Gigue's Journal

Velvet vision

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This season’s biggest trend? That must be velvet. We absolutely adore this lush texture so why not wear it head-to-toe? This wrinkled ensemble in foggy grey is our number one favourite as it strikes the perfect balance between comfy and chic. Pair it up with soft layers from the same colour palette and you’re ready to hit the streets in style.Shop now

Hotel Pilar

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If you’re looking for a unique place to spend the night during your next Antwerp trip, Hotel Pilar may serve you well. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated with an eclectic mix of design objects from all around the world. On the ground floor, their trendy yet homey food bar serves healthy lunch alongside guilty pleasures for all your sweet cravings. And if that’s not enough, the historical building also houses a shop with curiosities. Because what’s a weekend trip without souvenirs, right?Visit the website

Café Beauté

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We like coffee, we like beauty treatments, so we definitely like Café Beauté! This Hasselt-based beauty bar is your new go-to spot when in need for some me-time. Or for a girls-only afternoon, if you like. Get your brows shaped in the browbar, find the perfect mascara in the lashcorner or go for a relaxing manicure in la lacquerie. Kill time in between treatments by browsing their shop and stocking up on your favourite beauty products while enjoying a nice cup of coffee - or glass of wine, why not?Visit the website

Stassart11

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Want to impress your business associates? Take them out to lunch in Stassart11. Located in a former convent, this culinary hotspot serves finger-licking good food in the most peaceful and beautiful setting. This place is all about sharing so don’t expect your own plate but instead enjoy small bites of various dishes. Not done talking business after lunch? Just stick around for high tea or an early apero. Stassart11 recently expanded its food sharing concept with original dips and home-made cakes that taste just as amazing as they look.Visit the website

Just wing it. Life, eyeliner, everything.”

Furnified

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You like that vintage look that is now totally trending, but don’t want your interior to look like that of a thousand others? Then Furnified might be the thing you’ve been looking for. This Belgian designer brand releases exclusive capsule collections in limited quantities - bye bye mass production - while keeping it affordable. How does that work? we hear you think. Well, by doing everything in-house, from design to delivery, they manage to minimize costs. Time to get furnified!Visit the website

Floral obsession

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A woman can never have enough florals. Once considered a summer trend, they have now become a wardrobe staple. From bold graphic prints to more romantic patterns, the options are endless. Each season Gigue presents new in-house designs and right now we’re totally into the naturalistic trend. Combining delicate detailing with a soft colour palette, this floral blouse brings instant happiness. Doesn’t it look just perfect when combined with our favourite neutrals?Shop now

Riad Yasmine

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Marrakech is currently one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Not surprisingly, as the Red City is an exotic, mysterious place, where you can visit the bustling old town, known as the Medina, as well as find true inner peace and quiet. Right in the middle of the beating heart of the city you will find the Riad Yasmine, a picture-perfect hotel (and Instagram sensation) that truly offers everything you need: seven stunning rooms, a rooftop terrace, a courtyard with a pool and lounge and of course that real authentic Moroccan vibe.Visit the website

Chalet Robinson

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Living in Brussels and want to escape the rush? Or just visiting and looking for a relaxing spot? Either way, Chalet Robinson is the place to be. Situated on its own little island in the middle of Bois de la Cambre, it is probably the most exotic place to enjoy a drink and some food in the whole of Brussels. The current chalet was built in 2009, after it burned down two times in its earlier history. Its architectural style and wooden charm perfectly match the environment, creating a feeling of being in the Swiss mountains.Visit the website

Hotel Casa 1800

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Seville, the capital of Andalusia and the warmest city in Europe, is often considered to be the gem of the South. The city not only offers unique architecture and vibrant neighbourhoods, but also very welcoming, jovial people. So why don’t we skip this bad Belgian weather and start packing? We took the liberty to search the best hotel for you: Hotel Casa 1800. The original building Hotel Casa 1800, dates back to 1864, which is also known as The Golden Age of Seville. Picture romantic elements, like a central courtyard, dark wood, gold and chandeliers combined with today’s luxury, like a swimming pool, jacuzzis, great food and stunning views. Already packing?Visit the website

Versailles Roses

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We all know the eternal struggle of keeping flowers in the house: how much water do they need, do they need sun at all times, do we keep them in warm or cold areas? Well, fear no more. With Versailles Roses, we are one step closer to a bouquet that lasts forever. In three different sizes, Elsa Fernandez, founder of Versailles Roses, offers her customers naturally treated roses that last a year. In the collection: a lot of red, gold, white, silver...and of course very luxurious boxes. One might say it is all in the name.Visit the website

Barchel

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‘Not just another coffee bar’ is the slogan of this Antwerp brunch paradise and it couldn’t be more true. Surrounded by a beautiful, artsy interior, you can enjoy a perfect breakfast, brunch or lunch: fresh delicious food at a reasonable price and presented like little artworks. The menu will definitely make your mouth water: pancakes, eggs, French toasts with avocado, soups, yoghurt bowls homemade iced teas and bagels. The owners of this all day food bar, Charlotte and Ellen, started Barchel in the city centre of Antwerp, but they have already opened a second establishment in ‘Nieuw-Zuid’. Their success is undeniable, so let’s go!Visit the website

PHYT PLANTS

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Without plants, a house isn’t complete. That’s why Phyt. recently ended up between our most used bookmarks. Thanks to this lovely webshop high quality airplants are just one click away. ‘Air plants?’ we hear you think. In more common words: plants without roots that only need daylight and a bit of water to survive. Perfect for those who don’t have green fingers. Apart from beautiful plants in all kinds of shapes and sizes, they also sell handmade terrariums by young and upcoming designers. Lots of pretty stuff to choose from! And it only gets better: they also opened their first physical store in Antwerp, named ‘The Plant Corner’, located in the Green Quarter – no kidding. Let’s go explore that urban jungle!Visit the website

INDIAN SUMMER

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Are you one of these women who clean out their closet once summer is over? We have one advice for you: don’t. Rather invest in versatile pieces that can be worn all year long. It all comes down to styling. Let us proof our point by taking this flowy maxi dress as an example. When paired with sandals and a big hat, it’s not hard to imagine yourself sipping cocktails while enjoying the last summer sun. Fancy party coming up? Put on some lipstick, change your flats for heels and top it off with an eye-catching clutch. And when the cold kicks in, just throw on a velvet jacket and put those knee boots on. Now that’s what we call an investment piece.Shop now

AMPLA HOUSE

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Looking for an inspiring workplace in the city of Ghent? Ampla House, the town’s newest co-working space, combines state of the art office infrastructure with a cosy atmosphere. Located in a charming family house from 1886 with view on the Coupure, this place has four floors of shared and private office spaces, meeting rooms, a food corner and coffee bar, an urban garden, a library and even a gym. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place for your employees to retreat or a location for your next corporate event, Ampla House makes sure you feel welcome.Visit the website

O’YO

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Good food that brings you in a good mood. O’yo is the place to be for a healthy breakfast, nutritious snacks or a balanced lunch full of flavours. What’s on the menu? Yummy yogurts, salad bowls, toasts, pancakes – vegan if you like – but also hearty bites to satisfy a small hunger. Since they focus on fermented food, which is easy to digest, their meals give you lots of energy. On top of that, all food is homemade with fresh products from local partners, so it’s good for both the environment and your body. Talking about a win-win situation.Visit the website

HYGGE HOTEL

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There is a place like home and it’s called Hygge Hotel. Located in Brussels’ Louise area with its little shops and trendy bars, it’s one of the best spots to start your city trip. If you make it outside, that is. Named after the Danish word hygge, which encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life, this design hotel does indeed honour its name. Soft colours, authentic materials, Scandinavian furniture and lots of greens soothe the senses and allow you to completely unwind after spending the day in our vibrant capital.Visit the website

Smiles are free but they are worth a lot”

KOKS & TALES

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Can’t decide between staying in or going out on Friday night? No need to choose. Just gather your friends and reserve a table at Koks & Tales. With its classy fifties interior, jazz music and cosy atmosphere, this cocktail bar makes you feel just like home. The menu offers a fine selection of evergreens and more experimental mixes - the backstories are a must read - but also tasty mocktails. Tip: grab a seat at the bar and watch bartender Rob work his magic while entertaining you with fun cocktail facts. No wonder they were declared Best Cocktailbar in Belgium last year. Cheers!Visit the website

LARA FRANKL

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Unique jewelry, made with quality materials, assembled with new techniques, inspired by world culture. That’s in short what Lara Frankl stands for. Graduated as interior architect, Lara’s designs are infused with minimalist lines, graphic shapes and pure aesthetics. The designs are often combined with one of nature's best gifts, rough minerals. By implementing these stones, with their unique shape and colour, every piece has its own identity. Perfect for women looking for jewelry with a strong personality and very particular style.Visit the website

