Hotel Julien - Antwerp

For me at this moment Hotel Julien is the most beautiful hotel in Antwerp. If you get the chance to sleep in this city, you have to take this option in serious consideration.

Atmosphere & design: The design of the hotel is extraordinary. I am a big fan of the combination of the light wood and marble in their bathrooms, I love to sit in their living room in front of the fireplace, I want to hang out in their spa forever, I adore the fresh flowers throughout the hotel and I like to spend evenings in their bar sipping great cocktails (open for non-hotel guests too!).

Location: Their location is perfect. It lies a few doorsteps away from the Antwerp cathedral, good restaurants and the shopping area. You are in the most central part of Antwerp city.

Insiders tip: They have a beautiful private spa in their cellar that you can book (also as a non-hotel guest). Combine it with a treatment (REN products!) and feel like new when you come outside. Don’t forget to have a look at their rooftop terrace to have the best views of the cathedral.

Price category: Rooms are between 180 and 260 euros per night.

Korte Nieuwstraat 24, 
(+32) 03 229 06 00
Copyright pictures: Marie Monsieur

A hidden seafood gem in Antwerp

What: A hidden seafood gem in Antwerp. The owner of the restaurant, Philippe, was already known for his oyster stall ‘Oesterkraam’ at the Saturday market in Antwerp. Now you can also taste fresh seafood in his restaurant.
Food: The place to be for seafood lovers. Oysters, king crab, lobster, plateau fruits de mer, bouillabaisse and various sorts of fish. They have it all!
Atmosphere & design: The restaurant is situated in a cosy garage, which used to be their storage room for fish. Think: wooden tables and cute lamps in fishing nets. Since Vrijdag Visdag is not situated in the city center the place is only known by locals.
Insiders tip: Make your reservation in advance! Vrijdag Visdag is always fully booked. If you have a hard time selecting your dish you can ask Philippe for recommendations.
Price category: Reasonable prices. Main courses start from 25 euros. (Detailed menu and price list on their website)

Vrijdag Visdag
Lange Elzenstraat 75
2018 Antwerpen
T: 0495 10 80 08

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Ann Van Hoey at Tortus Copenhagen

Belgian potter Ann Van Hoey will be presenting some of her latest work for a solo show at the Tortus boutique @ Tortus Copenhagen March 20 - April 26 /2015. Ann will be present for the opening of March 20 from 4 till 8 pm.

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Badstuestræde 17
1209 København K