Survey: Best European Street Corner

"Seen in Antwerp /1"


After extensive research (consisting of some considerable loitering around Europe) our survey of the Best European Street Corner is complete. It has taken quite some time to finish, but patience is a virtue.

We first set off in Liguria, dashing down Via Garibaldi in Genoa. Lorenzo Bagnara was a charm, as always, but we felt as if the corner itself lacked the overall feeling of hospitality that we were expecting. Moving on. A swift Lufthansa Italia A320-flight later, and the warm tarmac of Lyon welcomed us. We went straight to Place Saint Paul, where a small, rustic, bakery had charmed us on the corner of Rue de la Lanterne. Perfectly connected with a convenient TCL tram stop just outside, surely this was it?

The charm of the childish interior mixed with the scent of freshly made flutes and Pain aux Raisins left us tempted to permanently move in at the Collège Hôtel further down the same street. Still, something was lacking. No cosy cinema. The metrics just didn’t add up this time.

Our quest went on. But this time we knew where we were heading – a mental image of a Flemish neighbourhood kept reoccurring in our minds. We boarded the TGV that brought us up state in a briskly fashion. As was expected, the corner was to be found in Antwerp. Kloosterstraat & Blarenstraat received us with open arms, with barista Rob Berghmans still remembering how short we prefer our ristretto to be.

In the end, the proximity of everything one could possibly ask of a street corner proved to be unbeatable. Brasserie Chez Fred for breakfast, a quick stop at Limonsoda to pick up a pair of shoes for our niece, or simply a relaxing muse through Erik Toonen Books. It’s simply all there.


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6 Responses to “Survey: Best European Street Corner”

  1. Gravatar of Jetrosexual Jetrosexual
    25. August 2009 at 11:20

    Thank you for bringing a smile to my jet-lagged flight. As a cost cutting move, the ANA Business Class dopp kit no longer contains Clarins Men hydrating lotion so I don't know what I'm going to do until NK opens tomorrow morning.

  2. Gravatar of Ik hou van A! Ik hou van A!
    25. August 2009 at 14:27

    Great choice; I know that corner very well!

  3. Gravatar of Jetlagger Jetlagger
    25. August 2009 at 17:18

    Very nice post. You need to step up your game, Tylerphiles, now that you've earned the attention of the NYT. (Which effectively fired his column from the IHT, if I recall correctly.) Nonetheless…

  4. Gravatar of Doo Bius Doo Bius
    25. August 2009 at 20:51

    Devastatingly brilliant corner selection. Can't wait to visit. I tip my organic Kazach rabbit felt hat to you.

  5. Gravatar of Susanne Stoop Susanne Stoop
    3. September 2009 at 07:25

    Hi!
    It is wonderful to find my photo here, but I would appreciate it if you would give the credits for it as well. Thanks, Susanne

  6. Gravatar of Susanne Stoop Susanne Stoop
    3. September 2009 at 14:25

    Hi!
    It is wonderful to find my photo here, but I would appreciate it if you would give the credits for it as well. Thanks, Susanne