COCO DONUTS

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Artisanal donuts are popping up all over major American cities, so it was just a matter of time before the hype also reached the other side of the ocean. COCO Donuts, located in the historic upper part of Brussels, attracts customers from all over Belgium with its revolutionary sweets. No greasy dough, overly sweet toppings or industrial taste, but handmade and freshly baked brioche donuts with local and organic ingredients. Portions are huge, the atmosphere is cosy… and donuts sell out quickly. So make sure you arrive on time to get a taste of theSE heavenly creations.Visit the website

HANNEMANS

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Hannemans is the creative alter ego of Hanne Hofmans, a young designer who loves to get creative with wood. Her style can be described as minimal, but always with a playful twist. Her latest collection of handmade furniture and home accessories is named 'TIERRA', which refers to her affinity for pure design and honest materials. This results in furniture without fittings or screws; all parts just fall into place and support each other. Simplicity, sustainability and connectivity are central to this collection. Can we have it all please?Visit the website

CENT PUR CENT

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All her life, make-up artist Caroline Rigo had been looking for products that wouldn’t irritate her sensitive skin. Since she could find no such thing, she decided to start her own make-up brand with 100% natural ingredients. That’s when Cent Pur Cent was born. Unlike other make-up brands that use artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, dehydrating talc and clogging oils, Cent Pur Cent products contain solely natural minerals, which makes them a godsend for hypoallergenic skin types. Sounds too good to be true? Just take your girlfriends to one of their - free - workshops and decide for yourself.Visit the website

BAKED

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When hosting a party you want to impress your guests. With a great outfit, a fabulous location, a nice music band… or a heavenly dessert buffet. That’s where BAKED steps in. Five years ago, owner Karolien switched her psychology study books for baking recipes and she hasn’t regretted her decision ever since. And neither do we! But what is it about her pastries and cakes that makes them stand out? Well, the fresh ingredients, pure flavours and inventive combinations, to begin with. And of course, their good looks. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.Visit the website

Beauty is the opposite of perfection. It’s about confidence, charisma and character.”

JO & JUDY

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Ok, we admit it, planning and organisation has never been our strong suit. However, that’s about to change now we discovered this female-run start-up company called JO & JUDY. Unlike your usual pen and paper supplier, they want to bring inspiration and motivation to daily life with unique, beautiful and super practical stationery products like calendars, planners and postcards, but also posters, prints and lifestyle pieces. Our personal favourite is their planner ‘She designed the life she loved’, the perfect combination of a calendar and notebook, filled with motivational tips and handy to do lists. Deadlines? Bring it on!Visit the website

GRAAF.

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After a trip to Portugal, Gwynn and Kenzo came up with the idea to open a B&B in their hometown Ghent. They love the atmosphere and stories that visitors bring from all over the world because it makes them feel like being on holiday themselves. And that’s how Graaf. was born. The three rooms, named after the former owners of the place, all have their own unique style. For decorating them, they were inspired by no less than 30 local designers. From the furniture to the wall paint, everything is Belgian. And what’s even better, it’s all for sale!Visit the website

CÎME

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Summer is coming, time to tan! Help your skin by scrubbing it with the Magnificent Mandarin scrub salt from CÎME, a completely ecological scrub! Simply wet your skin, add a few drops of l'Huile - the dry oil from the range - to a handful of salt crystals and start scrubbing. By removing dead skin cells, your skin will immediately feel softer and healthier. This makes you tan faster and keeps your complexion longer. Even if you use a self-tanning lotion, scrubbing is very important. It gives you a result without stains. And last but not least, moisturizing creams do their work better after scrubbing. So there are plenty of reasons to exfoliate during the summer months!Visit the website

The most beautiful people wear their hearts on their sleeves and their souls in their smiles"Mark Anthony

AP8

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There’s no place like home… except for the apartments from AP8! Located in front of the city park of Aalst, this place has two design apartments for rent. Whether you’re a tourist on city trip, a business woman in need of a room to spend the night or an expat looking for a place to live, owners Filip and Tina welcome you with open arms. The great thing about this place is that you can customize your stay. And we’re not talking about breakfast or an extra set of towels here. Fresh flowers, a Christmas tree or even a fish to keep you company: you name it, they arrange it. The only thing for you left to worry about, is choosing which apartment to pick: Ms. Flamingo or Mr. Horn fish?Visit the website

4OCEAN

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Saving the world by shopping? Count us in! When Alex and Andrew, two surfers and ocean enthusiasts, took a trip to Bali they were shocked by the alarming amounts of trash floating around in the water. To stop the pollution of their beloved ocean, they founded 4Ocean. By selling bracelets made from recycled waste, they are able to pay local fishermen to ‘fish’ trash out of the ocean. Each bracelet sold represents 1 pound of trash pulled from the ocean and coastlines. After 4 years, they already reached a total of more than 480,000 pounds. Amazing right? Let’s keep that number rising! Because who knew jewelry made out of trash could look so cute?Visit the website

CHEZ CLAIRE

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After haute dogs and haute frites, there’s a new player in town! Chez Claire now presents ‘haute éclairs’. Every bit as good as the old chocolate-vanilla éclairs, but way more exciting. Make your choice between thirteen - yes, you read it right - different tastes, including cuberdon, salted caramel or mango passion. Combine with a coup of ‘Cuvée Claire’, their champagne brand, to take tea time to the next level. Or, if you’re in a rush, just go for a take away box - so pretty! - and enjoy these delicious sweets at home. Bye bye macarons, we’ve found a new love.Visit the website

ESSENZI

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These days, relaxing is an art and Essenzi masters it. With a sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, infrared sauna and optional swimming pool, this private wellness complex has everything you need to completely unwind. Make your choice between the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the ‘Naturals’ room or the minimalistic ‘Barragan’ room, inspired by the famous eponymous Mexican architect. When it comes to hygiene, this place sets the new standard. How they manage to keep that ‘never-used-before’ look, we can only guess. Not a big fan of the typical nature sounds? Just put on your favourite Spotify list and you’re ready for some hours of pure relaxation.Visit the website

LA CERISE SUR LE GÂTEAU

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Springtime has finally arrived; the perfect time to give your interior a make-over! No need to paint your walls or buy new furniture, simply changing your household linen will already have a major impact. La Cerise sur le Gâteau shakes up home textile with fresh colours, funny quotes, original patterns and golden polkadots, their trademark. Just browsing through their collection already gets us in a good mood, let alone being surrounded by these lovely designs all day. Their aim? Spreading cheerfulness and lightness. Let’s just say, mission accomplished!Visit the website

EVA SCHREUDER

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Heartfelt and handmade. These two words perfectly describe Eva Schreuder’s jewelry collection. She thinks of jewelry as more than just accessories; to her they are small pieces of art whose value can only be determined by the person wearing it. “Just like a poem consists of words and the silence in between, my designs are lost without the sentiments and memories of the wearer”, says Eva. Besides designing small collections, she also does custom made pieces. If you want to surprise that special someone with a non-traditional gift, made with care and love for detail, this is the woman you’re looking for.Visit the website

FACTORIJ 10

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Have you ever spent the night in an old cigar factory? If not, we can definitely recommend Factorij 10. This lovely B&B, located in the Belgian countryside, proved to be the perfect weekend escape. Owners Martine and Dirk give you a warm welcome while sharing interesting facts about the history of the building. If you’re impressed with the entry hall, wait until you see their luxurious furnished rooms. Providing all comfort you need, including wellness facilities, they managed to preserve the industrial atmosphere by using a lot of wood, steel and glass elements. Fun fact: the rooms are all named after cigar brands. One ‘Porte-bonheur’ for me please!Visit the website

LA FABRIQUE

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If you like your brunch to rhyme with “lavish” and “I’ll have some more toast to dip into my egg, please”, then take note. La Fabrique, snugly located in the gorgeous old Orangerie amid the lush greenery of Brussels’ Parc d’Egmont, serves brunch as if it were an art form. We’d be out of breath before we can list all the delicacies (Lemon curd crêpes! Fresh fruit salad! Home-made everything!) displayed on their comptoir, so lets’ just agree that brunch is the most important meal of the day and this is just the place to have it. And remember: if you’re ever asked to choose between savoury and sweet: don’t.Visit the website

A smile is the most beautiful curve on a woman’s body”BOB MARLEY

MANON LES SUITES

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Copenhagen has always been high on our list and even more so now we discovered its newest hot-spot Manon Les Suites. This one-of-a-kind hotel with a sun-trap roof terrace and roomy apartment suites set around a dramatic pool area, is just a few minute’s walk from some of the city’s most attractive sight and areas. The place has a very laid-back vibe with influences ranging from New York urban, Bali tropical, Ibiza beach to African safari. To say somewhere has the wow factor may a cliche, but in this case it’s spot on: no-one walks into that eminently Instagrammable atrium without ‘Wow!’ing out loud.Visit the website

OH LOU LOU!

