Antwerpse Handjes have been a local culinary speciality since 1934. These chocolates or biscuits, with or without marzipan filling dipped in Elixir d’Anvers, are made in the shape of a hand and refer to the legend of Silvius Brabo and the giant Druoon Antigoon.
The confectionery shop Confiserie Roodthooft was founded in 1925 and makes its products in the heart of Antwerp. The best-known of these is the Mokatine, a hard coffee sweet that was developed in 1934. The distinctive packaging shape and the wrapper with an image of an Arab with a striped cloak are iconic features.
Fries are an integral part of Belgium’s gastronomic heritage. Belgian fries are often called the world’s finest. Traditionally, they are sold in a paper cone or a cardboard tray with a large dollop of sauce on top. Vendors offer a very wide range of sauces and meat products. Antwerp also has a ‘fries stand museum’ on the Groenplaats above the famous Max fries shop.
De Koninck brewery brews the famous Bolleke (5.2%), De Koninck Triple d’Anvers (8%) and Wild Jo. Since October 2012, the brewery has belonged to the group of breweries around Duvel Moortgat, and cheesemaster Van Tricht (whose store was singled out as the best cheese shop in Europe by the Wall Street Journal) has housed a cheese ripening centre in the brewery.
In the summer of 2015, De Koninck brewery opens a visitor centre. The brewing process, Belgian beer culture and beer tasting are central to this innovative beer experience centre.
Huisbrouwerij ’t Pakhuis brews Antwerps Blond, Antwerps Bruin and Nen Bangelijke.
A digestive liqueur made of 32 plants and herbs, prepared according to a time-honoured tradition by the De Beukelaer distillery since 1863.
Crazy though it may sound, coffee is definitely a regional product, in the sense that roasting methods vary from region to region. The Antwerp coffee Amberes made by Koffie Verheyen from Deurne is typical of the local coffee preference. This coffee is made up of South American and African coffee types including Maragogype, Costa Rica Tarazu, Guatemala Antigua, Zimbabwe Chïhosa, Sulawesi Makassar, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Nicaragua Las Brisas, Santos Fancy Screen and 3% Robusta Flores.
GingerLove ginger tea originated in the vegetarian restaurant Lombardia. It has quickly become a huge success.
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Antwerp has more summer bars than any other Belgian city. So why not try a different one every week: high up on a rooftop or in the middle of a park. Enjoy that instant holiday feeling in one of these ten summer bars.
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.
Every city has its own traditional delicacies. So does Antwerp: the handjes, a bolleke, and filet d’Anvers. But Antwerp has many more culinary indulgences in store for you. Your guide will take you to the most beautiful and tastiest spots in the city. It’s lip-smacking good.
There is a shorter gastronomic tour for those who like to enjoy in moderation. A fun tour past Antwerp’s tastiest spots and the perfect introduction to savoury and sweet pleasure in the city.
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.
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.
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.
There’s lots to see and experience at the redesigned Plantin-Moretus Museum. Step into the world of pioneering publisher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Seven tips for an extra special museum visit.
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.