‘Lively’ would best describe Antwerp, a city with energy in abundance. Read the following tips and experience the best Antwerp has to offer morning, noon and night.
Antwerp is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Flanders. Exceptionally versatile, it easily offers something for everyone. Antwerp is compact by design, allowing you to experience the hustle and bustle in 24 hours.
A cultural start to the day in Antwerp
A serene blanket covers Antwerp in the early morning. Use this to your advantage by visiting one of the cultural highlights of the city like the MAS for example. The ‘Museum aan de Stroom’ (MAS) is a genuine representation of the city, the harbour and its maritime transport. Located in a stunning piece of architecture, it offers a panoramic view over Antwerp. The MAS is walking distance from both the Onze-Lieve-VrouweKathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady) and the Grote Markt.
Crossing the river Scheldt is also an adventurous recommendation after breakfast in Antwerp. Reach the west bank by crossing through the St. Anna tunnel, taking you under the river itself. On the west bank, chill out at the park which in turn offers a great overview of Antwerp’s skyline. Be sure to grab a coffee or snack at Zuiderterras on your way back.
Shopping and afternoon bevvies
An afternoon in Antwerp is ideal for shopping, lunch and nipping a beverage or two. Antwerp enjoys a reputation as a fashionable city, possessing a vast array of designer products. In and around the famous shopping street the Meir, you’ll find major labels and popular fashion chains. Couture and boutiques are located further south towards the Nationalestraat.
For those hungry to try Flemish specialties, take a seat at restaurant No Balls No Glory situated in the northern district called ‘het eilandje’, or the little island. If you’re looking for an extensive lunch try a taste next door at Felix Pakhuis for a culinary feast.
Tinsel in the southern part of Antwerp is a lunch and coffee house full of unmistakable character. Wasbar, more than just a regular laundromat, serves scrumptious snacks in a setting unlike any other.
Live by night in Antwerp
The daily hustle and bustle of Antwerp goes into 6th gear once the sun sets. True libertines, the locals of Antwerp are pleasure-seekers and always up for a social occasion. Tucking in early is therefore virtually unacceptable! For the most special of specialty beers, head to the Kulminator. This beer house is armed with a collection second to none and an easy-going vibe. A relaxed way to get to know Antwerp intimately amongst its locals.
Sip on smooth cocktails at the aptly named Sips or indulge yourself at Ginotheek for gin-tonics. Both are located in southern Antwerp and ideal for a complimentary evening out.