of unique. We are Moroccan-Belgian and we are three sisters, which is not like the other fashion bloggers in Belgium. More importantly we jumped on the bandwagon before all the others did so and that’s why our blog stood out. Before we knew it, we got invited to all kinds of fashion events. We even received an invitation to the Paris Fashion Week, which was a great experience.”

Fashion Fabrice is kind of a funny name; can you tell me how you got to this name?


Touba: “Oh! That was actually Farah’s creation. She is famous for her bad grammar; I guess maybe because she never paid attention in class and always gazed at the teacher’s clothes?”

Wow! You walk around on those things? Respect sister! Farah: “Ha, I wish! (Laughs.) No, my usual outfit is just sporty gear, otherwise it’s impossible to run from here to there. I love high couture fashion but that’s just not practical. People tend to think being a stylist is an easy job, but believe me there is so much more to it than one would think. It takes a lot of effort to create the perfect surrounding. In my opinion it can only be done with loads of research, planning and mood boards. On top of that, I have to do a lot of administration. At the end of the day, I’m pretty tired. Nevertheless, I love my job and I’m so happy I can do something that I truly love. It’s amazing!”

FASHION FABRICE.

Farah: “So true! I wanted to call us Fashion Fabric, but didn’t realise fabric was spelt without an ‘E’ at the end. It was only afterwards that I noticed I made a spelling mistake. Fortunately, Fashion Fabrice was actually pretty catchy so we just left it the way it was.” (Laughs.)

Okay I would have never guessed that! Did the blog change the way you think about fashion?

Hanan: “Yes, I’m absolutely sure it did. I’m even sure it changed our personality. We’ve always loved fashion but because of the blog is has become more than just a hobby. We all feel fashion is a true art form. It feels like the best way to express oneself. Like every person on this planet is a blank canvas and you can ‘dress’ it with true personal art, fashion.”

Lunch spot: Baubergine at the Mechelseplein

Farah: “I also think Fashion Fabrice taught us what we are good at and in which areas we need to grow. For instance I’ve learnt writing is not my strongest point, obviously. (Laughs.) But I also learnt that putting together outfits and scoring the best bargains is right down my alley.”

Nicest spot in Antwerp: We truly love all the little squares with plants, like the Hof van Liere at the University of Antwerp, the garden of Huis Happaert, the Botanical Garden and the Vlaeykensgang!

Farah, you recently decided to start a side project as a stylist as well? “Yes exactly; I’m actually a law graduate but my passion lies with fashion. I’ve always longed for a job in the fashion scene. We created a wide network around Fashion Fabrice. Recently I decided it was time to start addressing this network in order to make my dream job happen. In my search for aspiring models for my portfolio I was lucky to discover an African albino model. I did a shoot with him and afterwards we sent the pictures to a few magazines. Two of the magazines were very interested. This was the beginning of a great career; I could just feel it in my Manolos.” (Manolo is a Spanish high-end shoe brand, editor’s note) (Laughs.)

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Favourite Antwerp hotspots

Bar: Izzy Maze (shout-out to Izzy!) and Bar 11 at the Pelgrimsstraat Restaurant: Cabo Verde and Camino at the Vrijdagmarkt

Best store: Garderobe National facebook.com/fashionfabrice farahelbastani.tumblr.com


Meet Daphne Velghe, one of Antwerp’s finest. Power girl first class, she combined her studies with a successful modelling career. Now, she’s focusing on her career as a full-time model. Known worldwide, we’re kind of proud to have her in our midst. Between jobs in New York and London, she found some time to talk to us, and boy – or should we say “girl”? – we couldn’t be more excited!

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Text by Lize Colson Photography by Daphne Velghe

So Daphne, tell me, how did it all start? “Well, my introduction to the fashion industry was very unexpected. I was scouted at the Laundry Day Festival in Antwerp. I never thought I had what it takes to be a professional model! I guess I looked quite uneasy and openmouthed when they approached me (laughs).”

Modelling… it’s the dream of every young girl. What do you like about modelling? “Being a model opens a lot of doors. It gives me the opportunity to travel a lot and to exceed my boundaries. I constantly meet new people, I get to know their cultures & habits, and broaden my worldview. I guess my sociological background is the main driver behind the way I observe these differences in social norms and habits. For instance, if you travel directly from New York to Paris – cities with big differences in manners, eating habits and styles –, you notice

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these cultural differences even more. I like to sit at a terrace and observe all this.”

Sounds like fun! Did you get the chance to meet new and nice, even well-known people? “Without a doubt! I met some people, starting as colleagues, whom I’m really close with nowadays. Although we sometimes don’t see each other for months, we still keep in touch. In the fashion industry, you get to work with famous people or you meet them at events. Mostly though, I only realise the fame of whom I met and where I’ve been afterwards.”

