Shopping - practical

Shopping should be fun.No parking stress, painful feet, closed doors or credit cards that refuse to work. That’s why we offer a few practical tips.

Opening hours

Shopping in Antwerp is always a good idea. Most shops are open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (supermarkets until 8 p.m.). You can even enjoy shopping on Sundays: most shops in the historic city centre open their doors every first Sunday of the month. Shops in the Hoogstraat and the Kloosterstraat are open every Sunday.

Transportation

You can get to the commercial heart of Antwerp in different ways. Public transportation is highly recommended. Those exiting Central Station immediately enter the shopping streets, and trams or the metro will take you right into the shopping zones. You can find information about public transport on the De Lijn and NMBS websites.
You can leave your vehicle on one of the car parks at the edge of the city. Those who prefer to drive right into the city will find several payable car parks.
You can also use the Velo bike rental service in the city.
 
Are you planning on coming to Antwerp by car? Please note that the city centre of Antwerp is now a low emission zone. Register your vehicle before coming to Antwerp and check whether you can enter the zone.

Take a breather

Need to catch your breath between shops?Hop into one of the many cafés, brasseries, snack bars or restaurants in Antwerp. You can also combine shopping and refreshments:many shops offer you something to eat or drink – from jewellery and chocolate, coffee and knitting supplies to a lunch and a new outfit.You can also just settle down on a bench and enjoy looking at the many pretty buildings that our shops are housed in.

Withdrawing cash

Need to replenish your reserves?You can withdraw some extra cash in one of the banks in the city centre or from a cash dispenser – some of them are not in banks.Banks are usually open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.The cash dispensers inside are accessible from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and those outside on the street are always accessible.

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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.