‘Beautiful planet’ is situated at ‘De Coninckplein’. Center of Antwerp and still somewhat notorious. There used to be a time when the square was troubled by a lot of drunks and drug traffic. Bars closed down and people moved away.
Nowadays it’s a very lively part of town and new shops and bars are opening. Police are still vigilant though. That led to a bizarre scene during the opening night of the café: 12 officers were summoned because the many guests present took their drinks beyond the perimeter of the terrace. And on the square alcohol remains prohibited.
The friendly owners, seemed not to be bothered. And rightly so.
It is a nice cafe to watch a match during the World Cup these days. And regardless of what team is playing, there is probably someone with the same nationality among the customers. So last week I got to analyse Balotelli’s game with an Italian fan, got a beer from a Ukrainian boy and some culinary advice from Henk, the guy working behind the bar.
So, yes, a beautiful planet indeed.
Beautiful Planet | Bars, Coffee & tea, Music | Free
Daily from 12:00