The fashion industry and modelling in particular are a tough world as well though, isn’t it? Not all is rosy. “Of course it has its down sides. Despite the fact that you meet a lot of people, you sometimes feel alone. You’re constantly on the go and you have to be very patient. Sometimes it’s even ‘exhausting’ to meet new people, because it’s hard (mentally) to constantly understand them. In addition, the unpredictable nature of the job is difficult to reconcile with (the organisation of) your


social and personal life. The constant rescheduling of meetings or the ability to book only last minute holidays is kind of tiring.”

as much as possible the friends living there.”

East, West, Antwerp Best. Although you’ve seen the world and you could live anywhere you want, you stay in Antwerp. How so?

DAPHNE VELGHE.

What did you learn from the fashion world?

“That there are no rules concerning style and fashion, or, at least, that you can create them yourself. It made me aware of the fact that the way you dress is how your environment perceives you. It has a relatively big impact. Of course, I know that there are more important things in life than ‘your outfit for the day’, but it’s the first impression people get. It’s all about ‘attitude’: casual, sturdy, relaxed, well-dressed, and so on. It’s your business card to the world, it shows in a second who you are and how you feel that day.”

I know you’ve been working for a lot of famous fashion brands, but what’s your coolest job so far? “These days, you can see me in the beauty campaign for cosmetic brand MAC. It’s kind of cool to see your face in their stores worldwide. At moments like this, I realise how lucky I am. Other highlights were the Dior and Chanel fashion shows. I still can’t believe I did that.”

Who’s your big example? “Daria Werbowy, definitely! She is more than just a model because of her attitude and image. I’m fond of her style, the way she dresses and poses. She is more of an effortless beauty. I admire her. On top of that, she seems like a warm, creative and interesting person.”

Modelling is one thing, but what do you do in your spare time, if you even have any of that? “Well, I like to discover hotspots: nice shops, boutiques, pubs, eateries… On a rainy day, I love to visit a museum like the British Museum. And I do sports or take dance classes, for example in the London Pineapple School. Furthermore, when I am staying in a city, I try to meet

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“I travel a lot, but I still need a place of my own, a base. I live in the heart of the city with a friend I’ve known for years. My boyfriend lives in Antwerp as well, and I’m still close with my study friends. So it’s not illogical that I should stay in Antwerp for now. In the long term, I might be looking for a place to stay in New York, but we’ll see where work brings me.”

What’s your favourite Antwerp shop or designer? “When I’m in Antwerp, I work from time to time with Haider Ackermann. He inspired me at the beginning of my career, and his eye for detail and silhouettes still intrigues me.”

If you could dream aloud, what would you like to achieve in the future? What’s on your bucket list and how do you see the future? “I’m very grateful for the opportunities I got and everything I’ve achieved, but I try to transcend my boundaries time and time again, to continue growing. Landing a contract as the new face of a perfume campaign, that would be the icing on the cake. A girl can dream! My plans for the future are still vague. I would love to continue working as a model as long as possible, and enjoy it. Meanwhile, I try to learn a lot from the places I visit and the people I meet. The future will decide where I’m headed. Maybe open my own store in Paris or Antwerp? Or be a scout myself and work for a model agency? We’ll see where it all brings me.”

We wish you all the best in your endeavours!


Where jewellery design meets the morbid, that’s where artist Eline Willemarck’s creative process begins. I had a nice chat with Eline at her studio in Antwerp, and left with a whole new perspective on these ornaments that we walking hosts adorn ourselves with.

“Jewellery for me is all about what is truly priceless, something you want to carry close to you for the rest of your life,” Eline explains. “It’s so much more than rings and necklaces. I take the techniques and tactility I learned from my education and implement them in my own interpretation of jewellery.”

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In spite of what her degree says, Eline does not describe herself as a jewellery designer. “I often tell people I graduated in fine arts because if I tell them I studied jewellery design they immediately start scanning me for jewellery and asking me if I made my jewellery myself.”

Text by Ikram Annouri Photography by Eline Willemarck

Eline’s charming story started with a bit of a struggle in high school. Her hands had an itch for the creative so she made up her mind and studied fashion. When she finished high school, she was hungry for more and decided to study textile design. Roaming shops and stock sales and not finding what you had in mind was a clear incentive to study textile design. After a preparatory year in Ghent, Eline found out textile design wasn’t really her thing after all and she came back home to Antwerp. She passed the entry exam at the Saint-Lucas College Of Art And Design and started a bachelor degree in jewellery design. Once she graduated and received encouragement from one of her teachers, Eline decided to apply to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and study jewellery design there.

Eline considers it her mission to widen this narrow perception of jewellery. It’s very hard to pin down her craft but that’s the fun part. Because of the versatility in techniques and ideas, Eline is able to create new perceptions and explore new horizons. However, Eline does have a constantly recurring theme in her work. “I find very interesting the things that often put off people. I’m a sucker for the morbid (giggles).” So, it will not come as a surprise that she did an internship at “Mooi Dood”, a taxidermist studio in Amster-

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2D patterns (and back) to recreate her grandparents in inflatable materials. If the shapes had been in their 2D form, you would not recognise what would become her grandmother –or grandfather once inflated. We all see the 2D shapes yet do not perceive them as grandparents, only as patterns.

