Yesterday we were delayed so at the last minute we decided to postpone our trip to Holland and head into Antwerp's centre instead. We had to pick up the kids at school and we didn't want to risk being stuck in traffic on the way back from Holland. A walk in the area of the Stadsschouwburg culture house and Rubenshuis museum and a double shot latte at Caffènation sounded tempting. We thought about sitting down outdoors at the Brasserie De Markt (photos above) to enjoy lunch in the fine weather but we simply weren't hungry enough.
We crossed the cosy Graanmarkt square that has a few cafés/restaurants and headed into the Schuttershofstraat street where you find all the big labels. From there we walked to Meir, which is the main shopping street. After a quick look in Massimo Dutti and Zara we went to the International Magazine Shop on Meir to browse a little.
Then it was latte time in a completely different atmosphere.
On Hopland street, which is like an extension of Schutterhofstraat, there is a café called Caffènation. (I've mentioned it on my blog before and also in my recent guest post at The Yummyblogsisters.) Their motto is One drug, one nation, one Caffènation. That's where you go to get the best coffee in the city. It would be an understatement to say that it's an unpretentious place; its design is anything but fancy. The focus is simply on the quality of the coffee and how they manage to make the latte foam so unbelievably good is a mystery to me. It's a complete latte bliss. Because red is their colour (they seem to be Cher, not Che, Guevara revolutionaries) I couldn't help myself when I saw a woman at the next table with red toe nails.