Guidebook for Antwerpen

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Guidebook for Antwerpen

Food Scene
Great dimsums! You have to try Ha Kau. Chinese restaurant.
Fong Mei
65 Van Arteveldestraat
Great dimsums! You have to try Ha Kau. Chinese restaurant.
Famous for the suckling pig. Chinese restaurant.
Lung Wah
38 Van Wesenbekestraat
Famous for the suckling pig. Chinese restaurant.
A chef from Istanbul. The best Kofte in town!
Köfteci Doktor
129 Brederodestraat
A chef from Istanbul. The best Kofte in town!
Vegetarian Indian Kitchen. Try the Dahi Puri, a vegetarian snack with potatoes and chili.
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Aahaar Delux
23 Lange Herentalsestraat
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Vegetarian Indian Kitchen. Try the Dahi Puri, a vegetarian snack with potatoes and chili.
The Pad Thai with big shrimps is delicious.
Tawan Tai
3 Van Arteveldestraat
The Pad Thai with big shrimps is delicious.
Delicious traditional Jewish kitchen. Big counter where you can simply point out the dishes you like. The staff and owners will happily help you with your choices.
Hoffy's Restaurant & Take Away
52 Lange Kievitstraat
Delicious traditional Jewish kitchen. Big counter where you can simply point out the dishes you like. The staff and owners will happily help you with your choices.
Jewish bakery. Famous for its tradional bread, eastern european specialties and cheesecake.
Bread and Confectionery Kleinblatt
206 Provinciestraat
Jewish bakery. Famous for its tradional bread, eastern european specialties and cheesecake.
Spanish restaurant, famous for many years.
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Las Mañas
36 Ankerrui
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Spanish restaurant, famous for many years.
If you like Empanadas.
Buenos Aires Empanadas
3 Koepoortbrug
If you like Empanadas.
Great Belgian chocolates and cakes.
Chocolatier Del Rey (Chocolate)
5 Appelmansstraat
Great Belgian chocolates and cakes.
Very famous restaurant in Antwerp. It's listed in the Michelin guide.
'T Fornuis
24 Reyndersstraat
Very famous restaurant in Antwerp. It's listed in the Michelin guide.
If you like Sushi.
Fuji-San
36 Waalsekaai
If you like Sushi.
Simple dining, but good! Fish, oysters and kingcrab.
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Fiskebar
11 Marnixplaats
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Simple dining, but good! Fish, oysters and kingcrab.
Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Mampoko
8 Amerikalei
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Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Very good restaurant. Competitive prices, choose the menu off the day!
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restaurant Veranda
34 Lange Lobroekstraat
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Very good restaurant. Competitive prices, choose the menu off the day!
Good Italian restaurant on the top floor. No pizza's.
Hyllit Hotel, Gran Duca
28 De Keyserlei
Good Italian restaurant on the top floor. No pizza's.
Libanese kitchen.
Tarbouch
18 Appelmansstraat
Libanese kitchen.
Pizza's with the taste of Napels. Really good.
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Pizzeria Bellini
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Pizza's with the taste of Napels. Really good.
Good coffee, breakfast and lunch.
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Kornél
1 Sint-Lambertusstraat
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Good coffee, breakfast and lunch.
Very good restaurant. If you want something special on your plate you will not be disappointed.
Troubadour
72 Driekoningenstraat
Very good restaurant. If you want something special on your plate you will not be disappointed.
Lobsterhouse with a pure taste.
Restaurantje Den Beer
85 Handelstraat
Lobsterhouse with a pure taste.
Sushi, simple but good.
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Zaowang
22 Oude Koornmarkt
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Sushi, simple but good.
Food for foodies!
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DÔME
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Food for foodies!
Probably the only pita place with a reference in GaultMillau. Good for a fast and easy snack or dinner. Great pita and falafel.
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Finjan
1 Graaf van Hoornestraat
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Probably the only pita place with a reference in GaultMillau. Good for a fast and easy snack or dinner. Great pita and falafel.
High end restaurant. Famous chef. Located in an old church. Make your reservation long in advance.
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The Jane Antwerp
1 Paradeplein
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High end restaurant. Famous chef. Located in an old church. Make your reservation long in advance.
Very good moroccan cuisine. Famous for their tajines. We love their humus, feta salad, sardines and Egyptian bouillabaisse.
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El Warda
4 Draakstraat
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Very good moroccan cuisine. Famous for their tajines. We love their humus, feta salad, sardines and Egyptian bouillabaisse.
