This may come as a surprise, but for the best coffee Antwerp is the place to be. The port of Antwerp has been a major hub for coffee for several centuries: from all over the world, ships bring huge cargos of green coffee beans here.
This may come as a surprise, but for the best coffee Antwerp is the place to be. The port of Antwerp has been a major hub for coffee for several centuries: from all over the world, ships bring huge cargos of green coffee beans here. The city is also second to none when it comes to coffee storage and warehousing. From the most exotic and rare coffee types, roasters and dealers choose their own blends. At one time, every neighbourhood had its own coffee roasting house; nowadays you still have Koffie Verheyen in Deurne and the Cuperus coffee bar on Sint-Katelijnevest. You can also still have your own blend roasted at Jespers at Oever 16. Of course you can also get a barista to do the work for you. Antwerp has numerous hip coffee bars with bizarre names such as Normo, Mademoiselle Moustache, Broer Bretel and Mokkakapot.
Take a cup and pour it full of steaming coffee from Koffie Verheyen. If you have a sweet tooth, add some candy sugar or a lump of organic cane sugar from Candico. Dip an Antwerps Handje in the coffee for a second and pop it straight into your mouth. Still in the mood for an extra treat? Enjoy a mokatine – a local coffee-flavoured sweet – while savouring the last of your coffee. Your coffee experience can’t get more Antwerp than that!
Or order a cup of Antwerp coffee at a café. It’s like an Irish coffee, but with the Antwerp speciality Elixir d’Anvers instead of whisky. Elixir d’Anvers is a herbal liqueur prepared from 32 plants and herbs from all over the world.
Check out this video about how the coffee beans arrive in Antwerp, how they are roasted and how an Antwerp barista creates a divine cup of coffee.
Or tour the coffee hotspots of Antwerp with this video from thisisantwerp.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp is truly heaven for coffee lovers, with coffee bars on practically every street corner. But how are they different from each other? Where to find the ultimate cuppa that suits your taste and what is the story behind it? Coffee roaster Koen Bleuzé shares his top 10 favourite coffee bars and explains his choices.
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. The De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery offers an ideal introduction to the world of beer. Het Pakhuis is another brewery where you can taste authentically brewed beer. In addition, there are plenty of typical ‘brown cafés’ which often have dozens and in some cases hundreds of Belgian beers on the menu. Examples include Bier Central, ’t Waagstuk, Paters Vaetje, de Kulminator and Gollem.
Antwerp has a solid national and international reputation as a creative fashion city. The well-known Fashion Academy and the amazing Fashion Museum as well as the inspiring shopping streets and the various fashionable events organised in the city all contribute to this. The new Antwerp Fashion Weekend event only helps confirm why so many visitors from neighbouring cities and further afield think of Antwerp as the shopping capital of Belgium.
The many local specialities, including the Antwerp ‘handjes’, the ‘Bolleke’ beer and the ‘Elixir d’Anvers’ liqueur all bear testimony to the city’s rich culinary tradition.
The people of Antwerp have a long-standing reputation as connoisseurs. Thanks to the port, all kinds of foods, drinks, herbs and spices from all over the world have been introduced since as early as the 16th century, influencing the city’s gastronomy. Today, Antwerp offers a wide range of European, exotic and of course Belgian eateries. Many restaurants serve French cuisine, but with Belgian touches. Most restaurants are located around the historic centre, Het Zuid and Het Eilandje.
Get all you can out of Antwerp! Are you interested in exploring all of Antwerp? Then use the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. What’s more, you can choose how long you want to use it. The best of Antwerp Antwerp has so much to offer that it would take a lifetime to discover everything. But you only have a weekend or a midweek. That is why we selected the best the city has to offer: the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Rubens House, the MAS museum... and what’s more, your Antwerp City Card entitles you to free admission to all these attractions. You can also use public transportation free of charge as long as your Antwerp City Card is valid. Besides this, you can also cheaply rent a bike, receive a discount in the chip shop and use your free ticket for the hopNstop shuttle (do take it at least once!).
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.