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)

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.

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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!

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.

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.

Beer in Antwerp

Beer in Antwerp

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. 

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

The MAS is the most prominent place where the city and the port come together, both literally and figuratively. The 60 metre tall tower – a feat of daring architecture – has already become a new landmark in Antwerp. The MAS is focusing on the city’s diversity and reflecting on the many contacts between cultures, both past and present. The museum collection tells the story of the city, the port and the world. On the roof of the MAS, you can also enjoy panoramic views over Antwerp.

Antwerp Fashion Weekend

Antwerp Fashion Weekend

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.

Historical City Walk

Historical City Walk

Accompanied by experienced city guides you’ll walk to the unique Market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. You’ll be astonished when seeing the famous Cathedral of Our Lady, coronated with a unique Gothic steeple, the symbol of the City of Antwerp. You’ll then pass through a charming sixteenth century inner yard, the ‘Vlaeykensgang’, and will continue your stroll alongside many sites and places which you have never imagined before.

The Underpass

The Underpass

St Anna’s Tunnel – or Underpass, as the locals like to refer to it – was opened in 1933. Both on the left and on the right bank, you can still access the tunnel using the authentic wooden escalators which were unique at the opening.

Practical guide to Antwerp

Practical guide to Antwerp

Practical information about the climate, the city tax, the language and the public holidays in Antwerp.