Modern French-Belgian cuisine. Pure tastes, great ingredients, original combinations. Somewhere between mid-range and high-end: a bit more expensive, but a bit better than many restaurants.
In de balans
7 Kaasrui
Modern French-Belgian cuisine. Pure tastes, great ingredients, original combinations. Somewhere between mid-range and high-end: a bit more expensive, but a bit better than many restaurants.
Good for classical Belgian cuisine. Cosy place, big portions, good quality.
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De Pottekijker
5 Kaasrui
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Good for classical Belgian cuisine. Cosy place, big portions, good quality.
Traditional Belgian cuisine. Famous for it's shrimp croquettes. Order them with a glass of Rodenbach (Belgian beer).
Brasserie De Kleine Post
23 Groenplaats
Traditional Belgian cuisine. Famous for it's shrimp croquettes. Order them with a glass of Rodenbach (Belgian beer).
Entertainment & Activities
Famous local concert/theater/... hall, with a rich history and strong ties with the neighborhood.
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the Roma
286 Turnhoutsebaan
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Famous local concert/theater/... hall, with a rich history and strong ties with the neighborhood.
Main cinema in the city center.
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UGC
17 Van Ertbornstraat
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Main cinema in the city center.
Concert hall. The biggest one in Antwerp.
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Antwerpen Sportpaleis
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Concert hall. The biggest one in Antwerp.
Concert hall and the home-base off the basketball team Antwerp Giants.
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Lotto Arena
119 Schijnpoortweg
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Concert hall and the home-base off the basketball team Antwerp Giants.
Indoor theme park for kids. Situated at the back entrance of the central train station.
Comics Station Antwerp
Indoor theme park for kids. Situated at the back entrance of the central train station.
Yearly fair in Antwerp. With over 100 attractions, it is one of the biggest fairs in Belgium. In principle it starts the weekend of Pentecost (May/June) and stays for 5 weeks. Check the exact dates and opening hours online: https://www.antwerpen.be/nl/overzicht/sinksenfoor/
Sinksenfoor
Yearly fair in Antwerp. With over 100 attractions, it is one of the biggest fairs in Belgium. In principle it starts the weekend of Pentecost (May/June) and stays for 5 weeks. Check the exact dates and opening hours online: https://www.antwerpen.be/nl/overzicht/sinksenfoor/
Arts & Culture
Main library. On the ground floor you have some expositions.
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Bibliotheek Permeke
26 De Coninckplein
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Main library. On the ground floor you have some expositions.
Small concerthall nearby.
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Trix
28 Noordersingel
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Small concerthall nearby.
The MAS is more than an interesting building with countless impressive objects. Discover what makes the museum so unique and how it works.
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Museum aan de Stroom
1 Hanzestedenplaats
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The MAS is more than an interesting building with countless impressive objects. Discover what makes the museum so unique and how it works.
Rubens in a nutshell.
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The Rubens House
9-11 Wapper
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Rubens in a nutshell.
Museum for contemporary art. If you like contemporary art and have enough time, visit it. It's special.
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Verbeke Foundation
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Museum for contemporary art. If you like contemporary art and have enough time, visit it. It's special.
Museum and tribute to the famous Red Star Line, the Belgian shipping company that operated a regular service between Antwerp and America between the 1870's and 1930's.
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Red Star Line Museum
3 Montevideostraat
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Museum and tribute to the famous Red Star Line, the Belgian shipping company that operated a regular service between Antwerp and America between the 1870's and 1930's.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp.
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Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp
32 Leuvenstraat
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp.
Museum Vleeshuis looks back at six hundred years of music and dance in the city. You will be immersed in the stories of musicians, shown how musical instruments are made, taken to the first balls and opera performances…and especially enjoy many beautiful sounds.
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Museum Vleeshuis | Klank van de Stad
38 Vleeshouwersstraat
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Museum Vleeshuis looks back at six hundred years of music and dance in the city. You will be immersed in the stories of musicians, shown how musical instruments are made, taken to the first balls and opera performances…and especially enjoy many beautiful sounds.
Walk inside the printing office and house of the Plantin-Moretus family as if you were a friend of theirs visiting 400 years ago.
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Plantin-Moretus Museum
22-23 Vrijdagmarkt
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Walk inside the printing office and house of the Plantin-Moretus family as if you were a friend of theirs visiting 400 years ago.
Fashion museum. Also known as MoMu.
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ModeMuseum
28 Nationalestraat
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Fashion museum. Also known as MoMu.
