Nice food, yummy chocolates, great beers and a vibrant night life. What’s not to love about Antwerp? A great stop over if you’re travelling between Amsterdam and Paris! With our hot spot tips below you will get the most out of Antwerp.
WHERE TO START YOUR DAY
Get your wake up shot at Kolonel Coffee. It’s the absolute best start of your day. Whether it is recovering from a hangover or getting ready for some city exploring. Kobe is the young barista who opened this coffee shop not too long ago. He selects the beans himself and makes every café latte into a little piece of art. So sit back and enjoy your caffeine shot with one of the international magazines or newspapers laying around.
- Minderbroedersrui 30
WHERE TO EAT
De Smulpaep – Forget french fries, indulge yourself in Smulpaep’s ‘Flemish Fries’ or their world famous shrimp krokets. This place has a chef behind the deep fryer.
- Varkensmarkt 2
Fiskebar – If you like fish, go to Fiskebar! There are only a few tables so make sure you have a reservation on the weekend. Next door is their brand new Oysterbar.
– Marnixplaats 11
Comme Soup – To warm up or for a small healthy lunch – Hendrik Conscienceplein 11
MAI THAI – Great Thai food – Suikerrui 26
Le John – Kasteelpleinstraat 25
Renaissance – Nationalestraat 32
WHERE TO SHOP
Antwerp is a shopping paradise so there are great shops on every street corner, here are a couple of our favorites:
‘t Stad Leest (book shop) – Steenhouwersvest 16
Moose in the city – Ijzerenwaag 10-12
YOUR – Kloosterstraat 90
100gr Design – Lange Winkelhaakstraat 26
Ra13 -Kloosterstraat 13
Graanmarkt 13 – Graanmarkt 13
WHERE TO GO FOR SOME CULTURE
Vlaeykensgang – If you want to travel back in time, stroll along this little alley. It’s hidden in the middle of the busy city center, but sitting on a bench here is as if time stood still for a couple of hundred years.
– Oude Koornmarkt 16
Museum of Beaux Arts – Go see the famous works of Rubens, Van Eyck, Ensor, Permeke and other famous artists in this beautiful museum in the ‘Zuid’ area.
- Leopold De Wael plaats
Modemuseum (fashion museum)
– Nationalestraat 8
Fotomuseum (photo museum)
– Waalsekaai 47