Paleis op de Meir
Restored along original lines, the 1611 building was built as home and studio by celebrated painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Rescued from...
If walking between the station and the centre, do look inside this fabulous shopping mall within a magnificent 1908 neoclassical...
The tomb of Rubens and his family is the reason most visitors come to St Jacobskerk. Located in a small chapel behind the high altar,...
Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar
Antwerp's kitschy indulgence is to sip bubbles while sitting in a two-storey 'champagne glass' platform within the incredibly ornate...
Grand Café Horta
Encased in glass, this large, bustling 21st-century brasserie was built in a popular project to 'recycle' surviving iron girders and...
Paleis op de Meir information
Lonely Planet review
The mid-18th-century Koninklijk Paleis is a palatial building used by Napoleon when he visited Antwerp in 1811 and later by the Belgian royal family. The most accessible sections are used as a restaurant and by Chocolate Line whose shop walls maintain some remarkable original murals and whose chocolate 'kitchen' allows visitors to peep in and watch. To visit the rest of the building you must join a booked tour.