Discover Benelux, Issue 64, April 2019

Page 67

Discover Benelux  |  There’s No Place Like Flanders!  |  Discover Top Flemish Destinations

Indulge in a paper cone filled with steamy, thick-cut chips topped with mayonnaise as you stroll through the cobblestoned streets. Then grab a seat at a ‘brown café’ or terrace and sample a local beer such as a ‘Bolleke’ from the De Koninck, one of the city’s several breweries which is open to the public. In the mood to savour a proper meal? There are a wealth of restaurants to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Among them, places serving regional cuisine such as De 7 Schaken on the corner of Grote Markt or Brasserie Appelmans on Papenstraatje. Known for its fashion scene and designers such as Dries van Noten, Antwerp is a shopping mecca where retail therapy takes on a whole new dimension. Check out the many boutiques, pop-up stores and quirky vintage shops. Or go for a walk along the Meir, the city’s top shopping street with myriad international chain stores, while taking note of the fabulous Rococo architecture: “I always tell people to remember to look up when walking through the Meir,” advises Mertens. “There are so many lovely buildings.”

Photo: Frederik Beyens

Should you be in the mood for a little quiet respite after getting a taste of what Antwerp has to offer, hop on the free ferry to the left bank and feast your eyes on the city from a distance. Chances are it will not be long before you are crav-

ing to go back for even more awesome experiences awaiting you at this exciting pocket-sized metropolis! Web:

Skyline. Photo: Sepp Van Dun

Issue 64  |  April 2019  |  67