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Things to do in Antwerp

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“The iconic museum the "MAS" is more of an architectural landmark than just a museum. You can go all the way to the 60 meter high rooftop (for free) to enjoy incredible views over the whole of Antwerp. It's surroundings are famous for lunch-bars and cozy restaurants on "Het Eilandje".”
  • 218 locals recommend
Church
“As stunning as the cathedral is from the outside, the inside is equally impressive. A master piece of Gothic architecture, that houses some of the most famous paintings of Rubens in the world.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Rubens House is one of the most renowned artist's residences worldwide. nowned artist's residences worldwide. The permanent collection contains a large number of works by the master himself and by his peers and contemporaries. The museum also has works on loan, as well as recent acquisitions and updates about works that are being restored.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Museum
“MOMU houses the largest collection of contemporary Belgian fashion in the world and stands out with its immersive fashion exhibitions. For the fashion lovers!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Museum of Modern Art, nearby the FOMU. They also have museum café with a roof terrace.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Belgian museum of photographie with a huge international collection. In the museum is also a great place to eat called Caldo. (=broth in spanish) They serve bone made broth made with love and care! Ancient wisdom in a mug! (Also vegan and vegetarian broth available)”
  • 42 locals recommend
History Museum
“Very nice museum about the early trip over seas from Antwerp to New York. It also has an amazing point of view over Antwerp”
  • 55 locals recommend
Road
“Little street lined up with loads of antique / furniture / nicknack stores. Also open every Sunday from noon onwards.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“In the middle of the city centre you can find a little bit of grass right here!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Plaza
“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.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Fishbar in the "hip" south part of Antwerp. Lovely square (Marnixplaats)where the locals like to gather in the evening for a drink. Fiskebar has a great menu with organic veg, fresh "catch of the day fish" and an impressive wine menu. Go check it out in the weekend when the city of Antwerp comes alive!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Food
“Antwerps oldest brewery. Nice beers, restaurant and shops. The tour is interactive and available in many languages.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“This might be the most iconic bar in Antwerp. It is a 3 floor bar in a unique 16th century building. Often there is live jazz music. This bar used to be home to some of Belgium's most legendary musicians and artists, some of which can still be found there today.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Coolest coffee place around !! Great place to work as well, or to have a meeting. Very nearby!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Club right in the middle of the red light district of Antwerp. As the club attracts a wide audience, it's a pretty safe choice for a night out. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Road
“Together with the Nationalestraat, the center of the fashion district. De Kammenstraat has several smaller authentic clothing stores.”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Fishbar in the "hip" south part of Antwerp. Lovely square (Marnixplaats)where the locals like to gather in the evening for a drink. Fiskebar has a great menu with organic veg, fresh "catch of the day fish" and an impressive wine menu. Go check it out in the weekend when the city of Antwerp comes alive!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice historic warehouse. You can walk from Waaslandtunnel through the building until Godefriduskaai. You can visit the 'stadsarchief' to have a closer look. You may also eat at the restaurant downstairs with a nice big terrace near the water.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We are super lucky to have this cozy restaurant just right next door! Mampoko serves very traditional flemish food with good price, good portion, and quality taste. They also have a lovely terrace where we always see people having a drink or a meal. It's really the spot where locals go. They also have quite nice brunch on weekends. Please make sure to make a reservation as this place can be packed especially on weekends. This is the number one restaurant I would suggest people to go as it's a very relaxing place with good quality and price. And it's just next door so it's a good choice, especially you feel a bit tired from the day and just want to eat something nice without much effort. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great burger joint. There are more locations to enjoy these great burgers. Check out there website for all the different locations ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a Turkish restaurant located in Zuid. I don't know what authentic Turkish food tastes like as I haven't been to Turkey. But from the amount of people sitting in the restaurant and my "addiction" to their food, I'd say you would come back for that! The great location also allows you to enjoy some late afternoon sunshine and the beautiful surroundings in Zuid. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Ciro's is an institution in Antwerp. Time stood still here.... You got the impression to have walked in a film from the 60ties or 70ties. But the place is known for the best meat in town! Lots of belgian actors and artists like to come and dine here. Hard to get a table as always full! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Pizza's with the belgian beer Duvel used for making a crispy crust. They make tasteful combinations of what to put on your pizza (the fennel salami for example is wonderful!) Close to MAS. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Theatre
“Located in the old opera house, enxerience all of the Opera house's glorious decadence while enjoying the delicious buffet in one of Antwerp’s landmarks – just 5 minutes by foot from your doorstep!”
  • 12 locals recommend

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