gay-friendly Antwerp

Antwerp ranks high on the list of gay-friendly cities, thanks to its extensive gay community whose gathering place is Het Roze Huis, a non-profit organisation that brings together more than 30 affiliated associations.

Antwerp ranks high on the list of gay-friendly cities, thanks to its extensive gay community whose gathering place is Het Roze Huis, a non-profit organisation that brings together more than 30 affiliated associations. But also thanks to the gay-friendly environment in Belgium: same-sex couples have been able to get married since 2003 and to adopt children since 2006. 

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Shopping (gay)

Shopping (gay)

Antwerp has had a strong reputation for years as a fantastic shopping city. It has enormous diversity, the different shopping areas are within walking distance of one another, and the historic buildings and pedestrian streets make window-shopping an experience in itself. Shops specifically for LGBT people include ’t Verschil bookshop, Plan B, Man Playz and others.

Going out (gay)

Going out (gay)

The monthly Studio 54 party, Café de Love, The Boots, dance cafés of all sizes... There are plenty of options in Antwerp for a wild night with kindred spirits. And of course there are discos, clubs and pop-up parties that do not specifically target LGBT people but are of equally legendary status.

Red & Blue

Red & Blue

Red & Blue is one of Europe’s largest gay discos. On some nights, only men are allowed in.

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Shopping (gay)

Shopping (gay)

Antwerp has had a strong reputation for years as a fantastic shopping city. It has enormous diversity, the different shopping areas are within walking distance of one another, and the historic buildings and pedestrian streets make window-shopping an experience in itself. Shops specifically for LGBT people include ’t Verschil bookshop, Plan B, Man Playz and others.

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Going out (gay)

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Seven tips for your visit to the Plantin-Moretus Museum

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Discover Antwerp

Discover Antwerp

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.

Winter in Antwerp

Winter in Antwerp

Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with the christmas market, an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises. Book your stay now!

The Port House

The Port House

Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.

Antwerp in 24 and 48 hours

Antwerp in 24 and 48 hours

Whether you’re coming to Antwerp for a hefty helping of culture, to soak up some history, to shop or to enjoy Antwerp’s culinary delights, you’ll find them all within reach. Antwerp may be compact, but it has a great deal to offer. Get all you can out of it by using the Antwerp City Card as your guide. The card (valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours) will open the nicest, tastiest and most surprising doors of the city for you, for free or at a discount. Discovering is now up to you. Have fun!

De Ruien (Antwerp Canals)

De Ruien (Antwerp Canals)

Visit The Ruien, a truly unique attraction, and walk through Antwerp's former canals and sewers. During this adventurous and astonishing underground walk you'll discover some of Antwerp's exciting and rich history. 

Vlaeykensgang

Vlaeykensgang

The secret Vlaeykensgang alley dates from 1591 and connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt Pelgrimstraat with one another. Walk through the gate at Oude Koornmarkt 16 and you feel as if you have journeyed back in time. In the past this alley was where the shoemakers and the poorest people in the city lived. The shoemakers were also in charge of sounding the alarm bell of the cathedral. These days you can find antiques stores and art galleries here as well as the exclusive restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The atmosphere is very intimate which is why many people also like to come here to listen to the carillon concerts during the summertime.