The 5 best cafe terraces for sitting in the sun in Antwerp

1) The School of Life

Antwerp’s branch of The School of Life hosts regular philosophical discussions inspired by Alain de Botton’s writings. It has an airy modern coffee bar and a spacious terrace on the Munthof square. The perfect spot to sit in the sun reading de Botton on The Architecture of Happiness.

interior of The School of Life

2) Grand Café Capital

Hidden in the trees, the cafe in the Stadspark (city park) reopened in 2019 after a fire destroyed the original building. Designed by BULK architecten, it brings a hint of contemporary Scandinavia with its wood frame, big windows and large terrace overlooking a children’s playground. It’s a friendly, relaxed spot to sit with a coffee while your kids play.

open and spacious bar interior of Grand Café Capital

3) Mika

The museum cafe at Middelheim Park is located in an old country house surrounded by a moat. You can drink a beer on the terrace shaded by ancient trees, or sit inside on a sofa looking out on the water.

terrace at Mika

4) Café Kamiel

Located in a quiet street in southern Antwerp, Kamiel is popular with local families, artists and students. It’s a relaxed spot to come on an afternoon for coffee and homemade cakes. But it really comes alive on summer evenings when locals sit out on the pavement with cocktails while their kids play in the park.

terrace at Café Kamiel

5) Gitanes

This relaxed brown cafe invites you to sit inside with a novel while quiet jazz plays in the background. But it also has a terrace outside where locals sit with a beer on warm summer evenings while tram 11 rumbles past their table.

people outside at Gitanes

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