Let’s reveal some hidden gems in the city of diamonds! And we’re not going to write about those mainstream tourist hotspots but about hidden cafés that maybe even you haven’t discovered yet! Curious? Go on reading then.

Me & My Monkey

Let’s be honest, we all love our grandparents. And even though we can’t visit them all the time, we can visit places that remind us of them. Like the café Me & My Monkey, a tiny cozy spot hidden in a fancy area in Antwerp. The moment you enter the place, the cozy atmosphere captivates you.

Odd furniture, walls covered with random stuff like bird-shaped hooks, big mirrors and fairy lights. The music is quietly playing in the background whilst you can enjoy exotic drinks like their homemade Blueberry Ice Tea, freshly pressed juices and crazy flavored cappuccinos for student-friendly prices.

We highly recommend the Marsapino ­– a marzipan cappucino with almond sprinkles on top. Damn that one was good. Try it yourself!


Another gem you’ve probably discovered yourself (as it is really close to the Meistraat Campus) is Barnini. We are there all the time, because the menu is cool and the atmosphere is even better. Pop over for a ginger & white choc cappuccino, a chilli espresso or other fancy drinks & scrumptious bagels. A must-try is their carrot cake.

The furniture is super comfortable, the staff very nice and yeah, it’s just a great cafe for taking a break from group projects and assignments or to watch some hipsters. Or chickens.

Yup, right outside the café you might come across a little cockerel and his hen. Not kidding, but we have no clue why those lovebirds stroll around near this cafe. Well anyway, see you at Barnini.


Last but not least for today we recommend you to pop into Cuperus, the oldest coffee bar in Antwerp (open since 1823). This shop is very close to the Meir which makes it the perfect location for a shopping break to enjoy some of their homemade treats and of course, some coffee. Try their Chai as well, it’s delicious. Another plus: they even sell their coffee beans and spices there.

The shop has two floors which are spiced up with great interior – the perfect place for a secret photo shoot to tune up your Instagram profile. Check it out yourself, you won’t be disappointed.


Oh look, it’s coffee o’clock! Well, now you know where to go. Here are the addresses – thank us later.

Me & My Monkey: Oever 18

Barnini: Oudevaartplaats 10

Cuperus: Sint-Katelijnevest 51


Olivia Schnut