Since travelling is and will most likely be restricted for quite some time, now is thé perfect moment to start discovering Belgium and neighbouring countries. We love to plan in a quick weekend getaway to the seaside and our preferred spot along the Belgian coast is Knokke. High time to list my go-to spots for you to discover this trendy coastal city as well 🙂
Have breakfast or brunch at Enso
Enso is very new to my list but it swiftly made its way to the top. We had brunch out on the front terrace and it was so great: we opted for the classic American pancakes (I can’t resist) and the breakfast taco’s. We ordered some ginger shots as well (that came in cute little flasks) and delicious, fresh smoothies to finish off. Of course accompanied by our daily dose of caffeine in the shape of a cappuccino and a latte. To make our experience even better: the service was very friendly and open to little chats here and there. Just what I like :). Have a look at the pictures below, they are putting a lot of effort into creating delicious and visually appealing good food. They do not only have a restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks, it is also a trendy Boutique hotel. Looking for a place to stay during a weekend in Knokke? Try a room here and discover their beautiful interior as well.
Since this is very important nowadays: measurements against the spread of Covid-19 are well implemented and maintained here.
Stroll along the Lippenslaan and Kustlaan
In for some shopping? The Lippenslaan is the best known shopping street that Knokke has on offer: you can find the more typical stores here (H&M, Etam, Kruidvat, etc.) but also some local gems. Looking for more? Take a right just before Van Bunnenplein at the end of the street and a whole new collection of shops will be waiting for you on the Kustlaan: Essentiel, Bellerose, Juttu and Zara but also the more high end stores like Hermes, Rolex and Louis Vuitton. While walking this highly frequented street you will pass by Nemrod and La Terrasse du Zoute – two popular places for some people watching (and lots more of course) and the iconic 4 star hotel The Memlinc where you can have drinks on the 360 rooftopbar etc. In a side street, the Antoine Bréartstraat, you can find Les Soeurs. I love to pop in here and discover their collection of clothes, browse through the beautiful interior accessories and have a look at their jewellery.
Stop for lunch at Bonjour
Bonjour is a great spot to enjoy some bagels, soup, snacks and more for lunch: they have a nice terrace out front and quite some seating spots inside. We enjoyed their delicious homemade ice tea, coffees and bagels. The interior is a big plus as well.
Have the best ice cream at Glacier de la Poste
I literally cannot go back home without having enjoyed an ice cream at ‘het Postje’ as we mostly call it :). Located right on the ‘Zeedijk’ near beach bar Siesta Beach, Glacier de la Poste offers a wide variety of flavours. In my humble, but very subjective opinion, it is thé very best ice cream. I have been frequenting Glacier de la Poste since I was only 2 years old and always had a scoop of passion fruit, no matter what the other flavour was. The passion fruit here is to die for (same goes for the other flavours) and I have not tasted it better anywhere else. The price is also very honest for the size of the scoops (read: very big). Lines tend to be long since they are very popular, but they have a lot of staff which mostly limits the wait to a couple of minutes. Furthermore, if anything is worth getting in line for, it is this ice cream without a doubt :).
Apéro, a coffee break or cocktails
Who does not love a glass of rosé before dinner on a cozy beach bar with friends or a cocktail at night? Exactly 🙂 Whether it is an alcoholic drink you are into, a mocktail or rather a thirst quenching drink, Knokke has nice spots in abundance.
There are plenty of beach bars to choose from, but let’s start with Pura Vida near the Rubensplein. One of my favourites since it has a really cozy, bohemian vibe to it. Other than that, they are collaborating with The Pharmacy, another one of my preferred spots, so you can try their amazing cocktails & mocktails here.
Siësta beach, Mood beach and Indi beach are more well-known and popular beach bars all located near each other. On sunny summer days, the vibe in those beach bars is really good and these are great spots to enjoy a coffee or something cold as a break from basking in the sun or you can meet up with friends and have a drink.
Not really into the beach bars? Marie-Rose is another little gem, with the concept ‘from breakfast to apéro’. You can enjoy breakfast, have a coffee pause with a delicious pastry or opt for wine and appetizers as an apéro before dinner. Or simply hop in for a take-away pastry and take in the stylish and cozy interior while you are there.
Would you rather have a coffee and some ice cream on the side? Crémerie François has what you are looking for: a terrace for people watching, a beautiful interior and delicious artisanal ice cream.
The Pharmacy is something you should really try. It is a speakeasy bar with high end cocktails and mocktails on offer by the hand of the family Van Ongevalle. Hannah made it into the top 12 worldwide of best bartenders, so the quality of the cocktails is not to be doubted :). They started with the real concept of a speakeasy: a mysterious bar of which the location is not known, only through word-of-mouth. Of course throughout the years they became so popular and well-known that the location is no longer a secret, but still you have to look very well to notice the pharmacy sign outside of the antique store on the Elizabetlaan.
There are so many more things to do and discover in Knokke and each new summer season comes with some more hotspots to try out. I still have some spots on my list, so stay tuned :). Rather interested in a weekend in Maasmechelen? Read all about it here.