This is the café where I met my friend for lunch yesterday, the Salon de Thé Claude in the Zuid district of Antwerp, at Scheldestraat 79. Neither of us had been there before and for the first hour or so I think we were simply in a trance, taking in all the beauty. How I've managed to walk that street many times without noticing this gem is something I'll never understand (it crosses Volkstraat and standing outside you can see the Schelde Vrij monument I talked about in this post). The owner designed the place (job well done!) and the atmosphere in there is wonderful. Even though we were meeting for lunch we ordered breakfast from the menu. Of course I got my latte and we had three types of bread, one with nuts and raisins that was divine. Everything tasted so good and the service was very personal. I told them I had a blog and they gave me permission to take as many photos as I wanted to.
If you find yourself in Antwerp and you need a little bit of Paris heaven then Salon de Thé Claude is definitely the place to go to!
I'm not done with heaven. I had ordered a box of macarons to take home with me. I hardly ever order cakes or sweets at cafés as I like enjoying my own home-made stuff, but these were irresistible. First I took a photo of them and then I sat on the chaise lounge in the living room with my partner in crime – my six-year old – and we ate them all in one go. Well, I took a bite of each and he finished them. The chocolate one we shared fifty-fifty. Definitely heaven!
Have a wonderful weekend!
photo credit: Lisa Hjalt