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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Visit Mercado covered food market and enjoy culinary surprises and much more.
Antwerp is a vibrant city. And all those residents and visitors who bring so much life to the city also require a lot of parking for their cars. In order to give everyone an equal chance at a parking spot, there is paid parking in many places throughout Antwerp.
Visitors to Antwerp have been flocking to the hip Eilandje district, an old dockside neighbourhood, to visit the MAS, which opened in 2011.
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.
Het Steen was home to the Maritime Museum for many years. Now that its collection has been moved to the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), HETPALEIS and the city of Antwerp have reopened this legendary building as a ‘question centre’ for visitors (and anyone looking for answers), young or old, aged six years or over.
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.
Step inside the home of the greatest Baroque artist north of the Alps.
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.
Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.