ELINE WILLEMARCK.

Although her work may seem morbid at first glance, it is full of soul and warmth. Eline is someone who can see the beauty in ugliness, something we can use in this world.

dam run by Ilse Eckhart & Heleen Koesen. A very untypical choice for a jewellery design student but one she will never regret. It’s there she discovered what was going to be the common thread throughout her works. In particular, the idea that everything that used to be alive and 3D can be brought back to a 2D pattern, which in turn can be turned back into an old or new 3D pattern.

After Eline completed her bachelor’s at the Rietveld Academy, she came back to Antwerp to do her master’s at the school where it all began for her, Saint-Lucas College. Her graduation project was like no other. After her grandparents moved to a nursing home, Eline saw the perfect opportunity to use their old house as an exhibition space. Not only did she exhibit her graduation project, but also her works from her time at the Rietveld Academy to show her friends and family her ideas on jewellery and art. She used the concept of 3D shapes converted to

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Eline is now comfortably living and working in Antwerp. This city is the place where she has her roots and family, which are very important to her. As she described Antwerp, we immediately realised we were on the same page: despite its big city appearance, it feels like you know everybody around. “Walking around in Antwerp and my neighbourhood makes me feel as if I’m living in a little cosy and warm village, but I do discover new things from time to time.” Although she always returns to Antwerp, Eline needs to be taken out of her comfort zone and habits in order to foster her creative process. Besides her studio and home, Eline loves to spend time with friends at Korsakov or Witzli Poetzli. http://elinewillemarck.tumblr.com/


Kinzora is a new Antwerp based brand inspired by powerful women: from the Moroccan women who’ve woven the fabrics for this brand’s beautiful clutches to the girlfriends of different ethnicities who have shown their support. In serious need of a new statement purse and curious about the power woman behind this brand, I spent a whole Sunday afternoon in the sweet company of Kinzora’s designer Asma B. at Buchbar. Drinking mint tea and talking about clutches.

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Text by Laetitia Sabiti Photography by Redouan Tijani

What’s the story behind Kinzora? “It actually all started with the help of my friend Kübra, who just opened her own concept store and asked me if I had something she could sell in her store. Ever since I mistook a Moroccan cushion for a travel bag at my aunt’s home, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a handbag out of kilim, which is a typical Moroccan hand-woven fabric. Kübra gave me the little push I needed to buy my own sewing machine, experiment with different designs and finally create my own label. I’ve never studied to become a fashion designer. Instead I graduated as an industrial engineer in biochemistry, which is obviously something completely different. As my creativity prevailed, I’ve taken a couple of sewing

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classes. That, in combination with the love I have for my Moroccan culture, resulted in the Kinzora brand.”

What’s the connection between Kinzora and your Moroccan heritage? “Making these clutches taught me to appreciate my heritage and to understand the birthplace of my parents. When I was younger, all this was kind of a taboo for me. Having founded this brand, I’ve finally established a sort of relationship with my heritage through the Moroccan fabrics I work with. So Kinzora is actually a tribute to my culture and my parents. Especially to my mum, Zora. She has always been very creative herself. I guess I have inherited my creativity from her. I therefore called the brand Kinzora, which means “the treasure chest of Zora”.”

How would you describe the Kinzora label? “It’s something different from the usual. Having a Kinzora clutch is equivalent to owning a piece of Moroccan history, because the fabrics are vintage. It takes a


lot of time to weave the fabrics. It would be a damn shame if the production of kilim became entirely industrial. There wouldn’t be the same authentic feel to it.”

with a chain as well. Whenever I talk about Kinzora on social media, I actually never talk about myself. I always speak in the first person plural: my friends and husband are included.”

KINZORA.

How do you go from a piece of cloth to a Kinzora clutch?

“I often travel back and forth to Morocco. Whenever I’m there I visit the souks, the local markets, to select a range of handmade fabrics for each design I have in mind. Back home in Antwerp, I cut out the shape of the design and sew it into a clutch. Half of the stitching is done with a sewing machine and the other half is done by hand. It takes me about three to four hours to finish one clutch, which is rather fast since it took me almost a whole day to finish only one clutch at the very beginning. My sewing machine was rather temperamental at times. The fabrics I work with are kind of thick and I couldn’t get them through the machine at first. Luckily I persisted. We now have a much better understanding. I just really love doing it, which is also the reason I don’t charge too much for a clutch.”

Who do you make these clutches for?

“For those who dare and appreciate special things. And those who can make a statement with very little. When you have a Kinzora clutch, you don’t need a fancy outfit. You could simply wear jeans and a white shirt combined with one of my clutches. There you have your outfit!”

