A Trip To Antwerp

Two months ago we went on a trip to Antwerp. We took a train to Rotterdam and another one from Rotterdam straight to Antwerp Central Station- which was chosen by Mashable Magazine as the most beautiful train station of the world. And it sure was beautiful!centraal-station antwerpen

Grote markt

These ‘famous’ houses are standing on the Grote Markt, the town square. The Grote Markt is situated in the old quarter of the city. The small and narrow streets in the old quarter are the best place to escape the tourists and perfect to get lost in.

streets of antwerpstreets of Antwerp 2

Antwerp offers a lot of good coffee places, cafe’s and restaurants. Our first stop for coffee was at Broer Bretel. They have a vintage interior with a great atmosphere and also super friendly baristas. The weather was great so we sipped our cappuccino’s (with yummy cookies) outside while enjoying some soft, but warm sunlight.

coffee at broer bretelfloristAfter our coffee we wandered the streets again and came across the beautiful florist shop above. Antwerp is a really green city and there are so many florists in the city center. This one looked so perfect, covered by all the green. We did some minor shopping and went to HAY, which has a very pretty entrance (and looked way better than the one in Amsterdam).

HAY entrance AntwerpWe enjoyed a delicious lunch at Buchbar. I had the best hummus on toast and Rene had a gazpacho soup. They serve some good coffee as well!

Buchbar interiorlunch buchbardoorportrait antwerpgreen cityWe wandered through the city for the rest of the day and ended up very hungry at De Burgerij for dinner. They serve some really good burgers, I surely recommend their falafel burger!

We only stayed for a day this time which was way too short but we’ll go back soon, especially since it’s so close by (less than 3 hours travel).

Some of my favorite places to visit in Antwerp:

– Broer Bretel (coffee)
– HAY (interior/design shop)
– Buchbar (breakfast/lunch + coffee)
– De Burgerij (great burgers, try the falafel!)
– Kapitein Zeppos (Belgian beers, dinner)
РCaffènation (c0ffee)
– Coffee & Vinyl (very nice recordshop)
– MAS, Museum aan de Stroom (interesting museum with a rooftop which provides a great view over the city)

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