As with every great Flemish city, Antwerp’s medieval heart is a classic Grote Markt (Market Sq). Here the triangular, pedestrianised...
Lively, inexpensive brown café . with summer street-seating spilling out towards the cathedral.
Het Vermoeide Model
Within this very atmospheric if somewhat touristy medieval house-restaurant, the rooms are full of exposed brickwork and there’s live...
Handschoenmarkt · interesting places nearby
Belgium’s finest Gothic cathedral was 169 years in the making (1352–1521). Wherever you wander in Antwerp, its gracious, 123m-high spire has a habit of popping unexpectedly into view and rarely fails to jolt a gasp of awe. The sight is particularly well framed when looking up Pelgrimstraat in afternoon light. The cathedral’s imposing interior sports late-baroque decorations, including four early Rubens canvases and, while KMSKA is closed, some of that collection's religious masterpieces are currently displayed here too. For a free glimpse down the nave turn left on entry to the 'prayer' area, but please remain quiet. Guided tours at 11am.