There’s plenty to see and do this winter in Antwerp. Too many choices? Here’s a great checklist to make the most out of your winter day in Antwerp!
Breakfast always tastes better when you don’t have to make it yourself. Enjoy a croissant, a freshly-baked roll and a good cup of coffee at a cool breakfast place and you’re ready to hit the city.
If you go to the museum nice and early, you’ll have the galleries all to yourself. This winter you can visit the ‘Baroque Book Design’ exhibition in the old Plantin-Moretus print shop. Find out why famous artists like Rubens liked to collaborate with publishers, as you walk through rooms that are lined with shelves and shelves of books and gilt leather hangings. The print shop itself is also worth visiting. Did you know, by the way, that it is also the only museum on UNESCO’s World Heritage List?
Hungry after your morning of culture? There are plenty of spots around Theaterplein and Graanmarkt where you can score a tasty lunch. Or buy a snack from one of the stalls in the exotic Saturday market in Theaterplein.
Still need to score a last-minute gift? Haven’t found that perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve yet? Don’t worry, you’ll definitely find something in Antwerp. What’s more, the shops in the city centre are also open on Sundays in December. Here are some tips for where to shop in Antwerp.
Time for some action! Tie on some skates and take a few spins around the statue of Rubens. Tired? You deserve a drink! Lucky for you the skating rink has a cosy winter bar.
Can you smell the churros, the bacon potatoes and other tasty treats from afar? Then follow your nose to Grote Markt and the Christmas market. If you prefer to eat indoors, then find a table in one of the many nearby restaurants! Get some fresh air, before heading to a music café or a cocktail bar. Take a walk along the river and enjoy the breath-taking view of the Scheldt and the Left Bank. Or why not take a ride in the giant ferris wheel and look down on the city’s twinkling lights?
A magical way to end your day is a night-time visit to Antwerp’s ZOO. This winter, Belgium’s oldest animal park also welcomes visitors after hours. While the real animals enjoy sweet dreams in their nests, dozens of animal-shaped fabric lanterns light up the night during China Light. What a gorgeous sight! If you came to Antwerp by train, you’ll be happy to know that our city’s railway cathedral is just next door to the zoo by the way.