Belgium

NEW SPOT: BROERS & BRILLEN BELSELE

August 6th, 2014

broersenbrillen

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love (sun) glasses.
  2. If you’re driving from Antwerp to Gent: Belsele is a very small village close to the E17 highway.
  3. If you like the fact that two brothers (broer means brother in English) started this business.

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NEW SPOT: ESSENCE GENT

May 30th, 2014

Essencegent

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you like raw food: Essence uses raw ingredients to make haute cuisine dishes.
  2. If you’re in Gent this month: Essence is a pop up restaurant and only open until June 30th.
  3. If you’re already a fan of clothing shop Rewind B.L.C.K. The staff is dressed in their creations.

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TRIED & TESTED: THE JANE ANTWERP

March 24th, 2014

thejaneantwerp

Tomorrow The Jane in Antwerp will open its doors: the new restaurant of Sergio Herman and Nick Bril. When they announced in February you could book a table, the line was almost immediately flat. Within a few hours, they listed more than a thousand (!) tables as reserved. Ofcourse everyone wonders what Sergio Herman and Nick Bril have in mind with The Jane, because Oud Sluis, with three Michelin stars, was obviously a huge success. In December they closed the doors for good and tomorrow almost the entire team continues working with the same passion for The Jane.

Its striking feature is that it’s a complete concept. It is not only about the amazing dishes, and believe me, during the seven-course tasting menu I went from one taste sensation to the other, but really everything you can think of is carried out in detail. I like to tell you what caught my eye, but I think that, just as you see something different in the windows designed by Studio Job everytime you look at them, there’s far more to discover.

Let’s start with the location. The restaurant is housed in a former chapel of a military hospital in Antwerp and designer Piet Boon has decided to keep that feature visible. Even play with it. Where the priest Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: BALLS & GLORY ANTWERP

December 30th, 2013

Balls & Glory Antwerp

Most striking feature:

Their meatballs ofcourse. Balls & Glory began their mission of introducing the finest meatballs to the Belgium public in Ghent a few years ago (and after that in Brugge). When I was there last year there was a line of people waiting to get in. That shows how popular they are. Wim Ballieu (what’s in a name?) is the owner and recently won a Golden Palm for most innovative restaurant concept with Balls & Glory. There wasn’t a lot of time to celebrate because he had to work on the opening in Antwerp. The newest Balls & Glory is Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: ESPOO BUTIK ANTWERP

December 29th, 2013

Espoo Butik Antwerp

Most striking feature:

The wall with beauty products of La Bruket (from Sweden)? The dish cloths from Ferm Living (Denmark)? Or a calendar of Hay (Denmark)? The newly opened espoo butik Antwerp sells Scandinavian inspired products but also pillows of Donna Wilson or towels (United Kingdom) of Mae Engelgeer (The Netherlands). In a beautiful restored building in ‘t Zuid. Very close to Read more…


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NEW SPOT: SIBLINGS FACTORY BRUSSELS

November 19th, 2013

SiblingsFactoryBrussel

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love concept stores: Siblings Factory is the newest one in Brussels and sells fashion (for both men and women), design and art.
  2. If you love cool design: they use cactus plants as Read more…

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NEW SPOT: REWIND B.L.C.K GENT

November 7th, 2013

Rewind B.L.C.K

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re already a loyal customer of the Rewind stores in Gent. The owner turned the basement of their menswear store into Rewind B.L.C.K.
  2. If you love the experimental collections of Rick Owens or Read more…

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NEW SPOT: BELLEROSE BRUXELLES

January 17th, 2013

bellerosebruxelles

3 reasons to go there:

  1. This is their newest flagshipstore in Bruxelles.
  2. To buy something for yourself (sequin jackets, basic Read more…

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FAVORITES: GENT

December 14th, 2012

The question I’m asked most often is: ‘what are your absolute favorites?’ That’s a tough question because everything on my site is a favorite, because otherwise I won’t write about it. But if I have to narrow them down to a shortlist of the best addresses, so you can print it out and take it with you, you have found the right page. Here you go: my favorites, all Tried & Tested, in Gent! Enjoy! Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: I/OBJECT POP UP STORE GENT

December 11th, 2012

Most striking feature:

On the ground floor of Shelter 7, the apartment I stayed at last week, i/Object pops up in December. i/Object is the best online giftshop for designlovers like myself. They sell interior items, books, funny things for kids and stationary. Usually they work online, but now they also sell their beautiful items offline. In this temporarily Christmas pop up shop. What caught my eye? The Read more…


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