The 5 best coffee bars in Antwerp

1) Caffènation

This relaxed, friendly coffee bar is popular with young urban nomads tapping on laptops or reading De Morgen. Owner Rob Berghmans imports the finest beans he can find, selling them to other coffee shops such as Coffee & Vinyl. Second location opened at PAKT.

Coffee from Caffènation

2) Normo

Here is a friendly espresso bar where art school students rub shoulders with the old lady in a coat who has dropped in with her dog. The interior is the familiar ramshackle Antwerp mix of brick walls, ancient armchairs and art magazines.

Normo coffee cup

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3) Black & Yellow Coffee Bar

This cool spot for coffee that opened in 2017 is close to the MAS museum. Its two tiny rooms have a few tables and chairs where you can sit with a magazine, or you can perch outside on a wooden bench. The coffee is lovingly made on a shiny Marzocco machine using Mok beans.

coffee and donut from Black & Yellow Coffee Bar

4) Kolonel Koffie

Inspired by Australia’s coffee culture, Kobe van Gaveren runs a relaxed coffee bar with a bare industrial interior in southern Antwerp. He opened a spacious second branch called Kolonel & Reede in the harbour quarter in 2019 where he serves coffee from his own small roastery during the day and craft beers in the evening.

terrace and mural art at Kolonel Koffie

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5) Butchers Coffee

The two globetrotting baristas behind the counter have created a friendly urban meeting place where you can sample some exceptional coffees. The interior is cool and relaxed with some details that remind of the building’s past as a butcher’s shop. You can also sit on a couple of benches out on the square.

interior of Butchers Coffee bar

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