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The fun-loving and vivacious city of Antwerp is the hub of the diamond trade and with over 2,000 lively bars and hundreds of dining options it is fast becoming a city to rival Amsterdam. This fashionable city boasts elegant architecture and a vibrant café scene.

Wherever you are in Antwerp, you’re never far from a pub serving a selection of Belgian beers. There are several beer cafes in the city centre with reasonably priced drafts. To get a true taste of a Belgian favourite, don’t leave your city break in Antwerp without visiting a traditional fritkoten (fish and chips shop).

The Kammenstraat and Lombardenvest districts are the best places to go in Antwerp if you want to experience the city’s cutting-edge fashion. Here you’ll find the best in new and established Belgian designers. For smaller boutiques or international chains, head to the Meir - a popular fashion street lined with 18th and 19th-century buildings.

Must See

Central Station
This impressive neo-gothic railway station is the perfect place to have lunch and people-watch.

Grote Markt
With its magnificent architecture and charming cobbled streets, this bustling central square is the best place to start if you’re wondering where to go in Antwerp.

MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)
A modern museum featuring five floors of Antwerp’s cultural history and a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the city.

Rubens House
Home and studio of leading Baroque artist, Peter Paul Rubens.

Comic Strip Walls
To honour famous Belgian comics, several walls in the city have been transformed into a super-sized comic strip.

Must Do

Admire the two oldest printing presses in the world, priceless manuscripts and a 17th-century bookshop at the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

Escape the noise of the city and soak in the peaceful atmosphere at the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouweathedral).

Enjoy a glass of traditional Belgian beer at one of the many cozy cafes in Grote Markt.

Take a stroll around Antwerp’s vibrant Diamond District, and remember to barter if you decide to make a purchase.