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“Beauty is simple. It is about feeling alive, loving, compassion, giving and caring and being unapologetically ourselves.” Amen to that. Oh Lou Lou! surely knows how to get a woman’s attention. This Belgian-based start-up company uses an all-natural approach to create simple, yet revolutionary skincare products. Although this beauty brand is all about the inside, we have to admit it’s the packaging that caught our eye. Beau-ti-ful. Our favourite? That would be the body butter with coconut, mango and sheabutter. Bye bye dull winter skin!Visit the website

TEXAS COFFEE

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There’s no such thing as too many coffee bars. Especially not of the kind that also serve American breakfast. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that Texas Coffee was on top of our must-visit list. Apart from serving the usual lattes and espressos, this place excels in offering its guests a unique tasting experience. Make your choice between a coffee cone, freakshake or Kopi Luwak, which is made from one of the most expensive coffee beans in the world - trust us, you don’t want to know why. Or how about a Death Wish Coffee, a.k.a. the world's strongest coffee? Only for true daredevils. Drinking coffee will never be the same!Visit the facebookpage

A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink”Gina Carey

PALM VAULTS

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It’s pastel pink, it’s leafy, it’s super cute… it’s Palm Vaults, better known as London’s most Instagrammable coffee place and now officially number one on our places-to-visit-before-you-die list. Their mouthwatering cakes are reason enough to book a one-way ticket to London, and that was even before we found out they added glitter coffee to their menu. Yup, it’s a thing. We would like to describe their incredibly creative menu but since they change it almost every week, depending on what they can get their hands on, it wouldn’t be of much use. Let’s just say that it’s some sort of Disneyland for foodies. See you there?Discover on instagram

OHHIO CHUNKY KNITS

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On grey days like these we prefer to stay nice and warm inside. And we just might have found the perfect pastime. The chunky DIY arms knits from Ohhio have first conquered Instagram and now also our heart. Yes, you read that right: arm knits. By using nothing else than your arms and of course the super soft Ohhio yarns, which are made of 100% merino wool, you can create the perfect chunky knit blanket in just a matter of minutes. Just watch one of their tutorials to get started. Not really the creative type? No worries, the blankets are for sale too.Visit the website

SPICES OF MARRAKECH

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Ask any chef in the world and he will tell you that seasoning is the secret to culinary success. Apart from the traditional salt, pepper and nutmeg it can be quite challenging though to find those special spices which you need to prepare that gorgeous looking recipe. Now that was before you heard of Spices of Marrakech. At their stand at the Markthal in Rotterdam, this family-run business offers colourful spices from all over the world. Having a hard time choosing? Then we suggest you try the ‘Marrakech mix’, their specialty. A well-kept family secret that was perfected over many years to become a versatile flavour bomb that will change the way you cook forever.Visit the website

MARY WHITE VODKA

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What we like about Mary White Vodka? Better ask what we don’t like, because that answer is simple: absolutely nothing. This 100% pure Belgian Premium Vodka is named after Mary White, the first female bootlegger. Like Mary herself, its creators want to offer a feminine alternative to the male dominated world of spirits. Drinking Mary White Vodka is experiencing, we quote “a distinctive touch of grain in the nose, a fully developed tingly flavour on the palate, a smooth and silky texture on the tongue, and an epic aftertaste.” Sounds like our kind of drink. Oh, and did you see that gorgeous bottle?Visit the website

GELLIUS

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You have Italian cuisine and then you have Gellius. We can’t find the right words to describe their wonderful dishes but let us say that the Italians wouldn’t mind making the trip to Knokke for this. From the carpaccio and risotto to the dolces and vinos, everything is top-notch. And the same can be said about the atmosphere. Cosy dim lights, vintage pictures on the wall, ceramic plates on the table, even a real Vespa… they saved costs nor effort to create the perfect setting. And we must admit: it does make the food taste even better. A table for two please!Visit the website

DECOPUR

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We are not claiming to be experts in colour psychology, but what we do know is that a harmonious colour palette creates a peaceful interior. And we all want that, right? Lucky for us, the home linen collection from DECOPUR follows the same philosophy. They focus on durability, which translates in the use of subtle colours and natural fabrics. What this means for you? No blankets and tablecloths that you throw away after one season because they’re outdated, but timeless quality linen that you can use over and over again. Without getting tired of them, that is. Did we mention they’re Belgian?Visit the website

Wildflowers & Wodka

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It’s no secret we’re totally obsessed with flowers. In a vase on our coffee table, as a print on our clothes and now - this is our latest thing - as a crown on our head. The only question is… where can you find flower crowns? Well, we decided it’s more fun to make them ourselves. The lovely Loes from Wildflowers & Wodka organises workshops in which she teaches you how to make a Pinterest perfect flower crown. Cocktails, beats and a great atmosphere included. Perfect for a fun night out with the girls! No creative skills? You can also order beautiful flower arrangements for your next party. Don’t forget to invite us!Visit the website

A wild place

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Famous Antwerp-based restaurant L’épicerie du Cirque marked a change with two new hotspots. The night-time equivalent of its daytime food bar Moss, Bar Palmier is a sized down Amazon Forest. Be amazed as all around you there are tropical showers, cascading waterfalls and palm trees. Guests enjoy raw vines, craft beers and refreshing cocktails. Their bestseller taco’s complete the culinary portfolio: crab and bacon, smoked mackerel or mussels. With a little extra imagination you take place in the Game of Thrones chair. Visit the toilets once, or maybe even twice, because writing on the walls is perfectly allowed. Let’s say there’s something for everyone.Visit the website

Studio Arhoj

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When shopping for our interior we always have one rule in mind. Does this make us happy? Well, the ceramics from Studio Arhoj surely do! This Copenhagen based design store unites Scandinavian simplicity and the traditional Japanese culture in unique one-of-a-kind objects, hand-crafted according to traditional methods such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. They use different materials like wood, clay, porcelain, paper and glass but the main focus is always on form, which simply means they want to create beautiful things. Ah, a brand after our own heart!Visit the website

That's toast

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Health gurus say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and who are we to argue with that? Taking their advice to heart, we visited That’s Toast in Bruges where they serve the most mouthwatering dishes: from a traditional English breakfast to a healthy salmon avocado toast or a more experimental mushroom-hummus-egg sandwich. Breakfast is served in generous portions and - here comes the best part - all day long! Even if you’re not feeling hungry their courtyard garden is a nice place to give your feet and thoughts some rest while enjoying a cup of coffee or some freshly squeezed juice. Visit now, because we have the feeling that soon their will be lines out the door.Visit the facebookpage

Lasso jewelry

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Beauty lies in simplicity. That’s one thing we and Lasso Jewelry have in common. This Belgian brand stole our heart with their pure and simple, yet intricate and luxurious looking creations. Timeless as they are, these are the kind of jewels you’ll pass on to the next generation. On top of that, all their designs are handmade which means you’ll never spot someone wearing the exact same jewel. We could go on endlessly about their superior quality and great looks, but we prefer to let the jewelry itself do the talking.Visit the website

Beauty catches the attention, but character catches the heart"Ritu Ghatourey

Het Raadhuys

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Time to recharge your batteries? No better place to soak up the quietness than Het Raadhuys, a guest house in the charming little village of Kessel. A stone’s throw from De Keverberg castle, this 19th-century building was the former town hall until the current owners Marij en Theo transformed it into a design B&B in 2012. Names like the Secretary room and the Archive room highlight the remarkable history of the building. Our personal favourite however is the Mayor’s room. More a suite than a room, it features a deluxe rain shower, a beautifully designed bath, a king size box-spring bed and a glorious view over the patio garden and the river Meuse. In short, everything you need to completely unwind.Visit the website

Charlie’s world

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With life as short as the flutter of an eyelash, why would you want to fill your sight with anything but the extraordinary? This is when Charlie is coming to your rescue! Charlie’s world is the result of 2 people, in love with the world, design and all things beautiful. Thomas and Noella transformed an enormous space just outside of Deinze into the next crème de la crème for rock’n’roll design furniture and accessories. What’s the finishing touch? There’s regularly an exhibition, concert or workshop to attend and if that doesn't entice you, maybe the designer list will: Vitra, Ligne Roset, Zanotta, Woud, String and Spectrum Design at your service!Visit the website

Light a candle

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Jo Malone. It may as well be renamed as the “Ultimate Land of Fragrance Dreams”, but Jo Malone is easier to write down on your future wishlist. The scent master, yes it is a woman, orchestrates a world of bespoke luxury. Whether it’s the smell of a Mediterranean garden, a summer cocktail or the natural scent of home, each handmade candle is unique to you. Shape the mood with a broad range of delicious scents, from deluxe home sprays to travel candles and transform every room with a fusion of fragrance. So, get me one for the holidays and we’ll be best friends forever?Visit the website

