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Guidebook for Antwerpen

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Guidebook for Antwerpen

Food Scene
This cosy restaurant is situated just across your front door, on the first floor above the Zeezicht cafe. Overzicht serves local, fresh and super tasty dishes. Try the bio-veggie hemp burger!
Overzicht
6 Dageraadplaats
This cosy restaurant is situated just across your front door, on the first floor above the Zeezicht cafe. Overzicht serves local, fresh and super tasty dishes. Try the bio-veggie hemp burger!
Dr. Oetker who? Bellini is da bomb. A small menu but the best pizzas in town. The chef is from Napoli, so whip out your best Italian. Also take-away.
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Pizzeria Bellini
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Dr. Oetker who? Bellini is da bomb. A small menu but the best pizzas in town. The chef is from Napoli, so whip out your best Italian. Also take-away.
Take away caterer. Lot's of veggie, pasta, salads and soups. Different menu every week, so check out their Facebook page for delicious updates!
Mikel Cuisine
24 Korte Altaarstraat
Take away caterer. Lot's of veggie, pasta, salads and soups. Different menu every week, so check out their Facebook page for delicious updates!
Close to the Schelde, you will find this little Mexican restaurant which serves all the classics with fresh ingredients. They don't accept reservations so either go early or wait at the bar to be seated (which is not bad actually since they serve excellent cocktails…)
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Gringo's Cantina
24 Ernest van Dijckkaai
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Close to the Schelde, you will find this little Mexican restaurant which serves all the classics with fresh ingredients. They don't accept reservations so either go early or wait at the bar to be seated (which is not bad actually since they serve excellent cocktails…)
Don't let the flowery interior scare you away: this vegan restaurant actually serves great fresh dishes with wines on the side. They have a daily changing menu with two options and several side dishes.
Bites & Wines
60 Oude Beurs
Don't let the flowery interior scare you away: this vegan restaurant actually serves great fresh dishes with wines on the side. They have a daily changing menu with two options and several side dishes.
THE place to get your breakfast on is CARAVAN, close to Park Spoor Noord. About 15 minutes by bike or 30 minutes by foot, but definitely worth the travel. Try the Huevos Rancheros!
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Caravan
17 Damplein
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THE place to get your breakfast on is CARAVAN, close to Park Spoor Noord. About 15 minutes by bike or 30 minutes by foot, but definitely worth the travel. Try the Huevos Rancheros!
Open air bar & restaurant in Park Spoor Noord that also serves an extensive breakfast buffet. Only open during the summer months, with a nice area for the kids to run around. Check their Facebook page for events such as dancing workshops, flea markets etc.
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Bar Noord
64-80 Viaduct-Dam
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Open air bar & restaurant in Park Spoor Noord that also serves an extensive breakfast buffet. Only open during the summer months, with a nice area for the kids to run around. Check their Facebook page for events such as dancing workshops, flea markets etc.
The name says it all. The Van Wesenbekestraat is Antwerp's Chinatown, so expect traditional Chinese food in likewise decor. Try the Peking duck or the vegetarian sweet-sour 'chicken'.
The Best
57 Van Wesenbekestraat
The name says it all. The Van Wesenbekestraat is Antwerp's Chinatown, so expect traditional Chinese food in likewise decor. Try the Peking duck or the vegetarian sweet-sour 'chicken'.
Close to The Best you will find this little Thai restaurant, ran by true Thais. Don't let the front bar with TV screens scare you away, there is a gem of a restaurant hidden in the back.
Ploy Phochana
69 Van Wesenbekestraat
Close to The Best you will find this little Thai restaurant, ran by true Thais. Don't let the front bar with TV screens scare you away, there is a gem of a restaurant hidden in the back.
Moroccan fish and shell fish restaurant, where you choose the fish you want grilled/baked/fried from the counter. Can be very busy but there are other similar options in the same street. By itself, the Handelsstraat is the heart of a lively multi cultural neighborhood.
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Calamares
40 Handelstraat
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Moroccan fish and shell fish restaurant, where you choose the fish you want grilled/baked/fried from the counter. Can be very busy but there are other similar options in the same street. By itself, the Handelsstraat is the heart of a lively multi cultural neighborhood.
Great selection of local grown food and wines in an Art Deco setting. The owner is a true wine connoisseur, so don't be afraid to ask for advise. Fish, meat and vegetarian options: check out their website for the changing menu.
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Brutal
72 Kerkstraat
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Great selection of local grown food and wines in an Art Deco setting. The owner is a true wine connoisseur, so don't be afraid to ask for advise. Fish, meat and vegetarian options: check out their website for the changing menu.
