Antwerp is a shopper’s paradise, from international brands to fashion designer stores: it’s all here. The Meir is the main shopping street and always very crowded. It’s also the connection street between the Central Station and the historic city centre so, like it or not, you will eventually have to walk down this street.
If you’re fed up with the crowds and you feel like a rest then Escobar is just the place for you. They take the word ‘unwinding’ very seriously here. The people serving you are a bit slow but they are also very friendly. The music they play here (old swing, soul and jazz) takes you back in time. They serve an excellent cappuccino Escobar with apple crumble and fresh cream. I always have the same sandwich here: the one with bacon and feta cheese. Add the lecture of a weekend newspaper and I’m ready to face the shopping crowd again.