Loft Living

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Don’t get us wrong, we love those interior design stores who have secured their place in the history books of interior design, but we’re also suckers for fresh talent and inspiration. Are you looking for a new design table or an eye-catching lamp for your entrance hall? Loft Living in Nieuwpoort-Bad has got you covered! This family business has beautiful and unique design items in store, but they also offer complete makeovers for your home. And it even gets better. Planning a seaside weekend and you are an extreme lover of good night’s sleep, design and comfort? Loft Living now rents its Garden Suite as a little holiday getaway. And everything in there is for sale too! Talking about a complete designer heaven on Belgian grounds!Visit the website

Kundalini Yoga

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Why follow the successful yoga teacher Goedele Leyssen? She’s modern, fresh and hip! In a previous life she was the beauty & health editor for Feeling Magazine, but her mindset changed when she lived in an ashram in India and practiced yoga every day. She quit her job and now she teaches a special yoga workshops and lectures in Belgium and far abroad. Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity." The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. Happy mind, happy body, happy soul!Visit the website

Rock'n'roll eclairs

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Summer is not only felt in the weather, it is also evident in L’Éclair de Génie’s Parisian menu: imagine smooth choux with shiny glazing, generous filling and unique flavours such as Citron Yuzu, Pistachio Orange and Blueberry Chestnut. Wait, what? Well the story begins in the 19th century, when eclairs have always been limited to 2 basic flavours: chocolate and vanilla. When one day, a young talented pastry chef Christophe Adam decided to make an orange eclair. And before he knew it, L’Eclair de Génie was born, which literally translates to “a flash of genius”. He makes the most unusual decorated eclairs: modern, colourful and a little rock n’ roll. So, when in Paris make sure you stop by, because you’ll never see eclairs in the same way!Visit the website

ARTSY LADY

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Knokke offers more than only sun, sea and shopping sprees. Whenever you are near the coast, think about visiting this cultural hot spot. Absolute Art Gallery has been a mainstay in the art world for over ten years, exhibiting a bounty of contemporary paintings, sculptures and photos by renowned Belgian and international artists. The gallery represents about 25 artists who employ modern techniques to suggest facts, landscapes and characters, which somehow belong to an indefinite space and time situated in our collective memory. If you still haven’t had enough of this art beauty, go through their web shop and buy some of their arty books too, because we know you’re an artsy lady!Visit the website

The sky is the limit

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Look… A majestic bird flies high in the sky! It is an eagle soaring over the hills and forest of the Syöte national park. Looking for a place to build his nest. And it has found it: a comfortable and special place high up on the Iso Syöte hilltop with a splendid 360 degrees free view in all directions. Let us take a glimpse inside: a tree is growing in the middle, going up to the second floor. Walls and even the roof are made of glass. A unique chance to admire the midnight sun in summer and the dance of the Northern Lights in the sky in the winter. Lying on the bed or enjoying a relaxing bath in the jacuzzi, while overlooking the unspoiled nature all around you, like an eagle, admire the scenery and almost touch the sky!Visit the website

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophisticationLeonardo Da Vinci

Posada Mirador

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The highest point of the Copper Canyon. Panoramic views. Surrounded by pine trees. Marble decor. Only a few qualities for this deluxe hotel, which appears to be etched out of the natural rock itself. Its beautiful structure is unique in architecture and decor and each luxurious room has a spectacular view overlooking the awe-inspiring scenery from the rim of the canyon! From the hotel you might take a horseback to see the Tarahumara Indians who live in the canyon caves below or if you are really adventurous, hike down to the canyon floor. A helicopter tour is also an option, if you want to watch eagles swoop overhead or even below you. A birdwatching paradise it is!Visit the website

Oh my foodness!

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Amsterdam is about to get so famous for something green, and this time it isn’t a leaf. We’re talking about avocados, and plenty of them. Enough, in fact, to fill an entire restaurant menu. If you're a fan of avocado with anything, make sure your passport isn't expired. The Avocado Show opened in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood, so you'll have the perfect oasis for a one-of-a-kind meal. And the perfect Instagram, too. That's because every item on the menu in some way, contains the green superfruit and it truly doesn’t disappoint: they serve delicious avocado-bun burgers, intriguingly-sweet avocado chocolate smoothies and the classic avocado toast. We know for sure: the avocado craze isn’t going anywhere just yet.Visit the website

Food art on the plate

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It is well worth the 10-minute walk out of the city centre of Ghent to discover Volta, a restaurant run by the genial young chef Davy Depourcq. Housed in a former electric power station, it's no wonder there is such a spark between the clientele and the team working in the kitchen. The dynamic chef creates little art pieces on your plate, championing fine local products and most of them are prepared on the spot. The bio vegetables from the vegetable garden gave Volta the Gault Millau title for the Best Vegetable restaurant in 2013. If that doesn’t convince you yet, then the industrial interior with the wealth of exciting flavours, aromas and colours of the delicious cocktails will!Visit the website

La butte aux bois

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, where is the most fairy-tale spa of them all? Well, if Snow White had to plan a day of wellness and relaxing, Hostellerie La Butte aux Bois would be her second home. Lost in nature, this amazing spa is an exceptionally beautiful country estate located in the heart of a verdant wooded area. The majestic garden with its avenues and idyllic spots will take you into reveries of times gone by. The property was originally built for the knight, Sir Lagasse de Locht and his family, but today it is a huge and highly versatile hotel in an elegant and distinguished decor. Total tranquillity and harmony with nature in all its glory, isn’t that all we need to boost our inner Snow White from time to time?Visit the website

A moment with the butterflies

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Hotspot spotted! The pop-up bar on the seaside of Knokke-Heist has an extremely high Pinterest level and not only because of the interior. While drinking your afternoon tea or enjoying the delicious sweets from the famous patisserie Gaelens, you are also in sweet little company of hundreds of exotic butterflies. Do we need to say more? At the height of summer, the Exhibition Hub will allow visitors to experience this unique event for the very first time in Belgium. A venue where you can enjoy upscale drinks and food, surrounded by flying butterflies to admire freely. Oh yes, and if that is not enough, there’s a terrace with breathtaking sea views, overlooking the natural coast... An enchanting setting it is!Visit the website

Without elegance of the heart, there’s no eleganceYSL

SUMMERY ELDERFLOWER

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Providing a summery twist to the classic gin and tonic, the sweet floral flavour of the elderflower works refreshing, offering a light and subtle character. During the month of June elderflower blooms all over the country side, you won’t have to walk far to find the elegant white flower standing proud in the hedgerow. You can collect the flowers on a dry warm day, the earlier the better as the scent is more intense. So the quick bit is you can just add the flowers, the sugar and the gin into a jar and stir it up. And the long bit: leave for a week until the gin has turned a honey colour. Now the fun bit… Drink it! Serve with apple juice & mint, or mix with lemonade & freeze for some very grown-up ice lollies. Cheers!Visit the website

MYTH OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA

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Cannes we check in this place asap please? Hidden from curious eyes inside its 9 hectares park, the Cap-Eden-Roc Hotel is a veritable Garden of Eden, that will exceed all your expectations.
If it’s not the glittering settings overlooking the azure sea, then it is the private parkland with the swaying Riviera palms and centuries old pine trees. Artists and writers made it their preferred site on the Côte d’Azur, soon to be joined by the aristocracy and later by movie stars. Centuries later, the legend continues. There is a plaque in the garden quoting French writer Anatole France: ‘What will be, is what was", and so we are dreaming further away to once experience a magical stay in Cap-Eden-Roc.Visit the website

LIVE LIKE AN ITALIAN

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You think you walked into another ordinary Italian place? You thought wrong, because Baracca takes the Italian love for food sharing to a next level. Located in the centre of Leuven, it’s one of the city’s top destinations for refined, upscale Italian cuisine. Their inspiration? The lovely Italian ancestors who worked in the coal mines during the day. In the evening they met in wooden barracks to share their life stories while eating and drinking together. That’s how the name Baracca was born. The togetherness and hospitality between different generations of people is what they want to achieve. An all-Italian vibe is shown with Instagram worthy showstopping dishes, intended for sharing and enjoying together. Salute!Visit the website

THE BEAUTY OF ELECTRONIC WASTE

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Ever wondered if it would be possible to transform worthless plastic parts into elegant jewelry? Dream no further, jewelry designer Billie Van Nieuwenhuyzen is reaching the top with her research project EDELPLAST. Inspired by the ecological benefits and the expressive potential in upcycling cable waste, her unique jewelry collection is all about our fast-paced throwaway lifestyle. She chooses to hand weave all kinds of wires, which is a very slow and traditional technique. The flat woven surfaces are pressed and melted, followed by cutting techniques to create intricate patterns. These can range from very graphic images to almost marble like patterns. Happy colours, ethnic and a bit of marmer-ish. But a lot of must-have-ish!Visit the website

