Antwerp has had a strong reputation for years as a fantastic shopping city.
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 bookshop ’t Verschil, Plan B, Man Playz and others.
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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.
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 is one of Europe’s largest gay discos. On some nights, only men are allowed in.
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.