What to see and do when in Brasschaat, Antwerp!
No wonder my hometown Brasschaat deserves to come first in my very first travelogues I've planned to post. Brasschaat is green, with a huge park, and quiet and pretty to live there. Yet there is always something fun to do. And only a 15-minute drive away from the big city Antwerp (which will also be in one of the upcoming travelogues I have planned). I hope to go back someday, but first let me tell you what there is to see and do!
To drink & eat
Noël et Moi: Wenke, the owner, switched careers just recently and left her fashion career to start up this modern yet very relaxed and trendy place, named after her son. It is a perfect place to have a drink here, breakfast or lunch. Located in the centre of Brasschaat, it is a perfect stop to have a break after all the shopping you can do at the Bredabaan, the main street where you can find all the shops.
Visbar: for everyone who's into fish - this is the place to be! Fresh fish, served in a modern and trendy atmosphere. You can even take your lunch outside, on the cosy patio where you can enjoy some sun. One of the co-owners, Liesbet, used to go to the same primary school as me, we're old class mates. ;)
Jules & Marie: a little stylish multi-brand boutique where you can shop clothing and accessories for your little fashionista's (girls & boys), and lately they have added a small section for (young) adults, yay! They're super friendly, the store is so stylishly decorated and the girls always help you look for the right size or something else you need. I love to hop over once in a while and see what new things they have in store.
2Soeurs: This shop is one I have visited already a few times without buying anything, although I love to enter their shop! It is so welcoming and relaxed to walk through and they have a great variety of brands - great for the grown-up fashionista's among us. ;)
Les Filles d'Anvers: Here you always get friendly service and advice, and it always smells so nice in their shop! Les Filled d'Anvers is a concept store with beautiful women's clothes, shoes, bags and candles. They have a lot of different, unique brands. Always worth a visit, especially when the summer collection is in! It makes you want to buy everything and go pack your bags and travel to Ibiza - everything has a kind of Ibiza-style. They also sell a rather extended collection of Voluspa candles (my favourites!) at the back of their shop!
Scotch & Soda: although a lot of you may know this brand and it is not an independent boutique like the others I have mentioned here, I love to stop by this shop in the centre of Brasschaat. Just because they're always friendly and you can also find a children's collection of their brand at the back of the store. I love S&S as you usually find a lot of special clothing with fun prints or a fun accessory.
Corifeo: Last but not least, Corifeo is also an important one on my list as I love to walk through their lifestyle store (it also smells so good when you enter). One of my last buys was a dark grey sweater with the letters "Brasschaetoise" telling everyone from where I am. ;) They have all the big brands, from Hay to Muuto, Serax... you name it! And if you're looking for decoration or furniture, stationery or just a cute accessory - they have it. And can I say how remarkable their service is? I love how the shop owner is to all of his customers, even if they don't buy and just look around. Everyone gets treated the same: respectful, friendly and always with a big smile, as it should be!
To take away
Poule et Poulette: One place to definitely mention in my list, since I've stopped by here many times, is Poule et Poulette! I said it before, but again: friendly service here and so-yummy chicken! Everything chicken related can be bought here. I usually buy the pre-fried chicken wings and ask for their oriental sauce. (I'm drooling again...)
A must see/visit
Park & Kasteel van Brasschaat: This castle was the venue for our wedding, which is already more than 10 years ago... It is so pretty when you get to see the inside!! And the view from the terraces on both sides of the castle are stunning! It is on all sides surrounded by park, a pond and lots of greenery. Definitely worth a walk.
The Boathouse: If you're in a romantic mood, you can still row a boat at the pond next to the wooden boathouse. It is so picturesque! The boathouse itself was used as a dressing back in the 1800's for people to put on their swimming suits... Nowadays you can rent a boat on the pond (for 5 euros/half hour) and bring your own bottle of bubbles in the boat - or eat waffles, pancakes or an ice cream in the little wooden boathouse. I used to eat a lot there with my grandparents, when I was little!
The Rose Garden: this is where my pictures were taken when I did my first and Holy Communion (yikes!). I hated getting my pictures taken (I still do by the way) but I love walking through the rose garden nowadays. So pretty with so many different species of roses... This is a place in the park where you just have to stop and smell the roses!
All pictures by Love & Light Photography
Well, this was my round-up of places and shops in Brasschaat where you definitely need to stop! There are two more to come soon, but I'd love to hear from you what travelogues you'd love to read about in the future!