Perfect pottery

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Atelier Turquoise is a story about family and a passed-on love for colours. A mother and daughter’s hunt for unique combinations of one-of-a-kind decorative items and tasteful tableware. Kristien De Ridder is a ceramic artists with a keen taste for bright designs that will spice up any interior. Daughter Charlotte, a fashion stylists with a heart for deco, is the one responsible for the bold pictures and smart branding. The results of their collaboration are impossible not to fall in love with. They say the eyes do half the tasting. We couldn’t agree more: with these pink platters and cheerfully decorated bowls, any meal becomes a true feast.Visit the website

Feel like a Greek goddess

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If you like your Ouzo ‘on the rocks’, then this place is about to raise your heartbeat to a jungle drum. Villa Aura in Santorini, Greece, begins on the cliff and extends into the hillside, boasting both incredible views of the sea and cozy, intimate rooms cut into the rock. Just because it’s a villa in a cave, does not mean you have to live anything like a caveman. Oh no. You’ll have a private pool to splash in, a breakfast cook when you decide to roll out of bed and a view that’s to die for. Stroll down to the lively bars in Santorini or head out to the beach for a taste of the best seafood around. Trust us: holidays have never looked this mighty fine!Visit the website

Exclusive dining on the Cadzand seaside

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Staying at the seaside and in need of a little adventure paired with some fine cuisine? We have just the thing for you. Sergio Herman is about to open Air Republic, a cosy brasserie serving honest dishes, straight out of the sea. Right up Herman’s alley, as the restaurant in the harbour of lovely Cadzand takes him back to his roots in Zeeland. If you prefer munching on the beach, you can even take away some bites from the AIRcafé. But the best part is this: you can skip the waves all the way to the restaurant by taking a water taxi from anywhere on the Belgian coast. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect holiday treat, we don’t know what does.Visit the website

The Pharmacy

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No, it’s not a pharmacy in the literal use of words, but this cocktail bar near the coast of Knokke-Heist comes really close to that definition. Their first-class science and technique of preparing, mixing and inventing says it all. What makes the speakeasy bar even more special, is the hidden location. You have to spot it first! The business is run by Belgium’s only genuine cocktail family: father Jan Van Ongevalle and his children, Ran and Hannah, who ranks among the top 12 bartenders in the world. They offer a huge range of specially selected outstanding spirits, which can be enjoyed in an authentic, London-themed decor with an exceptional hospitality. That being said, an evening to remember is definitely guaranteed!Visit the website

Byredo fragrances

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2016 taught us that genders are fluid. Clearly, we’re late to the party, since over at Byredo, they have long since understood that the division doesn’t apply. Ben Gorham was so intrigued by scent after travelling to his mother's hometown in India, he starting blending raw materials in simple aromatic compositions. Stark design, surprising mélanges and names like Bibliothèque and Baudelaire should be enough to tickle your nose, shouldn’t they?Visit the website

Fresh flowers

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What a delight to enter a room with a vase of freshly cut flowers. In fact, wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a touch of nature in the midst of you home, all year round? With Blomster, you can subscribe to a weekly bouquet like you would to a magazine. This Antwerp shop offers a fresh selection of flora, delivered right to your door. Of course, if you prefer to pick your own beauties, you are more than welcome to be inspired by the delicious fragrances of petals at the shop, located in Antwerp’s Eilandje district. Careful though, the many magazines on display might give you ideas to turn your whole interior into a jungle!Visit the website

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’."Robin Williams

A taste of Mexico

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In Mexico they keep a good eye on their traditional spirit: the mezcal. It’s our friend tequila's older, mysterious, and more complex little brother. The roots of mezcal stretch far into history: created from the rustic mixture known as pulque, and along with sombreros and luchadores, it is now deeply ingrained in Mexico’s culture. Its strong, intensive flavour still made its way to our bars and restaurants, because we just love it so much in our cocktails. We bet your Spanish will go loco!

A table a Paris

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Three star chefs, nine sophisticated dishes, only one place to be. This summer you will experience a unique culinary journey at Hotel George V: the ultimate decadent fine dining in the heart of Paris. Located just steps from the Champs-Elysées with private terraces that command all of Paris and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, Hotel George V redefines luxury in the City of Lights. A dream location for a romantic tête-à-tête, with that gorgeous dress as an extra eye-catcher!Visit the website

Fancy French Fries

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Sergio Herman does it again: not only does he work his magic on traditional dishes, but now you can dine in the first Frites Atelier in Antwerp. You would think: a Dutch top chef who tries to equal our famous French fries, that’s so daring! But this haute fast food hotspot should be on top of your list! Sergio celebrates his predilection for potatoes and makes the luxury version of our Belgian pride. The first class golden marble interior you get for free. Add that extra mayo right away!Visit the website

British breakfast

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Eat, sleep, breathe, repeat. If you’re looking for a city escape that allows for a little time-out, Leman Locke deserves a spot at the very top of your list. This East London pied-à-terre is not quite a hotel, but not quite an apartment either. If anything, these spacious rooms with a kitchen and a cosy sofa feel like home. Enjoy your view of the city, have a bite at the gorgeous in-house restaurant or ask the chef for a nice recipe and get cracking in the kitchen. You can stay for just one night or live there for a year, just don’t leave before trying the Himalayan Hibiscus Body Cleanse — it’s godlike.Visit the website

Delbôve cosmetics

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Imagine an alternative universe where beauty rituals are based on pure science and a touch of fairytale magic. Delbôve’s signature product is called the Crème Sorcière (yes, that’s French for witch cream). Combined with the Eau Sorcière, which will make your classic soap completely superfluous, eternal youth is simply yours for the taking. Instead of tackling skin malfunctions on the surface, these products stimulate your skin to reinvigorate its natural functions much more spontaneously. Don’t you just love it when science and sorcery come together in order to make you prettier?Visit the website

Elisa Lee

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Elisa Lee is the moniker of Elisabeth Leenknegt, a lady that harbours both taste and talent. Born into a family of glass artists, she applies her heritage and expertise to the manufacture of timeless jewellery. Her hand-forged pieces combine precious metals with delicate air bubbles, perpetually caught in glass that is as versatile as it is colourful. Every single ring or necklace is made in Elisabeth’s workshop in Ronse, where she draws inspiration from phenomena ranging from butterflies to Japanese cherry blossoms. Now if only someone would be a darling and surprise us with a ring…Visit the website

Studio Kan/o

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Two girls, one brand. Studio Kan/o is the joint project of Valérie Hellebaut and Stien Bekaert, damsels with a keen sense of style and extensive savoir-faire when it comet to dyeing fabric. If you go ‘mmmmarble’ upon encountering a slab of stone, their pillows and billowing room dividers are about to make your heart skip a beat or two. Being a pair of ladies who make wise choices, they very carefully choose their collaborations as well. Have a look at the gorgeous afrormosia bench made by Atelier Tactile, along with its handprinted custom pillows, or the Eskimo boxers basking in hues of blue. Fingers crossed for some marbles ladies’ knickers next!Visit the website

Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”Grace Kelly

Artlead

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Who ever said you needed to be a millionaire to adorn your walls with art? Pick your favourite piece on artlead, a platform that helps you discover today’s finest artists at prices that won’t exclude you from a little beach time come summer. How does it work? artlead selects pieces from museums, institutions and galleries and sells these limited editions online. Browse through their extensive gallery with emerging artists appearing next to Luc Tuymans or Dirk Braeckman. Two clicks and you’ll have art delivered right to your door. Ain’t that fresh?Visit the website

Raw Salad Company

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Health is wealth is the credo at the Raw Salad Company. And no, healthy does not rhyme with munching tasteless lettuce like a rabbit. With these salads, there’s no need to dig deep to get at the good bits: there’s only good bits. Have a Libanon Lover or a raw Pad Thai from the menu or be your own chef and mix your favourite ingredients as you please. Add a freshly squeezed juice on to your order, top it all off with raw carrot cheesecake and wait for the door bell to ring. Because yes, these healthy beauties are delivery-only in Antwerp and Ghent. We’re already dialling for lunch today.Visit the website

The Ivy, Dublin

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How would you feel about adding some Irish to your coffee? Sure, whiskey is nice, but the right setting really does make a difference, wouldn’t you agree? And where better to spike your roasted beans than Dublin? The Ivy sits right on the corner of Dame and Parliament Street, offering you a view of the beautiful city hall. Just what you need to catch your wits after a stroll along the Liffey, or if the never-ending supply of Irish rain drops has soaked your every piece of clothing. In fact, make that Irish coffee double. Sláinte!Visit the website

