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MY LIFE: a weekend getaway in Oostende!

19 September 2013

Roadtrip with my love to Oostende

After all the traveling of the last month without my love as my travelmate I needed some quality time together. Something romantic… to enjoy the Indian Summer. Timing of Visit Oostende to invite us over couldn’t have been any better! I love the coastal towns in Belgium and had never been in Oostende before.

It’s a 3 hour drive from my Amsterdam to Oostende. It was raining cats and dogs when we crossed the border with Belgium. So no Indian summer for us but a weekend of cosy Art Deco cafes and Belgian beers.

Bye #Amsterdam, hello #Oostende #Belgium. No sunny weather for us in this cute coastal town... But cosy bars and Belgian beers  ;-) #loveOostende #yourlbb #cityguide #travel

Our hotel for the weekend is the vintage chique boutique hotel Mondo It’s located only 100 meter from the beach and the boulevard! Mondo is also very close to the shopping streets and harbor. Perfect for a weekend getaway.

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I LOVE the burgundy lifestyle. It always seems to me that all restaurants in Belgium are good. On our first night we have dinner close to Mondo at the beautiful restaurant ‘t Groote Huys. It’s a bistro style restaurant located in an art deco house that was once a beer brewery.

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They have a great 3 course menu that includes a glass of bubbly. Perfect to start our weekend getaway with!

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On Saturday we sleep in a bit, it’s a holiday weekend after all ;-). We walk up to the boulevard to get some fresh air. As a girl from Zeeland I’m always happy to be near the beach. We don’t let the dark weather bother us.

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Oostende is great for shopping. There’s a mix of small boutiques with designer brands and all the high-street labels. So from Patrizia Pepe to H&M… you can get it in Oostende. My greatest shopping discovery of the day is the designer vintage boutique L’Alchimiste.
Happy #shopping at designer vintage boutique L'Alchimiste in #Oostende. It's voluptuous, black fake teddy fur and a bomber jacket. So FF'13 :-)! #yourlbb #fashion #loveOostende

I spot a very cool fake teddy fur voluptuous bomber jacket. And the cool thing is that it’s reversible, with once side the black teddy and the other side a Hermes like silk print. Although I normally don’t spend that much on vintage… I just had to buy this gem!

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Did I ever tell you I have a weakness for yogurt ice-cream? This cone with raspberry yogurt ice-cream gave me the feeling of being in the South of France.

It's not #Nice in the South of France it's #Oostende in #Belgium, just a 3 hour drive from #Amsterdam :-)! #yourlbb #travel #loveOostende #cityguide #travelguide

Another great shop in Oostende is Lily. A small boutique with unique items and most of them very affordable. I spot this cute heart polka-dot dress, but since they have a webshop too I decide to think about it over night.

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Oostende is a coastal town and that shows on the menu’s! And I’m big on seafood! The number one lunch dish in Oostende are homemade shrimp croquettes. When you’re in Oostende you have to try them! On the boulevard and at the harbor there are many bistros to go for lunch.

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From the harbor we walk back to the boulevard and walk a bit.

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On weekend getaways we like to go to a cafe on Saturday afternoon for drinks. Just like we roll in Amsterdam! We found a classic Art Deco cafe and relaxed for a bit while enjoying white wine and Belgian beers.

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At Du Parc they serve your wine in this beautiful small carafe. Would love to have on like that at home.

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By the time we leave the cafe it’s already time to go for dinner. We went to the wine bar and restaurant Enoteca del BereBene. And I’m so happy we did so! Great ambiance, great food and very friendly and passionate owners.

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If it’s still on the menu when you’re at Enoteca del BereBene try and taste the burrata. The bresola and mozzarella are just too good!

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Sunday morning we relax for a bit and start our road-trip back to Amsterdam.

Thank you Oostende for the lovely weekend!

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