I’ve lived in Antwerp all my life but the last year I have found out more about it than I had ever thought I would. Antwerp has changed allot over the past few years and with that came allot of new places to visit, here are my favorites
Hoeked donuts (Oudaan 4)
It’s pretty self-explanatory, here you can buy donuts. But they are not round, they are square, the new donut shop created a unique square design in their entire shop! Besides the amazing donuts, they have the cutest interior design ever!
Friet Atelier Amsterdam (Korte Gasthuisstraat 32)
Belgian fries are the best, that’s what every Belgian will tell you (once you’ve tried them you will never deny this again). The ‘frie restaurant’ from Sergio Herman offers you some amazing fries with delicious toppings. Even though ‘Amsterdam’ is used in the name, you get the amazing taste of real BELGIAN fries. I recommend the amazing Flemish beef stew fries, or in dutch; ‘frietjes met stoofvlees’.
Vleeshuis (Vleeshouwersstraat 38)
A museum full of old music instruments and the history of music throughout the last few earas. The fun thing is that there is an app so that you can listen to almost every instrument in the gallery. In the basement, you can see an old carousel organ that still works and also the history of music at parties.
Peña al Andalus (Vorstermanstraat 1)
If you’re searching for a unique dining experience on a Saturday night and you love Spanish food, Peña al Andalus is the place to be. You will be watching flamenco performances live on stage while eating delicious food. It looks so Spanish that you’ll think you’re in Spain for a while.
Clouds of fashion (Nationalestraat 79)
This is hands down my favorite shop in Antwerp, when I saw it for the first time I immediately knew that. Laurentine Van Landeghem is the owner and has already been able to open 2 other stores in Gent and Knokke. The store offers a wide variety of clothing and always has some extraordinary pieces ready for you. If you’re like me and you love a good portion of glitter, pink and basically anything colorful or sparkly, be sure to visit!
Divers (Volksstraat 9)
All Belgian people who follow a few famous Belgians (BV’s) on Instagram, have heard of ‘Divers’. This is where you can get the amazing smoothie- and açai bowls, smoothies, special coffees and other healthy breakfasts/lunches. They are healthy, Instagram-worthy AND delicious, pretty much what every Instagrammer wants.
MAS (Hanzestedenplaats 1)
‘Museum Aan Stroom’, a 10 story high museum. Most of us teenagers visit it to go to the rooftop, it has free access and gives you a panoramic view over Antwerp. On the other 8 floors, there are art exhibitions. Some temporary and some permanent, they are all very different and that is what makes this museum a nice place to visit for everyone.
But most importantly, just stroll around Antwerp and see where it takes you because wherever you go there will always be something pretty or interesting to see.
Lots of love, M.