Sketch London

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Imagine a powdery pink dining room, lined with hundreds of drawings by David Shrigley. The food is exquisite — awarded with two Michelin stars, no less — but you can also just rest your weary feet in the parlour after a bout of shopping. Savour some afternoon tea and scones, then, at about gin tonic o’clock, stroll into the exquisitely wallpapered fairy-tale called The Glade for a cocktail you’ll definitely remember. Trust us, this is Disneyland for grown-ups.Visit the website

The Belmonte Cultural Club - Lisbon

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In a city that titillates your senses in a swirl of smells and colours, allow yourself a little breather in the Palácio Belmonte patio. Uncork a bottle of fine local wine and take in the scenery: the terracotta floor of the Music Room, ancient arches carrying thick iron walls. Have we mentioned the exquisite artworks yet? Nah, maybe best to keep those as a surprise.Visit the website

I’ve never seen elegance go out of style.”Sonya Teclai

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Cannes

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Forget about Tinseltown, Cannes by night truly is the city of stars. Even when the famous film festival and all the red carpets are still months away, the city emanates a timeless grandeur. Our tip for far niente at the Riviera in true movie star style? The pebbly beach at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, surrounded with winding trees and just a stone’s throw from the bustling Croisette. Just what you needed for a little jeu de boules.Visit the website

Mother Goose Hotel

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Dinner date on Valentine’s Day? Let’s make it into a two-day trip! Take your one and only to the vibrant heart of Utrecht City in the Netherlands for a romantic stay at the authentic Mother Goose Hotel. Find minimalistic, airy rooms on the white goose floor, or maybe you’re more into an earth toned room with a robust appeal to it? It’s yours to pick, this hotel has got them all! Add a phenomenal view of Utrecht’s Dom Tower to it and make it a night to remember. A room for two please!Visit the website

Gä Nord

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Surprise your loved one on a romantic dinner date in Antwerp’s new hotspot. The surrounding greenery of the old coach house paired with an exotic menu will enlighten your evening. Sip away on those cocktails, enjoy a lovely meal, and experience the fusion of nordic and eastern cuisine. Dinner is served!Visit the website

MiraMonti Boutique Hotel

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In MiraMonti Boutique Hotel in Merano, you’ll find a lot of wishes coming true. A room with a view and a salt-water infinity pool? You’ve got it! Slow food in one of the MiraMonti restaurants and a personal trainer to work off all the delicious food right away? That too! Lucky for us, South Tyrol is a great destination in every season. Spring brings the region apple trees and vineyards, while in winter you can have a taste of snow and skiing. Jodelahiti!Visit the website

COCO Donuts

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Forgive us, diet, for we will sin! COCO Donuts in Brussels is the place to be for sweet cheeks and pastry lovers. Pull out the big pants before you visit the shop or order in, cause you will crave more than one COCO. Founding ladies Candice and Chloé use organic and/or local ingredients for creating fresh gourmet donuts in a variety of delicious flavours; white chocolate and pistachio, milk chocolate and coconut, salted caramel, oreo… Thank god calories don't count on the weekend!Visit the website

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things."Jean Cocteau

Julie Van den Meutter textiles

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She’s only 24, but Antwerp graphic and textile designer Julie Van den Meutter has already made her mark on the Belgian interior scene. She’s specialised in the art of hand weaving and creates unique pillows, blankets and room dividers. Julie picks out her own quality yarns and turns them into little pieces of art using her antique Scandinavian loom. Each design is produced 20 times at best, so exclusivity is guaranteed. You can buy her beautiful creations at BOeM in Antwerp or via her website.Visit the website

Hotel Le Montana

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The Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the Notre Dame, the Sacré-Coeur… There’s so much to see in Paris! And the luxurious Hotel Le Montana is yet another item on the list. It’s located in the 6th arr. district, within a stone’s throw of the Louvre. Each of its rooms offers a well-equipped bathroom – yes, we’re talking bathrobes here -, a big soft bed, a coffee machine and a cosy corner to chill in. What else? Just a sweet roof terrace. No way? Yes way!Discover the website

Bellocq

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Since it’s getting colder, it’s time to wave mojito’s and lemonades goodbye and welcome back hot chocolate and tea. And the tea blends of atelier Bellocq we sure like to have with us on the couch on chilly days and evenings. They come in the cutest boxes and in all kind of flavours, from mint with a citrus twist to linden with notes of poppy, chamomile and lavender. Pick your taste and brew away!Discover the website

My Shelf by Anouk

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We’ve all been there; looking for a shelf with the exact right length to fit between our walls. A disappointing quest to say the least. Thank God for My Shelf by Anouk! The wooden pieces are easy to assemble and adjustable in length to fit your needs. Just make your pick out of plywood – birch and oak, and you can mount away! Moving from one place to another? No problem! You can just disassemble the shelves and adjust them again to a new length. May the shelf be with you!Visit the website

Bozar Brasserie

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A visit to the Centre of Fine Arts coming up? Make sure you leave empty stomached, cause the Bozar Brasserie might be the best exposition of all. The art deco interior is food for your eyes, while the menu is a treat for your tummy. What about tenderloin baked in cognac or reared lamb roast with hummus and coriander? Now that’s fine art! What time do we meet?Discover the website

Hôtel de Tourrel

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You could use a break, right? Why not visit the Provence and stay at a magnificent hotel? In Hôtel de Tourrel you can sleep in an elegant suite provided with all the luxury you need, including an XL bath tub and crisp white bathrobes. How idyllic! After a walk down the cute village Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, you can relax with a nice glass of wine on the roof top terrace or with a cocktail next to the pool. What are you waiting for? Jump in your car already! Destination: paradise.Visit the website

King George Café

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Let your inner queen run free at King George Café. It’s the place to be for fresh juices, original salads, tasty cocktails and a creative atmosphere. The café is an initiative of the Mad Creative Agency, a team of innovatory youngsters always up for challenging projects. The interior of the bar is a mix of rustic bricks and safari like ceilings, so it’s a bit crazy, exactly as King George would’ve liked it. The craziness seems to be contagious, since we’re definitely mad about this place!Visit the website

Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love"

Grün

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Off to Bruges, off to Grün! In this fresh deli you can savour yummy food in a beautiful “green” setting. Lots of plants, mint green touches and white ornaments give the lunch place a relaxed vibe. The young Grün-team has seen a lot of the world and brought home some cosmopolitan recipes; Moroccan couscous, Asian noodles with coleslaw,… As a dessert you can consume heavenly and healthy pies from Madame Bakster. Post a photo on the internet and your friends will be Grün with envy!Visit the facebookpage

Rain Pharma

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From now on, the bathroom will be your favourite room in the house! Beauty brand Rain Pharma offers a body line so nice, you just won’t get enough of pampering yourself. Products to try are the foaming shower scrubs, sugar scrubs and milky shower oils. If you prefer skin care out of the shower, Rain Pharma’s body lotions, hand creams and foot products are the essentials. Want more? You can atone outer and inner beauty with the brand’s shakes and nutritional supplements range. Let it Rain Pharma!Visit the website

Vita

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Discovering Vita is like lightening a light bulb. The lampshades are Scandinavian design, straight out of Denmark. You can even see the Danish dunes reflected in the wavy designs, especially of the Carmina collection. When you order, the lamps are wrapped in small packages, to keep the ecological foot print as little as possible. What else we like about Vita? The fluffiness of the lampshades! They remind us of a baby ostrich, which we would of course willingly adopt into our households!Visit the website

Bar Burbure

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Have you been to The Glorious yet? In this restaurant you can enjoy the most – what else? - glorious food, and now the owner opened up a bar next door: Bar Burbure. It’s located in the vibrant South of Antwerp, but holding your cognac, gin or cocktail, it’ll feel like you’ve travelled to Milan or even Manhattan. A cheap way to travel, isn’t it? Drinks to try are Lust for life and The emperor’s garden. D to the licious! It’s safe to say the next night out with the girls just found its location.Visit the website

Be a girl with mind, a woman with attitude and a lady with class"

LX Boutique Hotel

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Always dreamed of spending a night in a library? Then you must visit LX Boutique Hotel in Lisbon! The rooms have the coolest wall paper that makes you feel like you’re surrounded by books. Go to sleep with Dostojevski and wake up next to Hemingway! Rather have a room with a less literal view? The River Tagus is just outside your window! The hotel offers a real ‘Lisbon experience’, which includes the nicest continental breakfast. Yummy yummy yummy, you’ve got Lisbon in your tummy!Visit the website

Table Stories

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A day in Ghent nééds to include breakfast, lunch or drinks at Table Stories. No plain sandwiches here, kitchen queen Kimberley only serves innovative dishes like ricotta pancakes, spicy popcorn, cold beet soup and fennel salad. Salivating already? We’re with you! And it gets even better; Table Stories also does catering and take-out. The delicious food doesn’t come in a plain brown doggie bag, but in a tasteful wooden basket, filled with snacks, flowers and even candles! Serve you soon!Visit the website

