The 5 best cafes for meeting and co-working in Antwerp
Located near the Royal Fine Arts Museum, this is a hotspot for the creative laptop nomads. You can check your emails while the barista prepares a perfect Illy espresso, or flick through one of the international art and design magazines. We have been told that artist Luc Tuymans likes to drop in here.
2) Kubus Permeke
In 2005, the city library moved to a former Ford garage on the edge of the Chinatown district. The architects have preserved the car ramp inside the building as a computer zone. You can also use the free wifi in the library cafe Kubus, which occupies a striking glass cube overlooking the renovated square De Coninckplein.
A friendly young team run this coffee bar and gallery in the Berchem district. It’s an airy, relaxed hub for local creative types who come here to work, drink coffee and eat homemade brownies. The place also hosts art shows and a co-working space.
This cool spot in the Eilandje district opened in 2017 in a brick building once used as a baggage store for the Red Star Line. The interior has been given a Nordic look featuring rough concrete walls, hanging plants and big mirrors. It’s connected to a co-working space, which creates a cool international buzz. You can work on a sofa or take a break with a coffee outside on the terrace.
5) Fosbury & Sons
This stunning co-working space opened in 2016 on three floors of a modernist tower block by architect Léon Stynen. The Antwerp firm Going East reshaped the interior to reflect new ways of working. A dramatic staircase lit by red neon leads to a beautiful Coffeelabs cafe with sofas, big plants and a staircase seating area. You can drop in from Monday to Friday for a flat white or a healthy sandwich. Or book a table for their Noon brunch on the first Sunday of the month.
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