What does the future of Kinzora look like? “I don’t know yet, but I do know that the future can bring many surprises. For instance, during the London Fashion Week in February, I was invited to participate in a separate Arabic fashion week. The Kinzora clutches were shown on a catwalk for the first time. However, I don’t strive to become famous. As long as I like to make clutches, I will keep doing just that. ”

What inspires the Kinzora brand? “Everything from daily life. Going from this necklace I’m wearing to my religion. Many people think that you can’t wear a hijab and be fashionable at the same time. But that’s not true. Wearing a hijab is not a limitation to your sense of fashion. It even inspired me. My friends inspire me as well. They form a sort of panel. I turn to them for advice and their ideas on what they find practical. I for one like my clutch without a chain. I wear it under my arm. However, my friends do prefer a chain to keep their arms free. And so I created a couple of clutches

Drinks “My friends and I love to go for a drink at café Shilling. Oh, and they also have the best chocolate moelleux!”

Restaurant “Antwerp offers a wide range of cuisine. So there’s definitely something for everyone.”

Shop “My favourite store would be Fabrika. You can find a bit of everything here. All items are quite unique, handmade or from local artists.”

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STREET Ariane: Definitely designer and power lady Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

Manon: My internship coach Marie. She’s such a nice and smart career woman.

Evelyn: My BFF Freya because she’s so hot!

Nathalie: I’m a big fan of Stella McCartney.

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WHO’S YOUR Jill: My mom because she single handedly raised us and she’s such a strong woman.

Jolien: It might be a bit of a cliché, but Beyoncé because she radiates power.

Tatjana: I’m going for Rita Ora because some people tell me we look alike.

Ruth: My mom and sister because I love them so much.

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When asked about Ballet, most people don’t know much more than what movies like Billy Elliot and Black Swan taught them. Which isn’t a whole lot, so let me introduce you to Nicola Wills. Nicola is a 23 year old ballet dancer from Adelaide, Australia, who has found her way to the alluring city of Antwerp and is now a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

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Text by Kevin Lau Photography by Kevin Lau and Peter Riley

Tell us your story Nicola; how did you end up in good ol’ Belgium or better yet why Antwerp? “First I went to Germany when I was 21 to join a dance company in Dortmund; six months later I found an audition online for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. It is a very well-known company internationally and I just thought I’d go for it and I got the job so I moved here in the beginning of 2013 and I’ve been working for the company since then.”

Why leave Dortmund for Antwerp? “The Ballet of Flanders is bigger. For one, it has more dancers in the company and there are a lot more opportunities to perform different kinds of repertoires. And the company is well known because they toured a lot internationally with some very successful ballets in the past. That’s how they kind of got their name so I thought it would be an amazing step for my career. Actually it was already one of my top three companies even before I had the opportunity. So coming here was literally a dream come true.”

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Did you experience any culture shocks in comparison with Australia or the other countries when you first came here? “Definitely the weather; it has such a massive impact on the people here. When I first moved here, it was like the longest winter in 50 years or something; it didn’t end until the beginning of May. It brought a heaviness on the city and the people seemed so depressed and down. But then I got a better sense of Belgium when the sun came out. I mean this city comes alive when it is sunny. It’s really an amazing sight.” Oh and then there’s grocery bags. In Australia, I’m used to the cashier packing your groceries for you at the checkouts while here they just go as fast as they can as if they’re trying to trick you so you can’t pack it fast enough (laughs). I got used to it a bit in Dortmund but still, it’s really something European.”

And you are staying indefinitely or does it depend on the company or? “We just got a new director, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, he’s Belgian (from Antwerp) and I think he’ll be able to bring a


creative focus to the company. So I will definitely give it some time and see how it goes. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it, I have a pretty good feeling about it so yeah I’m planning to stay here for at least a few years. Assuming I don’t get fired (laughs).”

NICOLA WILLS.

How did you get into ballet in the first place?

“My mum just saw me dancing around in the living room all the time. I loved dressing up, and I was very energetic so, at three years old, she signed me up to ballet school, but it was more of a dance mum kind of school. I also did jazz, tap and musical theatre and I actually hated the ballet classes. At least until I was like 13 or something; then I started seeing the beauty of it. There’s always an element of it that is never going to be perfect so it’s a challenge and when you do get something close to perfect, it is so satisfying. Also I kind of got a little bit good at it and then once I got good at it and liked it, I wanted to get better and better. And eventually I ended up at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, so yeah, that happened (laughs). If someone had told me five years ago “you’re going to be doing this, you’ll be dancing there, in this company”, I would have been like “no, you’re kidding. Get out of here”. So that’s definitely a cool feeling.”

Is there a particular play you are especially proud of or that you liked to do the most? “There are so many, but in Antwerp the one I’m most proud of was Faun by Sidi Larbi. It was a phenomenal stage experience, such a great process and to be on stage doing something that heavy for fifteen minutes straight made me feel so alive. I also enjoyed doing Infra from Wayne McGregor, that was my first project with the company and it was kind of a dream come true as well because he was one of my favourite choreographers. The funny thing is I actually missed out on the casting because I joined the company later than most people, but a girl got injured and then his assistant chose me to fill in for her so it was really a stroke of luck.”