Self

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Bring out your inner beauty! That’s the motto of beauty brand Self. The products are completely made of natural ingredients like coconut oil, macadamia nuts, argan oil, sheabutter and mandarin. And these healthy fellas sure don’t like parabens and other chemicals in their midst! Both the body and the face line are suitable for every skin type and won’t cause irritation. For those of us dreaming of a soft and healthy skin, Self is the brand to try. Just me, my Self and I.Visit the website

Le Lapin Blanc

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Paris is always a good idea, especially when you’re staying in the beautiful Le Lapin Blanc. The hotel is located in the vibrant Quartier Latin and the result of a cooperation between an architect and an artist. And my god, it’s pretty! Just do like Alice in Wonderland and follow the white rabbit. It will lead you to a fairytale decor of soft pastels and cute 50’s patterns. And delicious croissants of course! Sweet dreams, and bon appetit!Visit the website

Ballekes

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Balls & Glory, the meatball restaurant of TV cook Jan Ballieu, got itself some competition! Ballekes found its home in Brussels and stands for classic meatballs with a modern sauce. Literally! Driving forces Thibault and Laurence used their grandma’s marinara meatballs recipe and experimented with it. On top of ‘ballekes’ in original sauces – think Kriek beer and Sirup de Liège as main ingredients - they offer a whole range of Belgian beers. Visit the restaurant and have a ball!Visit the website

Mineralis by Verilin

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Verilin is known for its beautiful linen and amazes once again with the Mineralis collection. It’s inspired by gemstones in all their purity and authenticity. What’s special about the selection? The subtle graphic designs, the wide range of colours (oh yes, even gold and silver!) and the unbelievable feel to it. Whether you purchase a duvet cover or a tablecloth, Mineralis adds a little sparkle to your room.Visit the website

Mirlo's

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Longing for breakfast but not in the mood to make some yourself? Just go out and have amazing food and drinks at Mirlo’s. Try the French toast once, pine for it always. The pastel themed breakfast and lunch place is located on ‘Het Zuid’ in Antwerp and has the cutest interior. Just your luck; most of it is for sale! Fresh quiche with a quirky lamp on the side? Why not!Visit the facebookpage

Otentic Perfumes

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A whole new generation of perfumes is born; Otentic World. What distinguishes the brand from others is the fact that it pays attention to each individual customer. They put effort into making your perfume as unique as you are by adding specific ingredients. Otentic World offers eight fragrance styles for each mood; from sensual over elegant to seductive. So what’s your mood today?Visit the website

Jacqueline & Compote

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Designer Annelies Verschaeren started out making quirky postcards and ended up with her own collection of jewelry. And are we happy about that! The original necklaces of Jacqueline & Compote lift your outfit to a whole new level. With just three or four wooden hexagons Annelies creates a statement piece. How? By using a combination of beautiful colours of course! Choosing is losing, since you’ll sure want them all.Visit the website

Indie Lee Organic

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Obviously we love the summer, but our skin… not so much. In these hot months it needs to be hydrated and protected more than ever. A good thing we have Indie Lee! The completely natural skin care prevents and soothes summer discomforts and after using it your skin looks amazing. That’s a big win-win, won’t you say? And did we mention all Indie Lee products are ecological and toxin free? Throw in another win, ‘cause Indie Lee is an all round winner!Discover on instagram

Hannemans

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Still looking for that one piece of furniture to give your room that little something something? Get a Hannemans! Scandinavian design but without the accompanying price tag. Designer Hanne Hofmans makes every piece with her own two hands, from Loesje to Willy. That’s right, the wooden furniture with its unique form goes by an equally unique name. We’re already crazy in love with triangle shaped rack Flor!Visit the website

The Hoxton

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Next time you’re planning a weekend trip to Amsterdam, make sure to book a room in the Hoxton. This impressive hotel is made up of 5 canal houses on Herengracht. It looks out at not one but two canals! All the rooms are very quirky and the beds are so soft you wouldn’t mind staying in the beautiful capital of the Netherlands forever. Another cute thing about the Hoxton? You can call up to an hour to anywhere in the world. Time to catch up on that summer romance?Visit the website

Sternum Jewelry

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Just like our clothes, we like our accessories to be timeless yet unique. With Sternum we might have found our perfect match in jewelry land. Their minimalistic approach and industrial influenced materials make sure you can wear their designs with most, if not all of your favourite outfits. Just like the brand name suggests, the designs are stripped of any embellishments and what remains are clean geometrical shapes that are delicate and powerful at the same time.Discover the website

Brood & bloemen

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Cosy candle lights, a hot cup of tea, homemade jam, freshly picked flowers… it are the little things that make life special. What if we would bring all those things together in one place? Brood & bloemen has done exactly that. Beautiful bouquets and abundant breakfasts – to take or to enjoy on the spot - are their specialty, but that doesn’t stop them from offering all other kinds of stuff they love. We know where to send to our partner to next time he goes out to get Sunday brunch.Discover the website

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself"

Thelma Coffee & Design

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Whether you go there to discover new accessory brands, to steal some interior ideas or just for a nice cup of coffee, Thelma wants you to have a good time. And although the concept store has only just opened its doors, it wouldn’t surprise us if this would quickly become the place to be in Leuven. Because its interesting mix of so far undiscovered international brands and promising local ones it must attract the hip and happening, right?Visit the facebookpage

Happiness is something that multiplies when it’s divided"

Shelter7

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Uniting beauty and functionality is and has always been one of Gigue’s focal points. When the balance is right everything just falls into place. And that’s precisely the feeling you get when entering Shelter7. This one-of-a-kind design apartment is the perfect place to escape the city hustle. An interesting mix of statement pieces and unexpected adornments, together with a warm welcome and sincere service, is what sets this place apart.Discover the website

Spa Sereen

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The term ‘wellness resort’ just doesn’t seem sufficient to describe Spa Sereen. Located next to a beautiful lake and surrounded by nature, it is a real Walhalla for wellness lovers. Whether you want to calm your senses or rather prefer an energy boost: this is exactly the place you want to be. The only thing that might cause some stress is the enormous choice of baths, cabins and treatments between which it is almost impossible to choose.Discover the website

B&B DRUUM

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On your next city trip to Brussels you should spend the night in DRUUM, a B&B located in what was previously known as coin du diable - your hosts will tell you all about its legends – a neighbourhood characterized by industrial buildings, factory owners’ mansions and small dwellings for workers. Each room has been designed by a different artist, but they all managed to capture and preserve the industrial character of this magnificent 19th century mansion. Sleep tight and wake up inspired!Visit the website

Supermood

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“One wonder serum cannot solve anything if you don’t take care of yourself.” The Finnish brand Supermood sees beauty care and wellbeing as a combination of natural cosmetics, good sleep and correct nutrition, as an all-round holistic experience. Therefore their products are not based on certain skin types or age categories but on specific moods. The Egoboost series for example is your go to when you “want to feel confident” while Youth Glow makes you “look fresh and well rested”.Visit the website

AU Maison side tables

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Rose gold, copper or silver? Impossible to choose. Lucky for us, AU Maison sells its metallic side tables in sets of three. The clean lines, the serene colours, the overall minimalistic approach… these stunning pieces of furniture prove that the Danish are indeed the masters of design. And let’s be honest, with tables like these, who minds what the rest of your interior looks like?Visit the website

Jackie’s Bagelbar

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Whenever you feel like having something else than your standard sandwich for lunch, you must give Jackie’s Bagelbar a try. Although the shop is located in Ghent, the yummy bagels taste like they come from The Big Apple itself. Whether you go for a Breakie, Saltie or Sweetie, you’re sure to discover new flavours thanks to the unique combinations of spreads and toppings. No wonder Jackie’s bagels are known far outside of town!Visit the website

Bia Mara

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We would never have thought that a restaurant with only one dish could be a success but Bia Mara in Brussels proves us wrong. On the menu? Fish & chips! But not like you’ve had it before. What sets this place apart are the freshness and great variety of seasonal ingredients, the healthier cooking methods, the extensive range of home-made sauces (more than 30!), salts and side dishes, and last but not least, their overall sustainable approach.Visit the website

Hotel Not Hotel

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Hotel Not Hotel is a place in Amsterdam where a room isn’t just a room, but a work of art with its own creator, story, and identity: you can spend the night in a Spanish villa, a crow’s nest, a secret bookcase or even a tram cart. When you wake up, you step into an art-filled, exhibition-like space instead of an anonymous lobby or hallway. The entire hotel is one big living room, with cosy seating areas between the cottages. Definitely not like your regular hotel experience!Visit the website

