Introducing Antwerp

The charismatic port of Antwerp is a seriously tempting proposition, whether you seek high art, fine dining or world-class fashion. From your luxury boutique hotel escape into its ancient, cobbled streets, dotted with charming cafes. And drink in the atmosphere that’s rooted in history, but as current and vibrant as any visitor could wish for.

Things to do

A city break in Antwerp is rich in heritage. A stroll through its medieval centre is truly absorbing and leads to Belgium’s breathtaking Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal – a fine gothic cathedral with a 123-metre spire. It looks particularly impressive in the evening light from Pelgrimstraat.

In Antwerp you’ll soon encounter the great Flemish painter Pieter Paul Rubens. His artworks, along with those of numerous other Baroque masters, can be enjoyed in many memorable locations. Pay a visit to the perfectly restored Rubenshuis – the artist’s former home and studio that was rescued from collapse in 1937 – to get a vivid impression of his life and work.

Local products are legendary here. Try the traditional ‘Antwerp Hands’ – short pastry biscuits, rich in almonds or chocolate and steeped in local folklore. Being thoroughly contemporary and lively, Antwerp is also filled with diverse and exclusive restaurants, from Michelin starred fine dining to intimate, ivy-clad brasseries.

Top Tip from SLH

Antwerp enjoys cult status as one of Europe’s sharpest fashion centres. The annual September Fashion Festival is fast becoming a must-visit for the style-conscious.