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What would be the ultimate achievement for you in the world of ballet? “I would like to get up to a certain level like soloist or principal dancer, wherever I am. That’s like the ultimate goal. Some people are happy dancing let’s say corps de ballet because it doesn’t put as much pressure on you but I like to know that I have something to aim for, that I can still grow. As for the pressure, I think that’s how you learn to adapt and improve so I guess that would be the pinnacle of what I would like to achieve.” Well, thank you for your time and we certainly hope to see you achieve that dream!

Nicola’s favourites in Antwerp: Favourite bar/club: Jazz bar De Muze / Café d’Anvers Favourite place to eat: Tartine, Coffeelabs, Cordoba Favourite Belgian word: echt? (=really?), nachtwinkel (=night shop), geitenkaas (=goat cheese) Favourite shop: River Island, Komono Favourite thing about the people of Antwerp: walking along diagonal lines, while looking at the opposite side wearing jeans in the summer, no matter the weather


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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 twelve of the most popular ‘Pics of the Day’ from the last six months.

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STRONG LADIES: In a culture where 99% of chefs are men, you must be some kind of power woman to stand out and start a successful Sushi restaurant. Junko Kawada did even more: she created her very own sushi style, which is critically acclaimed and even gained her a second place in the 2013 World Cup Sushi. Text & photography Erik De Beukelaer

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Junko’s Antwerp sushi adventure actually started in Tokyo. While working in the chocolate business, she met Belgian food consultant Robrecht Wolters. They fell in love, married and moved to Belgium, to a small town near Liège. “At first I was more or less living the life of a housewife. But I met with some great sushi masters while organising sushi contests in France. Those chefs taught me the basics of sushi making. We began nursing the idea of starting our own, creative sushi restaurant. Liège didn’t have a real fish culture, so after some market research, we decided to launch our project in Antwerp.”

A good decision? “Yes, I’ll never regret moving to Antwerp. We were hesitating a bit between Antwerp, Brussels and even Hasselt. As a fashion city, Antwerp is known for always being a little ahead of the rest. The people of Antwerp easily adopt new concepts and ideas.”


Is your sushi so different then? “When we first started, people kept asking for dragon rolls, spicy rolls, rainbow rolls, and so on. I had no clue what they meant. Apparently this was what most sushi restaurants in Belgium used to serve. It’s actually the American interpretation of sushi. We follow the Japanese tradition of making quality sushi, but we incorporate some original ingredients and flavour combinations, and try to give our sushi a special twist.”

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So what makes good sushi? “First of all the fish. There’s a lot of difference in the quality, especially for tuna. Luckily in Belgium, there are some very good fish distributors, and we always manage to get hold of top quality fish. Then there’s the rice. For good sushi you need the right kind of rice, the right handling and boiling and the right amount of sushi vinegar. The rice must stick together, yet all the grains should still be separate. There should be some air in-between the grains; it shouldn’t be like porridge... Last but not least, the balance between the ingredients. All components should add to the overall flavour, but none should be too overwhelming. But if you want to learn more, you can attend one of my sushi workshops!”

So apart from managing a restaurant, you also teach people how to make sushi? “Yes, I like being an ambassador of Japanese culture. Almost every week I teach small groups of interested students how to choose the right ingredients and prepare some basic sushi. Afterwards they can eat their own creations.”

Tell me something about the World Cup Sushi. “In Japan it takes over 20 years to become a sushi master; the level is extremely high. To promote this Japanese heritage, and improve the quality of sushi in the rest of the world, every year a contest is held in Tokyo between sushi

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chefs from abroad. I participated in the first edition, in 2013. Every contestant had to make 200 pieces of 4 different kinds of sushi. Those were judged on their taste, but also on originality, technique, and the visual aspect. I used some very typical Belgian ingredients like chocolate, beer and grey shrimps. It was a very tight competition, but ultimately, I finished second out of 8 countries. This year I’ll participate again, hopefully to win this time.”



Best of luck, and you’ll see us soon in one of your workshops!



Ko’Uzi
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Nele Moens (27) is exactly the type of chick we dig over here at the This Is Antwerp headquarters. Never the type who takes no for an answer, Nele rolled up her sleeves at the age of 23 to launch The Public Image, a streetwear oriented clothing store in Antwerp’s Wijngaardstraat. We sat down with the self-proclaimed boss lady to discuss her incredible rise to the top of Antwerp’s urban clothing scene.