THE Belgian speciality: fries! Try a 'pakske' with mayo, andalouse or home made tartar sauce. Combine it with a snack (kroket, curry worst or bicky burger) and you are good to go for a night out on the town. You can also try the Frituur on Dageraadplaats.
Frituur 2010
79 Kerkstraat
THE Belgian speciality: fries! Try a 'pakske' with mayo, andalouse or home made tartar sauce. Combine it with a snack (kroket, curry worst or bicky burger) and you are good to go for a night out on the town. You can also try the Frituur on Dageraadplaats.
Situated on the old slaughter house site, this meat lovers restaurant serves steaks by the gram. Try the Koningsballen if you are up for a challenge ;) There are plenty of other meat-oriented restaurants in the area but this one stands out for its vintage decor.
Piétrain
25 Lange Lobroekstraat
Situated on the old slaughter house site, this meat lovers restaurant serves steaks by the gram. Try the Koningsballen if you are up for a challenge ;) There are plenty of other meat-oriented restaurants in the area but this one stands out for its vintage decor.
By far the best bakery in town, this bakery is managed by the owners of star restaurant Dome. Delicious sweets, fresh bread and tasty croissants.
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Domestic
37 Steenbokstraat
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By far the best bakery in town, this bakery is managed by the owners of star restaurant Dome. Delicious sweets, fresh bread and tasty croissants.
Fancy a more Belgian inspired diner? Check out Staff's Kantine, a small restaurant in the hip South area of Antwerp. Great interior, great food. Reservations might be needed.
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Staff's Kantine
19 Graaf van Egmontstraat
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Fancy a more Belgian inspired diner? Check out Staff's Kantine, a small restaurant in the hip South area of Antwerp. Great interior, great food. Reservations might be needed.
Drinks & Nightlife
Just across your front door: this no nonsense bar is very popular with locals. They offer a small selection of bar food (pasta, soups). It's hard to choose which beer to drink, but we recommend the Tripel Karmeliet. Don't forget to bring cash (no cards accepted).
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Zeezicht
7-8 Dageraadplaats
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Just across your front door: this no nonsense bar is very popular with locals. They offer a small selection of bar food (pasta, soups). It's hard to choose which beer to drink, but we recommend the Tripel Karmeliet. Don't forget to bring cash (no cards accepted).
A small bar within crawling distance that also has art exhibitions on the first floor.
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Café Moeskop
17 Dageraadplaats
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A small bar within crawling distance that also has art exhibitions on the first floor.
Popular meeting point for the gay/straight/open minded community. Check out their Facebook page for live music, karaoke nights and other events.
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Den Draak
1 Draakplaats
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Popular meeting point for the gay/straight/open minded community. Check out their Facebook page for live music, karaoke nights and other events.
This bar/club is a little hidden but worthwhile the search. Situated in the courtyard of an old abandoned building, Plein Publiek offers drinks and music in a fabulous setting. Check out Facebook for their weekly program.
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Plein Publiek
29 Van Craesbeeckstraat
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This bar/club is a little hidden but worthwhile the search. Situated in the courtyard of an old abandoned building, Plein Publiek offers drinks and music in a fabulous setting. Check out Facebook for their weekly program.
Beer, beer and beer: situated next to the cathedral you will find this somewhat touristy but nevertheless cute bar that serves a wide selection of Belgian's number one export product. Try local beers like Seef and Koninck, also know as a 'Bolleke' because of the round glass it is served in.
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Pater's Vaetje
1 Blauwmoezelstraat
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Beer, beer and beer: situated next to the cathedral you will find this somewhat touristy but nevertheless cute bar that serves a wide selection of Belgian's number one export product. Try local beers like Seef and Koninck, also know as a 'Bolleke' because of the round glass it is served in.
This cosy Jazz cafe hosts several live music nights a week. Don't let the small stage fool you, Antwerp's finest blues and jazz musicians have performed here. Check out the website for the program.
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Café Hopper
2 Leopold de Waelstraat
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This cosy Jazz cafe hosts several live music nights a week. Don't let the small stage fool you, Antwerp's finest blues and jazz musicians have performed here. Check out the website for the program.
This tiny café is Belgian's stand-up comedy heart, with several performances a week. Belgian upcoming talent and (inter)national names can be found here. Friendly staff and regulars, with metal/rock music on the side.