Arts Campus. Big variety of performance arts: mostly music, dance and theater. Check the agenda: https://desingel.be/en
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deSingel
25 Desguinlei
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Arts Campus. Big variety of performance arts: mostly music, dance and theater. Check the agenda: https://desingel.be/en
Sightseeing
Central train station. It has been voted "most beautiful train station in the world" several times. It's huge and beautiful indeed. See its majestic old facade from "De Keyserlei" or "Koningin Astridplein". From there you can enter the old main hall. Walk up the big staircase and look down on the platforms: the old architecture behind and above you is beautifully mixed with the new platforms (deep) below.
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Antwerpen-Centraal
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Central train station. It has been voted "most beautiful train station in the world" several times. It's huge and beautiful indeed. See its majestic old facade from "De Keyserlei" or "Koningin Astridplein". From there you can enter the old main hall. Walk up the big staircase and look down on the platforms: the old architecture behind and above you is beautifully mixed with the new platforms (deep) below.
Below the city lie its old sewers. These sewers, known as "De Ruien", are a shadow of the rich history above ground. Sewers, streams and fortifications have crisscrossed Antwerp ever since the Middle Ages. This network of both natural and man-made waterways provided the city with water and an internal harbour. You can take guided tours : http://ruien.be/en/
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Ruihuis
21 Suikerrui
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Below the city lie its old sewers. These sewers, known as "De Ruien", are a shadow of the rich history above ground. Sewers, streams and fortifications have crisscrossed Antwerp ever since the Middle Ages. This network of both natural and man-made waterways provided the city with water and an internal harbour. You can take guided tours : http://ruien.be/en/
Main square of Borgerhout (the area in Antwerp, where you are staying) with beautifull city-hall (built 1886-1889, completely renovated in 2017).
Moorkensplein
Main square of Borgerhout (the area in Antwerp, where you are staying) with beautifull city-hall (built 1886-1889, completely renovated in 2017).
Outdoor museum. Where a park meets art.
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Middelheim Museum
61 Middelheimlaan
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Outdoor museum. Where a park meets art.
Famous Cathedral in Antwerp.
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Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp
21 Groenplaats
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Famous Cathedral in Antwerp.
The ancient monument Het Steen is undergoing a substantial renovation. Het Steen will be the gateway to Antwerp in 2020 and familiarise visitors with the past, present and future of this attraction. In the meantime stroll past the building, take lovely photos and discover what's in store for the building at the information stand.
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Het Steen
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The ancient monument Het Steen is undergoing a substantial renovation. Het Steen will be the gateway to Antwerp in 2020 and familiarise visitors with the past, present and future of this attraction. In the meantime stroll past the building, take lovely photos and discover what's in store for the building at the information stand.
This street, the Cogels-Osylei, is probably the most beautiful street in Antwerp. Magnificent Art Nouveau buildings.
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Cogels-Osylei
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This street, the Cogels-Osylei, is probably the most beautiful street in Antwerp. Magnificent Art Nouveau buildings.
The square "Grote Markt" is the center of the historical center of Antwerp. It's a beautiful square with the town hall. Stroll around in the surrounding streets to see historic Antwerp.
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Grote Markt
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The square "Grote Markt" is the center of the historical center of Antwerp. It's a beautiful square with the town hall. Stroll around in the surrounding streets to see historic Antwerp.
Parks & Nature
The zoo of Antwerp. Situated next to the central train station. You can still see its origins from the 19th century here and there, but heavily renovated over the years.
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ZOO Antwerpen
20-26 Koningin Astridplein
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The zoo of Antwerp. Situated next to the central train station. You can still see its origins from the 19th century here and there, but heavily renovated over the years.
Nice in the summer to sit and relax, or play Kubb or another outdoor game. There is a bar, but often with a big waiting line to order. So if you don't mind sitting on the grass, better bring your own drinks. Nice play area for young children, including a play fountain.
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Park Spoor Noord
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Nice in the summer to sit and relax, or play Kubb or another outdoor game. There is a bar, but often with a big waiting line to order. So if you don't mind sitting on the grass, better bring your own drinks. Nice play area for young children, including a play fountain.
Big park. Nice to walk. There's also an open air theater (http://www.oltrivierenhof.be/).
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Kasteel Rivierenhof
244 Turnhoutsebaan
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Big park. Nice to walk. There's also an open air theater (http://www.oltrivierenhof.be/).