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Text by Laurent James Photography by Kenny Lauwerijssen

So when and how did The Public Image start? “We’re celebrating our 4th anniversary this July! Initially, I opened the store on Steenhouwersvest, before moving to the great location we currently have. It was hard at first: I ran my store by day and had other jobs by night. The first year was incredibly difficult but I pulled through. The store gets categorized as “urban” streetwear for women, but I’ve developed a dislike for that word these days. I prefer to say that it’s clothing for the street smart, go-getter woman type. I noticed my customers are all women who know what they want, know what they look like or know what they want to look like. And I love it! I love seeing my customers happy and confident in the outfits they bought here.”

You’re quite the go-getter yourself; you run the store completely by yourself, you are a freelance social media/PR

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manager for other brands and now you’re also a motivational speaker for young entrepreneurs. How did you end up doing that? “I was asked to do motivational speeches and it just made a lot of sense to do it. It’s sort of my way of giving back. During those speeches, I love to mix the success story of the store with my personal journey. It’s an extension of what I do with The Public Image. I often call the shop a community store because there’s always a conversation going on, people really just vibe with each other here. Empowering youth means a lot to me, they’re the future.”

You opened your store at the age of 23. Do you feel your age or the fact that you are a woman was working against you? “Both. Definitely both. I think the combination of being a woman and being young made people think that I wouldn’t be able to manage a serious business. No man shook my hand thinking I could do it in the beginning. Plus, the fact that I didn’t have anyone backing me


NELE MOENS. up worked against me. On top of that I also think it’s a local thing. I think a lot of people here in Belgium just don’t have enough confidence to branch out and start a business of their own. They don’t even start, because beforehand they believe or are told that it’s not going to work out anyway.”

Any last words? “So much of what I do, from the store to the motivational speeches, is just all about empowering women and young people out here. And it’s working. The Public Image is a store, but it’s also a meeting place for creative people, for girls who are not afraid to express themselves or to dream out loud. For those women, I want to be here and tell them to carry on, and never quit, no matter what anyone tells them.” And that’s exactly what you do Nele! Thank you for being such an inspiration in our town!

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The Public Image Wijngaardstraat 16 2000 Antwerp thepublicimage.be


MUSIC: BILLIE LEYERS & SOLDIER’S HEART.


Antwerp city is a breeding ground of musical creativity and talent. However, it takes a strong woman to be heard in the male-dominated music industry. So what happens when we put two powerful Antwerp-born leading ladies together to discuss life and career? Say hello to rising pop/R&B artist Billie Leyers and Sylvie Kreusch, lead-singer of Soldier’s Heart, Antwerp’s finest dream-pop band. Text : Laurent James Photography : Kevin Lau

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Let’s get right to it ladies, and talk about how you guys rolled into music and then morphed into the pop queens you are today. Billie: “I think I’ve always had a connection with music. I took classical piano lessons around the age of five. It was more of a task at first, until I heard “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters. It’s a very cheesy song, I know, but the piano break in it just really appealed to me. It showed me that a piano wasn’t just for classical music. I started to write some words down when I was about ten years old. Two years later, my first real song was finished. I’ve taken loads of classes, courses and workshops over the years and I started to work with friends who were musicians in high school. The ball just started rolling and it sort of evolved into a career from there. I still play with a band these days, but I write and produce all of the songs. That’s why we’re not an actual band and it’s just my name out there, but I do love my musicians! My first single “I Will Never” is out now; I’m performing it everywhere I can and meanwhile I’m still in school, studying musical production.” Sylvie: “I don’t remember an exact moment. I saw footage of me as a toddler sort of singing to a mirror recently. So no pin-point moment, it’s just something that was always there. As a child I wanted to do musicals and in high school I studied drama for a while; after that I attended Jazz Studio classes in Antwerp.

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The first band I was in was called Fell Floor Fiction. It was a project by my high school classmate Camille Goossens, who recently passed away. The next Soldier’s Heart single “Ears & Eyes” is a tribute to him, because he really shaped who we are as a band today. Camille was a lead-singer so he went off and did his own thing. So the remaining guys and I just became Soldier’s Heart one day. My band mates Jasper, Ferre, Laurens, Benjamin and I entered in the HUMO Rock Rally competition one day and that’s where it started. We took on more gigs, entered national radio station Studio Brussel’s competition for new talent and won. We released a single, opened up for other bands like dEUS, Crystal Castles, Balthazar and Youth Lagoon. We landed features in Vogue Netherlands, Dazed & Confused, i-D Magazine and ELLE and now we’re signed! Our debut EP just came out and we’re working on visuals, performances and an album now.” Any females in music that you admire? Any careers that you aspire to have? Sylvie: “I really like Björk, PJ Harvey, FKA twigs and Patti Smith. I also love Lykke Li and what she’s done with her career. Everything feels like her, from her music to her visuals and I really admire that. She’s also kept it semi-underground. She’s known, but she’s known for her music mostly.” Billie: “I have so many! When it comes to Belgian artists I’d say Stromae and Selah


Sue. Both of them are huge here, but successfully took it to other countries and that’s something I keep in mind. I’d love to travel with my music and see how big it could get.”

the lead-singer and the only girl. Sometimes.” (Laughs.)