Cafe The Joker
16 Kleine Markt
This tiny café is Belgian's stand-up comedy heart, with several performances a week. Belgian upcoming talent and (inter)national names can be found here. Friendly staff and regulars, with metal/rock music on the side.
Sightseeing
The only brewery open to public in Antwerp (since 1833) has undergone a renovation and is now a true experience center, where you can see and taste how the famous Antwerpian 'Bolleke' is made. Cheers!
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Brasserie De Koninck
291 Mechelsesteenweg
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The only brewery open to public in Antwerp (since 1833) has undergone a renovation and is now a true experience center, where you can see and taste how the famous Antwerpian 'Bolleke' is made. Cheers!
This famous Belle Epoque street is home to the most beautiful houses of Antwerp. Just a stone throw away from the apartment, be prepared to be dazzled by its grandeur.
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Cogels-Osylei
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This famous Belle Epoque street is home to the most beautiful houses of Antwerp. Just a stone throw away from the apartment, be prepared to be dazzled by its grandeur.
Close to the Schelde lies this street filled with second hand and vintage furniture shops. Have a stroll, do some (window) shopping and take a coffee/lunch/diner break at Café Dancing Chocola. Most shops here are also open on Sundays.
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Kloosterstraat
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Close to the Schelde lies this street filled with second hand and vintage furniture shops. Have a stroll, do some (window) shopping and take a coffee/lunch/diner break at Café Dancing Chocola. Most shops here are also open on Sundays.
Every Friday morning, bargain hunters from all over the city and beyond gather here for an auction style flea market. Don't be scared to raise your hand and make an offer, you might be surprised what you can get for a small price. Might be best to arrive around 9 in the morning to check out what will be up for sale later on. Bidding starts around 11 o'clock. Get a coffee at one of the cute bars on the square in the meantime.
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Vrijdagmarkt
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Every Friday morning, bargain hunters from all over the city and beyond gather here for an auction style flea market. Don't be scared to raise your hand and make an offer, you might be surprised what you can get for a small price. Might be best to arrive around 9 in the morning to check out what will be up for sale later on. Bidding starts around 11 o'clock. Get a coffee at one of the cute bars on the square in the meantime.
Want to see the Antwerp skyline in it's full glory? Then you should take the Sint-Annatunnel to the left bank of the Schelde. It offers an iconic sight over the city and the river. The beautifully tiled tunnel itself is worth the visit. Only accessible by bike or on foot!
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Sint-Annatunnel
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Want to see the Antwerp skyline in it's full glory? Then you should take the Sint-Annatunnel to the left bank of the Schelde. It offers an iconic sight over the city and the river. The beautifully tiled tunnel itself is worth the visit. Only accessible by bike or on foot!
Since you're staying on it, you won't be able to miss it! If it's a sunny day you might even forget all about the rest of Antwerp since the square offers the best terraces in town!
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Dageraadplaats
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Since you're staying on it, you won't be able to miss it! If it's a sunny day you might even forget all about the rest of Antwerp since the square offers the best terraces in town!
Arts & Culture
Situated in the former harbor area ' 't Eilandje', this museum hosts interesting exhibitions about the history and culture of Antwerp. Even if this is not your cup of tea, travel up to the rooftop terrace of this magnificent building for a great view of the city.
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Museum aan de Stroom
1 Hanzestedenplaats
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Situated in the former harbor area ' 't Eilandje', this museum hosts interesting exhibitions about the history and culture of Antwerp. Even if this is not your cup of tea, travel up to the rooftop terrace of this magnificent building for a great view of the city.
Outdoor temporary art museum with varying exhibitions throughout the year. Check the website for their current artist exhibitions!
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Musée de Sculpture en plein air de Middelheim
61 Middelheimlaan
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Outdoor temporary art museum with varying exhibitions throughout the year. Check the website for their current artist exhibitions!
Temporary art museum with interesting exhibitions. Sometimes provoking, sometimes soothing. Special nonetheless. It's also close to the Schelde. Check the website!
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Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
32 Leuvenstraat
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Temporary art museum with interesting exhibitions. Sometimes provoking, sometimes soothing. Special nonetheless. It's also close to the Schelde. Check the website!
Decent exhibitions, but really, you should check the website if Photography is your point of interest.
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Photo Museum of Antwerp
47 Waalsekaai
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Decent exhibitions, but really, you should check the website if Photography is your point of interest.
Parks & Nature
This used to be an old train construction site but it's been repurposed to become the green oasis that the city desperately needed. You won't find a lot of trees in this park but you will find a lot of open spaces where you can practice sports or have a quiet picnic. Right next to the fountains you will find Cargo Zomerbar for tapas and drinks.