City park. Small, and not too special, but closeby. Popular for jogging. It has a play area for kids. Often crowded in the summer. Not advised to go here alone at night.
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Antwerpen Stadspark
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City park. Small, and not too special, but closeby. Popular for jogging. It has a play area for kids. Often crowded in the summer. Not advised to go here alone at night.
Drinks & Nightlife
Famous for the large number of different kind of beers.
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Cafe Kulminator
32 Vleminckveld
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Famous for the large number of different kind of beers.
Very famous local pub at the "Dageraadplaats".
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Zeezicht
7-8 Dageraadplaats
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Very famous local pub at the "Dageraadplaats".
It's on the same square like café Zeezicht, but more cosy.
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Café Moeskop
17 Dageraadplaats
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It's on the same square like café Zeezicht, but more cosy.
Small café. Nice place. In summer people gather here after work. Nice green square in front, with big play area for young kids. www.barleon.be
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bar Leon
23 Reuzenstraat
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Small café. Nice place. In summer people gather here after work. Nice green square in front, with big play area for young kids. www.barleon.be
Famous discotheque.
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Café d'Anvers
15 Verversrui
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Famous discotheque.
Night club with electronic music.
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Club Vaag
4 Rijnkaai
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Night club with electronic music.
Small and typical local bar. Sometimes live music (check the website for the agenda). Usually closed in summer. http://plazareal.be/ . Occasional parties next door, in an old factory called "Pekfabrik" (google for the agenda)
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Plaza Real / De Steeg
93 Kattenberg
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Small and typical local bar. Sometimes live music (check the website for the agenda). Usually closed in summer. http://plazareal.be/ . Occasional parties next door, in an old factory called "Pekfabrik" (google for the agenda)
Great bar in the summer. Lots of sun, nice view over the water, relaxed atmosphere. Only open during summer months.
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Bar Paniek
21B Kattendijkdok-Oostkaai
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Great bar in the summer. Lots of sun, nice view over the water, relaxed atmosphere. Only open during summer months.
Small local pub. Sometimes concerts and performances. Check the agenda on the website.
Rood-wit
42 Generaal Drubbelstraat
Small local pub. Sometimes concerts and performances. Check the agenda on the website.
Great square to have lunch/diner and/or spend an afternoon/evening on a terrace in summer. Several bars and restaurants (our favorites are mentioned elsewhere in this list). Bustling atmosphere on sunny days. Small play area for young kids, and a small basketball and soccer field. Sometimes live music in summer.
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Dageraadplaats
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Great square to have lunch/diner and/or spend an afternoon/evening on a terrace in summer. Several bars and restaurants (our favorites are mentioned elsewhere in this list). Bustling atmosphere on sunny days. Small play area for young kids, and a small basketball and soccer field. Sometimes live music in summer.
Shopping
The biggest shopping street in Antwerp.
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Meir
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The biggest shopping street in Antwerp.
Together with the Nationalestraat, the center of the fashion district. De Kammenstraat has several smaller authentic clothing stores.
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Kammenstraat
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Together with the Nationalestraat, the center of the fashion district. De Kammenstraat has several smaller authentic clothing stores.
Julie is one of our best friends. She has her own clothing store in the center of the fashion district. Expect cute and funny prints, decent quality and a lot of custom designs at very affordable prices.
By Julie
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Julie is one of our best friends. She has her own clothing store in the center of the fashion district. Expect cute and funny prints, decent quality and a lot of custom designs at very affordable prices.
Antwerp's little Chinatown. A beautiful Asian archway gives entrance to the street. Many Asian mini- and super-markets and restaurants.
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Chinatown
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Antwerp's little Chinatown. A beautiful Asian archway gives entrance to the street. Many Asian mini- and super-markets and restaurants.
Parallel to the biggest shopping street in Antwerp (Meir) is Hopland, probably the most expensive shopping street in Antwerp. Several of the more expensive and exclusive clothing brands are located here.
Hopland
Parallel to the biggest shopping street in Antwerp (Meir) is Hopland, probably the most expensive shopping street in Antwerp. Several of the more expensive and exclusive clothing brands are located here.
Together with the Kammenstraat, the center of the fashion district in Antwerp. Many shops, a mix of big fashion designers, small shops and commercial brands. The fashion museum (MoMu) is also located here.
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Nationalestraat
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Together with the Kammenstraat, the center of the fashion district in Antwerp. Many shops, a mix of big fashion designers, small shops and commercial brands. The fashion museum (MoMu) is also located here.