Have you encountered any hurdles in the industry as a woman? Or is it just hard in general?

Sylvie: “I love performing, so I hope we’ll get to tour a lot in the coming years and see how big we can get. We played quite a few gigs in foreign countries but I’d love a full blown European tour. Who knows, maybe the United States. I’m just excited to see where it’ll take us. We’re performing all summer and working on our debut album. New visuals are also on the way!”

Billie: “I guess it’s hard in general, but I do find women don’t get the same respect. For instance, when I put out my single “I Will Never” on YouTube, the credit underneath the video said I produced it along with my boyfriend (artist and producer Yong Yello). Days later, he received emails from other artists congratulating him on the production and asking if he’d be interested in producing for them. People just assume that because I’m the girl, I just sang the song and he’s the one who produced it. That’s not the way it went, I produced it with him and I wrote the lyrics completely by myself. Females just don’t get the same credit.” Sylvie: “I agree. A lot of people assume that I’m just the girl who sings in an otherwise all-boy band, just a pretty face in front of the real musicians. However, I write all of our lyrics, I contribute to the melodies and I’m constantly involved. Sometimes the guys bring a finished beat and a melody line to me but I always write to it. It’s 100% an equal collaboration. Also, sometimes it is so annoying to get all of the attention as

What are your professional hopes and aspirations for the future?

Billie: “I am releasing new music very soon and I’m also performing this summer, my tour dates will be up on my official Facebook page. I’m also hoping to tour and if taking the music outside of Belgium is an option, I would probably do it.” We hear ya ladies! Thank you for reppin’ our hometown and good luck with all of your future endeavours. Soldier’s Heart self-titled debut EP is out now on iTunes & Spotify. facebook.com/soldiersheartmusic Billie Leyers’ debut “I Will Never (igidigidaga)” is out on iTunes. facebook.com/billieleyersmusic instagram.com/billieleyers


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This is a list of addresses mentioned in the articles, in order of appearance. They are followed by a code referring to the grid of the map on page 32-33.

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Fabrika, concept store, Twaalfmaandenstraat 11 - d3

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Ko’Uzi, take away/sit-in sushi, Leopoldplaats 12 - f4

WHERE IS WHAT?

A. BÚN, Vietnamese Street Food, Sint-Jorispoort 22 - f3

B. ’t Satéke, fry shack, Terninckstraat 5 - f3 C. Caffènation, for coffee/drinks/, Mechelsesteenweg 16 - f4

D. Broer Bretel, for coffee, Nassaustraat 7 - a3 E. Louis, clothing, Lombardenstraat 2 - e3 F.

Baubergine, for lunch, Mechelseplein 13 - f3

We asked a couple of our This Is Antwerp locals to sum up their favorite places in town they would definitely 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

G. Izzy Maze, for drinks, Leopoldplaats 2 - f4

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

H. Bar 11, for cocktails, Pelgrimstraat 11 - d2

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Tartine, for breakfast/lunch, Minderbroedersrui 60 – c3

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Cabo Verde, for food, Napelsstraat 116 - a4

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Caffè Internazionale, insane pastrami Sandwiches, Volkstraat 21 – f2

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Camino, for food, Vrijdagmarkt 5 d2

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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

K. Hof van Liere, historical garden, Prinsstraat 13 - c4 L.

Botanical Garden, Leopoldstraat 24 - e4

M. Vlaeykensgang, cosy medieval street, Oude Koornmarkt 16 - d2 N. Garderobe National, clothing, Nationalestraat 72 - f2 O. Korsakov, for drinks, Sint-Jorispoort 1 - f3 P.

Witzli Poetzli, for drinks, Blauwmoezelstraat 8 - d3

Q. Buchbar, for drinks & books, Scheldestraat 79 - f2 R. Brasserie Shilling, for drinks & lunch, Graaf van Egmontstraat 60 - g2

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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

COFFEE & DRINKS

14. Perruche, for food and drinks , Oude Vaartplaats 61 – e4

33. Bar Buenos Aires, for empanadas/ drinks, Koepoortbrug 3 - c3

WHAT IS WHERE?

