In Wittenonnenstraat you will come across some establishments that are firmly embedded in the city’s identity. Unique shops with a robust – and sometimes even turbulent – history that are worth a visit simply because of this. Of course, numerous younger and trendy shops have also conquered a place for themselves on this street. Tradition meets trendy, that is Wittenonnenstraat in a nutshell.
Browsing to your heart’s content
A legendary shop with a resounding name is the Corman bookshop. This shop was established in 1926 by Matthieu Corman, a passionate communist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and befriended the famous writer Ernest Hemingway. In the 1980s, the bookshop moved from Adolf Buylstraat to Wittenonnenstraat. Corman’s is a wonderful place to browse: you can be assured of finding a hidden gem among the numerous stacks of books. The shop carries books in Dutch, French, English and even Spanish and German. Purchasers of a book will get a special gift: a bookmark featuring a drawing by artist Felix Labisse and a ditto book cover.
From hats to cheese
There are many more shops on Wittenonnenstraat that have a unique history, Painter Leon Spilliaert purchased his hats at Jacquelot’s, for example. This establishment – still in the hands of the same family today – has been around for more than a century and looks pretty much the same as it did then. Another fixed value on this street is the Haspeslagh cheese shop. Gourmets will find everything they love here, from mature cheeses to charcuterie.
Shopping on Sundays!
For those who want to shop on a Sunday, Ostend is the place to be! Throughout the year in the City by the Sea, most shops are open on Sundays. Apart from this luxury of shopping on a Sunday, Ostend has many more shopping trumps. The shopping streets in the centre are fully pedestrianized.Read more