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Antwerp, Drink, 2014-07-07

We all need those go-to places, those spots that are suited for whatever the situation calls for whether it’s a quick shot of some godly caffeine, a refuge from our hectic world to work in peace or an ideal setting to meet up with a friend.

Kolonel Koffie is such a place.

In a beautiful historical corner building that had a previous life as a cigar and liquor store the always friendly “Kolonel” (or just Kobe) creates his little masterpieces. The menu is full of all the classics like espressos, drip coffee’s, cappuccinos and lattés in all their forms but teas (try the jasmine tea!) and bio juices are also available. And if you’d like something special don’t hesitate to ask.

When you order you can’t ignore the mouth watering home made muffins and cakes (made by the Kolonel’s girlfriend who also helps him out in the weekends) that scream “eat me”. Or if you want something more healthy some yoghurt with muesli is also available.

Although the building itself is beautiful with big windows that flood the room with light and are perfect for people watching it’s the interior that shines. The ground floor is organized around the shiny coffee machine with just a bench against the wall so that everyone faces the room. A setting that makes it almost impossible to not strike up a conversation with a stranger or The Kolonel himself. If you’d like it a little bit more traditional and calm you can take the spiral stair to the first floor where you’ll find an abundance of vintage chairs, tables and couches to make your own while you’re there. The void enables a little bit of the atmosphere on the ground floor to seep through so you don’t miss all the beautiful noises that are so characteristic of a coffee bar. And should you be lucky enough to catch a sunny Belgian day there’s also a small terras to get some vitamin D.

So next time you’re wondering where in Antwerp to grab a coffee, go experience Kolonel Koffie’s love for coffee (that he cultivated on a trip to Australia and New Zealand).

His door is almost always open.

Literally.

Cheers,

Maarten

 

Kolonel Koffie
Grote Pieter Potstraat 38
2000 Antwerp, Belgium