15. De broers van Julienne, for dinner, Kasteelpleinstraat 45 – f3-g3

34. Bar Lucy, for drinks/live music, Koepoortbrug 4 - c3

16. Café Bazaar, for lunch/dinner/ drinks, Lange Leemstraat 443 - h7

35. Café RoodWit,for drinks/live music, Generaal Drubbelstraat 42 - i7

17. Cafématic, for breakfast/brunch/ lunch/drinks , Vleminckveld - e3

36. De Duifkes, for drinks, Graanmarkt 5 - e4

18. Copper, for breakfast/brunch/ lunch/drinks, Belegstraat 80 - h2

37. Koffieklap, coffee/locals, Klapdorp 41 - c3

19. De Taloorkes, for lunch/dinner, Lange Koepoortstraat 61 - c3

38. Kolombo, for coffee/drinks, Kribbestraat 15 - a4

20. El Warda, for Moroccan lunch/dinner, Draakstraat 4 - h8

39. Kornél, co-working studio/exhibition room, Sint Lambertusstraat 1 - i6

21. Esco*Bar, for breakfast/lunch, Quellinstraat 32 - e5

40. Quetzal, chocolat bar, Lijnwaadmarkt 11 - d3

22. Krokbar Fabiola, for lunch, Sint Antoniusstraat 4 - e2

41. Vitrin, for drinks, Marnixplaats 14 – f2-g2

23. Falafel Tof, for lunch/dinner, Hoogstraat 32 - d2

42. ZeeZicht, for drinks, Dageraadplaats 7-8 – g8

24. Fez, for Moroccan dinner/drinks, Kloosterstraat 52 - e2

43. DoGMA, best cocktails, Wijngaardstraat 5 – d3

25. Flamoush, for healthy lunch/dinner/ drinks, Huikstraat 2 - c3

44. Cafee Cabron, for drinks/live music, Kaasrui 1 – d3

26. Lara kookt voor u, vegan & veggie food for breakfast/lunch/dinner/ drinks, Van Schoonbekestraat 158 - h4

45. Normo, microroastery for coffee, Minderbroedersrui 30 – c3

27. Mama Matrea, Latin food for dinner, Lange Nieuwstraat 13 - d3

47. Viggo’s, for coffee, De Coninkcplein 21 – d6

28. Native, Organic food for lunch, Muntstraat 8 - e2

48. Kolonel Koffie, for coffee, Montignystraat 51 – h1

29. Tinsel, for breakfast/lunch, Vlaamse Kaai 40 - g1

49. Bar Leon, for coffee/drinks, Reuzenstraat 23 – e9

30. Rachel’s Falafel, for Jewish lunch/ dinner, Lange Herentalsestraat 60 - e5

50. Café Strange, gay bar, for drinks/ parties, Dambruggestraat 161 - c6

31. Urban Story Deli Shop, for breakfast/lunch/dinner, Godefriduskaai 2 - b3 32. Walrus, for lunch/dinner/drinks, Jan Van Beerstraat 2 - h1

46. ‘t Oud Arsenaal, for drinks, Maria Pypelincxstraat 4 – e4

51. Plaza Real, for drinks, Kattenberg 93 – e9 52. Mokkakapot, for coffee/drinks/ exhibitions, Sergeyselstraat 2 – f8 53. Pallieter, for drinks, Mechelseplein 17 – e3 54. Koek & Zopie, for coffee/drinks, Korte Altaarstraat 24 – g8

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55. Maurice pop-up coffeebar, for coffee, Boerentoren, Schoenmarkt – d3 56. Moby Dick, for drinks, Bredastraat 4 – a6

76. Street Art Gallery Artifex, a nice street art shop, Oude Koornmarkt 53 - d3 77. Sun Wah, Chinese supermarket, Van Wesenbeekstraat 16-18 - d6

WAR ISOFWET? WORD MOUTH.

57. Hypothalamus, for drinks , Mechelseplein 19 - e3

TO CHILL, HANG OUT & SHOP

58. Atelier Solarshop, fashion workshop and store, Dambruggestraat 48 - d6 59. Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp landmark. Groenplaats 21 – d3 60. Rosier41, second-hand designer store, Rosier 41 – f3

61. Cinema Cartoon’s, cosy little cinema, Kaasstraat 4 – d2 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 65. de Roma,vintage concert hall, Turnhoutsebaan 327 - f9

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

79. Vrijdagsmarkt, 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 82. Life is Art, gallery/lunch/brunch, Sint-Jorispoort 20  – f3-f4 83. Dageraadsplaats, cosy square with bars - g7-g8 84. Mechelsplein, cosy square with bars - f3 85. Kavka, hang out/party, Oudaan 14 – e3 86. Park Spoor Noord – ab-6-7 87. Kringloopwinkel, thrift shop, Sint-Jorispoort 29 - f4 88. City park – f5

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

89. Exotic market on Saturday morning, Theaterplein – e4

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

90. The docks, hang out - g1-b3

68. Goldwood, vintage interior store, Offerandestraat 1 - d6 69. Graanmarkt 13, high end fashion concept store, Graanmarkt 13 - e4 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 74. Moose in the City,Scandinavian concept store, Ijzerenwaag - e3 75. M HKA, contemporary art museum, Leuvenstraat 32 - f1

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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’.

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. If you are partying the night away on Friday or Saturday you can always take the night buses. They leave at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts g1 Groenplaats d3 F. Rooseveltplaats d5 Definitely check the time schedules in advance because they change during the month of July and August.

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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. 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 – Grote Pieter Potstraat 30 d2 Coffee & Vinyl – Volkstraat 45 f2-g2 Mokkakapot – Sergeyselstraat 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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