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Park Spoor Noord
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This used to be an old train construction site but it's been repurposed to become the green oasis that the city desperately needed. You won't find a lot of trees in this park but you will find a lot of open spaces where you can practice sports or have a quiet picnic. Right next to the fountains you will find Cargo Zomerbar for tapas and drinks.
Entertainment & Activities
The largest eco-friendly swimming pond in Europe! Is it too hot outside? This is your place to be. Be sure to go early enough though (starting at 10 o'clock) since they only allow a limited amount of people a day so the eco-balance is maintained. Only people with fitting bathing suits (tight ones) are allowed in. Definitly worth the visit!
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Swimming Pond Boekenberg - Deurne
88 Van Baurscheitlaan
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The largest eco-friendly swimming pond in Europe! Is it too hot outside? This is your place to be. Be sure to go early enough though (starting at 10 o'clock) since they only allow a limited amount of people a day so the eco-balance is maintained. Only people with fitting bathing suits (tight ones) are allowed in. Definitly worth the visit!
This old Art deco, pre-olympic swimming pool has recently been renovated. It's a hidden gem if you want to have your swimming workout. If you wanna relax there's also a wellness area with hot tubs, hammam and a small swimming pool (bathing suit only).
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Sportoase Veldstraat Antwerpen N.V.
83 Veldstraat
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This old Art deco, pre-olympic swimming pool has recently been renovated. It's a hidden gem if you want to have your swimming workout. If you wanna relax there's also a wellness area with hot tubs, hammam and a small swimming pool (bathing suit only).
Small movie theatre that offers a limited selection of new quality releases. The theater itself is rather tiny but you won't be disturbed by crunchy potato chips bags! All movies are shown in their original languages often subtitled in english french or dutch. Check out their website!
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Cinema Cartoon's
4 Kaasstraat
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Small movie theatre that offers a limited selection of new quality releases. The theater itself is rather tiny but you won't be disturbed by crunchy potato chips bags! All movies are shown in their original languages often subtitled in english french or dutch. Check out their website!
Shopping
On saturday this square features the 'vreemdelingenmarkt', roughly translated as the foreigners market. People of different cultures offer their countries specialties for honest prices. Try the Morrocan pancake with figs and syrup if you don't mind the sugar rush, WEEEEEEEE. On saturday the same square is transformed into the 'Vogelenmarkt' translated as Birds' market. In time the birds have made place for stands with cheese, cava, vegetables,… Be sure to try some Croquettes at the stand that looks like a small light tower!
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Nieuwstad
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On saturday this square features the 'vreemdelingenmarkt', roughly translated as the foreigners market. People of different cultures offer their countries specialties for honest prices. Try the Morrocan pancake with figs and syrup if you don't mind the sugar rush, WEEEEEEEE. On saturday the same square is transformed into the 'Vogelenmarkt' translated as Birds' market. In time the birds have made place for stands with cheese, cava, vegetables,… Be sure to try some Croquettes at the stand that looks like a small light tower!
The Meir…you probably read it in every city guide. This is thé shopping street of Antwerp. If you are interested in small shops and better quality stores this is not your best bet. It features large chain like H&M, Mango, etc. Nevertheless it is a gem! Don't keep your eyes on ground level, the really beauty starts one level high!
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Meir
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The Meir…you probably read it in every city guide. This is thé shopping street of Antwerp. If you are interested in small shops and better quality stores this is not your best bet. It features large chain like H&M, Mango, etc. Nevertheless it is a gem! Don't keep your eyes on ground level, the really beauty starts one level high!
A recently renovated hall where Kitsch meets old grandeur. It has become the beating heart of Meir over the recent years. Plenty of shops to visit, mostly chains, if you are a shopping fanatic this might just be your place to be.
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Stadsfeestzaal
78 Meir
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A recently renovated hall where Kitsch meets old grandeur. It has become the beating heart of Meir over the recent years. Plenty of shops to visit, mostly chains, if you are a shopping fanatic this might just be your place to be.
This street has a more Urban vibe over it. Tattoo parlors, bars and plenty of clothing stores like 'Fish and Chips' and the 'Vans' flagstore. Very close to the 'Groenplaats' which can be found in any other city guide :)
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Kammenstraat
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This street has a more Urban vibe over it. Tattoo parlors, bars and plenty of clothing stores like 'Fish and Chips' and the 'Vans' flagstore. Very close to the 'Groenplaats' which can be found in any other city guide :)