A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ANTWERP

With a spare few days up my sleeve before starting my new job in Amsterdam, I found myself in the Flemish city, Antwerp(en); Belgium’s second largest city and where the Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world. Renowned for being the “world’s largest diamond city” and its burgeoning fashion industry, Antwerp proves itself to be one of Europe’s cultural hotspots.

What I thought would be a 500 word blog post has now turned into additional “Where To” guides so see below my condensed recommendations when visiting Antwerp with links to further information if you wish to read on!

WHERE TO VISIT (FOR FREE!)

WHERE TO SHOP

WHERE TO EAT

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Mode Museum (MoMu) (Fashion Museum)
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerpen (Closed Mon)

Museum aan de Stroom (MAS)
Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerpen (Closed Mon)

Rubens House
Wapper 9-11, Antwerpen (Closed Mon)

Steen Castle (Het Steen)
Steenplein 1, Antwerpen

Cathedral of Our Lady
Handschoenmarkt 3, Antwerpen

TOP TIPS

  • Many museums are closed on Mondays. If you’re in Antwerp on this day, I’d recommend seeing all the free sights around the historic city centre or going shopping!
  • Public transport is by tram or bus. A single ticket costs €3 (valid for an hour), a daily ticket costs €6 and a 3-day ticket costs €12. Visit Antwerp’s Visitor Centre to purchase tickets and for further information.
  • Don’t forget to stop and snack on some frites and a Belgian waffle with dark Belgian chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream!
  • For further information about Antwerp, go to www.visitantwerpen.be . The website is in English and is easy to navigate.