Chyl

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Brussels’ new hotspot Chyl is about enjoying life, but always with respect for human and nature. Whether it comes to the daily groceries, your eating habits or beauty routines, they always stay true to their mantra: change your lifestyle, cherish your life. With their sustainable shop, café and beauty corner they show how things can be done differently without compromising on quality.
Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website

Forever is composed by nows"

B&B Arck

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Located in Tielrode – a little oasis of peace in between the cities of Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp – this B&B is the perfect place for a weekend escape. Arck is hosted by a couple of architects who decorated the space with a mix of vintage and modern design with Scandinavian and Japanese influences. The rooms are spacious and light and almost seem to blend into the surrounding nature which ensures you can enjoy a very relaxing stay.Visit the website

BODIE and FOU

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As the weather forces us to stay inside, at least for the coming months, we better spend them in an interior we love. Webshop BODIE and FOU gathers all the right things to give your home that chique, design conscious black & white style. The woman behind this addictive online store is the renowned interior and lifestyle blogger Karine Candice Köng, a French girl with Norwegian origins living in the vibrant city of London, which immediately explains on which influences her style is based on.Visit the website

The Sweet Box

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Chocolate and jewelry. Our two main addictions. What if we combine both? That’s in short the simple but oh so genius thought that inspired Olivia des Cressonnières to create the Sweet Box: a beautifully designed jewelry box filled with coloured stones that can be combined according to your mood. Pick your favourite ‘flavours’ just like you would do with a chocolate box. A refined gift to spoil your precious friends and family with!Visit the website

Julie’s House

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We don’t know if it’s because of our sweet tooth, but we cannot pass by Julie’s House without entering the place. Located in the middle of Ghent’s historic center overlooking the Leie river, this cosy pastry house serves the most delicious breakfasts, artisanal pies and colourful homemade cupcakes. The perfect stop for an afternoon tea on your next shopping trip!Visit the website

Alix

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To all hungry people in Ghent and surroundings: we suggest a visit to Alix. The place feels like home – what are we saying? – even better than home! Whether you prefer to picnic in the lovely garden, have an afternoon tea with your best friends or organize a family reunion and have some late night talks over dinner, Alix is happy to open her doors and garden to anyone who is looking for delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere.Visit the website

B&B Spoor62

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Once trains rushed by, dropping of hundreds of travelers every day. Now, the station of Moere, located amidst ancient polders and mysterious forests, is shrouded in silence and as such the perfect place to come to rest. Former ticket offices have been transformed into bedrooms bathing in luxury and serenity and are the perfect starting point for a relaxed weekend getaway.Visit the website

Muller Van Severen

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We’re not sure whether to call it art or design, but one thing we do know is that the creations of Muller Van Severen are not just furniture. By combining a minimum of details with a maximum of colour they create beautiful minimalistic designs from which this gorgeous rocking chair is our absolute favourite. We bet it’s just as comfortable as it is pretty.Visit the website

LoboGato

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Simplicity with a twist. That’s the idea behind the Belgian jewelry collection LoboGato. Creator Veerle De Wolf easily won over the hearts of friends and family with her original and handmade pieces and it didn’t take long before the word spread. Each season she comes up with new geometrical and minimalistic designs but she always stays true to her ideal of timeless elegance.Visit the website

Eten vol leven

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A raw food restaurant will always have supporters and opponents but the organic juices served in Eten vol leven enchant all customers alike. What makes them so unique? The nutritious combination of super seeds and power fruits, the extraordinary taste balances, the most beautiful colour presentations, to name a few. Whichever healthy shot you choose, we promise you will enjoy every sip of it!
And while you’re there, make sure to pop by our Antwerp store!Visit the website

Brushbar

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A hairdresser who doesn’t cut, but blow-dries and on top of that takes care of your makeup. Why has no one thought of this before? Brushbar is not what you'd call an ordinary hairdressing salon. The innovative concept combines hair styling and makeup and is all about the experience. Let the experienced hands of Eli and Natascha take care of you while enjoying a prosecco at the bar. Cheers!
Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in Hasselt!Visit the website

Het Pomphuis

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Got something to celebrate? To fans of the French cuisine and wines we highly recommend having dinner at Het Pomphuis. Although few restaurants have an interior that is as splendid as theirs, try to reserve a table outside. The exquisite dishes taste even better on the terrace with view on the Antwerp docks. Definitely worth a visit for anyone who wants to discover what heaven tastes like.Visit the website

Wu Wei wellbeing center

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No matter what special occasion – romantic celebration, bachelorette party, team building – brings you to Wu Wei, you’re sure to leave the place totally zen. The name of this wellbeing center is inspired on a basic concept in Chinese Tao philosophy which means ‘effortlessly doing’. Sounds like our kind of place! Make sure you visit our Kortrijk store on the way there!Visit the website

'Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"Leonardo Da Vinci

By Mölle

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On top of our wish list? A denim throw from By Mölle. Made from recycled jeans, each piece has its own unique appearance. The authentic look and feel perfectly fit into your modern, timeless interior. Who would have thought an old pair of jeans would look so nice on your sofa?Visit the website

'The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence''

The Van Gifts

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Finding an original present to surprise your loved ones on their birthday can be quite a hassle. Not so for Valerie and Ann of web shop The Van: for them, the hunt is half the pleasure. Cruising through Europe in their retro Volkswagen van, they are always on the outlook for trendy gifts. It’s no coincidence their motto is ‘the joy of giving’. Visit their website to find the ultimate treat for yourself or your closest friends.Visit the website

The Little Green Shop

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New on Gigue’s list of favourite brunch places: The Little Green Shop in Brussels. This flower shop meets tea room serves the most delicious – veggie! – buffet on Sundays: homemade sweets, healthy quiches and fruit skewers to dip into the chocolate fountain. But the best part? You can enjoy all of this surrounded by the sight and smell of fresh flowers. One bouquet to go please!Visit the facebookpage

Barista Ghent

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Tip for the shoppers in Ghent: Barista. It’s not just another coffee bar but an overall experience. Enjoy the smell of their freshly baked bread, the wonderful art on the walls and the charming view on the canal while drinking your authentic Italian coffee. What’s more, they pride their products on being healthy and biological. A great place to go for an afternoon drink and snack. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website

Sacré Sucré Interior Design

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Looking for some interior design advice? We have a new address for you: Sacré Sucré. After eight years of working intensively on all kinds of interior design projects, founder Margot Ghysels built up an impressing database of brands she loved. Lucky for us, she felt the need to share it with others and decided to open her own boutique in Brussels. The store displays a fine selection of furniture, art and objects by designers all around the globe. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website

Herbivore botanicals

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‘The very best ingredients are made in the earth, not in the lab.’ Since 2011 Herbivore Botanicals has been crafting bath and beauty products according to this principle. Their handmade products are 100% natural and contain all essential vitamins and minerals to restore your skin to its optimum health and vitality. The minimal design packaging is a nice extra.Visit the website

The Alfred Collection

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The beauty of the essential. That is what the house linen of The Alfred Collection is all about. Think basic colours and simple lines combined with a great attention to detail. As much care and precision as is put into the design, is put into the execution: the quality of their products is without comparison. Bring an atmosphere of peace into your home with this luxurious collection.Visit the website

All Good snack box

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We’re totally into healthy snacks! All Good is the first homemade raw vegan product line in Belgium. All of their products are free from refined sugars, gluten and dairy. Their snack boxes contain delicious treats with sounding names like Brownie Superfood Truffles, Crunchy Cinnamon Granoa or Almond Cashew Cheese Crackers. Energy boost guaranteed!Visit the website

L:A Bruket

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Purity, functionality, simplicity and creativity. The Swedish beauty brand L:A Brucket is perfectly in tune with Scandinavian design traditions. They’ve grown famous for their handmade soaps (the one with lemongrass is already a keeper in our bathroom) which are not only a true feast for the sensitive skin but also for the critical eye.Visit the website

Buchbar Antwerp

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Gigue loves a good read, especially when accompanied by a nice cup of coffee. That’s why we were delighted to discover Kim Hertogs’ Buchbar in Antwerp – what’s in a name? - a book shop and coffee bar in one. On the shelves are well-known classics and hidden gems, a selection handpicked by the owner herself. Not only the literature, but also the coffee is of top quality thanks to the experienced coffee brewers. Don’t forget to visit us when you’re in the city!Visit the website

I.Ma.Gi.N. Jewels

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When goldsmith Margaux and diamond cutter Gilles joined their forces and names two years ago, I.Ma.Gi.N Jewels was born. No oversized accessories, but refined, minimalist creations that can be worn every day. Since then these masters of subtlety have worked their way up. They opened two stores in Belgium and attracted retailers from London to Singapore. From cute little bracelets with statements to sparkly rings with rock crystals: it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with their creations.Visit the website

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