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Top Choice International in Antwerp

The Jane

Fine dining meets rock ’n' roll at Antwerp's most dramatic restaurant, where architect Piet Boon has preserved the ceiling of an old military-hospital chapel in its decaying state and put an open kitchen where the a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Antwerp

Museum Plantin-Moretus

Giving a museum Unesco World Heritage status might seem odd – until you’ve seen this astonishing, recently renovated place. Once home to the world’s first industrial printing works, it's been a museum since 1876. Th…
Top Choice Museum in Antwerp

Rubenshuis

The 1611 building was built as home and studio by celebrated painter Pieter Paul Rubens. Rescued from ruins in 1937, and extensively and sensitively restored, the building is a delightfully indulgent one, with baroq…
Top Choice Cathedral in Antwerp

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal

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 it rarely fails to prompt a …
Top Choice Museum in Antwerp

MAS

Opened in 2011, MAS is a 10-storey complex that redefines the idea of a museum-gallery. Floors are designed around big-idea themes using a barrage of media, from old master paintings through tribal artefacts to vide…
Top Choice Square in Antwerp

Grote Markt

As with every great Flemish city, Antwerp’s medieval heart is a classic Grote Markt (Market Sq). Here the triangular, pedestrianised space features the voluptuous, baroque Brabo Fountain depicting Antwerp’s giant-ki…
Top Choice Port in Antwerp

Antwerp Port

Beautiful it ain’t. But its sheer jaw-dropping scale makes driving through this historic port an unforgettable experience. It's the world’s fourth-largest port complex (Europe’s second after Rotterdam) and a surreal…
Top Choice Belgian in Antwerp

Het Gebaar

Chef Roger van Damme only does fancy and only does lunch. At the entrance to Antwerp's petite botanical gardens, the former gardener's house is a deeply romantic setting to write off an afternoon. The Flemish stew a…
Top Choice Landmark in Antwerp

Antwerpen-Centraal

With its neo-Gothic facade, vast main hall and splendidly proportioned dome, the 1905 Antwerpen-Centraal train station is one of the city's premier landmarks. It was rated by Newsweek as one of the world’s five mos…
Italian in Antwerp

Civiltà del Bere

Come here for authentic Italian food, whether bar-stool lunches or dinners of carpaccios and thin-crust pizza, all in a casually stylish setting surrounded by walls of wine-bottles.