What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
The old post office in Groenplaats is the setting for Mercado, the first covered food market in the country. Visitors to Mercado can enjoy honest, tasty, fresh food from all over the world: from trendy street food to innovative quality products and haute cuisine. There’s more than just food at Supermercado. As well as the food market there’s also space for art, fashion and events in Supermercado. The different areas of the building provide a unique setting for pop-ups. Live performances regularly take place between the food stands.
Attention: Mercado will be closed between July 17th and August 13th.
Animal lovers can go to the Zoo. Antwerp Zoo boasts many outbuildings, but also spacious indoor cages where you can watch and photograph the animals. If, however, you happen to sit in the front row at the sea lion show, there is a chance that you get wet after all.
Fancy a movie or two? UGC and Metropolis offer film lovers a varied and comprehensive programme, multiple cartoons and the latest blockbusters. Lovers of Arthouse films, documentaries and ‘forgotten’ gems can visit Cinema South, Cartoon’s or the Klappei movie house. Afterwards, you can have a chat over a drink in one of the many cafés that surround the cinemas or have a bite to eat at a nice restaurant.
Escape games are a fun and exciting way to get to know each other better, as well as Antwerp’s lesser-known neighbourhoods. Together with family, friends or colleagues, you will be ‘locked up’ and by solving a number of problems and finding different and unexpected visual clues, you can work your way out. The Room Antwerp, Antwerp Clue and Out of the Box Escape Games are some companies that are bound to give you many exciting moments.
Comics Station Antwerp takes you to the world of our Belgian cartoon characters. The park is divided into six zones, each dedicated to a popular character: Lucky Luke, The Kiekeboes, Jommeke, Suske en Wiske, Urbanus and The Smurfs. It also comprises a reading corner, a creative corner, a theatre and a cinema.
A museum visit may sound a bit obvious and standard on a rainy day, but with a great variety of choice, Antwerp offers many cultural indoor activities. The MAS (Museum aan de Stroom), one of Antwerp’s busiest museums, is a definite must-see. You can also visit the Red Star Line Museum, Mayer van den Bergh, Rubens House, the Photo Museum or one of the other special museums.
Also, there is no shortage of art galleries in this city. De Zwarte Panter in the city centre is the oldest active gallery in Flanders and a magnet for artists, musicians, writers and art lovers alike. Design Center de Winkelhaak is located in one of the city’s most creative areas and there is regularly something new to discover in the exhibition space. Gallery Jamar exhibits contemporary art, ranging from James Ensor and Spilliaert, right through to Pierre Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Marcel Broodthaers and Panamarenko.
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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.
Time flies in Antwerp. Spend yours wisely and buy your Antwerp City Card.
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.