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The South Walking Route in Antwerp

A weekend in Belgium's second largest city, Antwerp, will entice you with its trendy, cozy, fashionable, and hip scenes. Often underestimated due to it's proximity to bigger, flashier cities such as Brussels and Amsterdam, Antwerp has many things to do in regards to its urban culture, distinct art scene, and historic medieval infrastructure. The crowd is young and vibrant, and you should be prepared to immerse yourself in Antwerp's unique South district, called 'Het Zuid', to truly understand the lifeline and beat of the city.


Route info

  • Route name: The South Walking Route in Antwerp
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Best by walking
  • Highlights: FoMu and the Museum of Modern Art. Trendy cafes and restaurants such as Kolonel Koffie, Tinsel, Fiskebar, Vitrin, and Umamido. Best gelato spot and bakery.

Find out more about all the places to eat, drink, and sleep with activities in the city, in the travel guide De leukste plekken van Antwerpen (NL language), written by Hannah de Groot. Download the guide for €4,99 and get more interactive maps, offline spots, and updated information.





The South Walking Route in Antwerp

We'll start off on the main square in 'Het Zuid' called Marnixplaats. Lined with high mansions, wide pedestrian streets, spacious squares, and plenty of up and coming bars and restaurant, wander freely down each avenue that will bring you to another quarter. From this point, three directions shape South Antwerp: Leopold de Waelplaats just adjacent to the main square, Kloosterstraat jutting to the northwest, and Vlaamsekaai to the western corner. Everything happens in between these parameters, let yourself be surprised by this little corner of trendiness and zigzag around the district.



Revista Terrace on Karel Rogierstraat


Start your day at Kolonel Koffie on Troonplaats Square. The coffee bar offers a wide selection of sandwiches and decorated cappuccinos to fuel you for the rest of the day. If it's sunny, the terrace provides a perfect place to soak in some sun. Embark on your culture tour and head towards the river Scheldt, where you can visit FoMu, the Photo Museum of Antwerp. Housed within a large brown brick building, the museum holds exhibitions on contemporary and historical fine art photography. Seeking something more abstract? The Museum of Modern Art is just down the street from here. Spend your time wondering the contemporary and modern exhibitions, and also check out the restaurant on the top floor, where you can witness and an authentic mural by Keith Haring and the 'work of art of the month'.


Fancy something cold tie you over? Head to the Gelato Factory an artisanal Italian gelateria raved as the best ice cream in all of Antwerp. Sample some flavors such as the salted peanut, Kinder Bueno, and cheesecake gelato. When visiting Belgium, fancy pastries and sweet bread is always a must. Head on over to Dellafaille for some tarts, chocolate croissants, and decadent cakes. If you are looking for a more healthy alternative to ice cream, hop across the street to JusJus, where they serve fresh 100% cold-pressed and super-juices. They'll take care of your health conscious side, leaving out all the preservatives, added sugar and water aside.


Continue along the hip and healthy trend, and have lunch at Tinsel, a cozy bohemian cafe offering up some wholesome dishes. It's the kind of place that serves breakfast all day, so try their fresh beet root salad, pancakes, quiches, sandwiches & tosti's, homemade ice tea, cheesecake and chocolate brownie. We're sure the taste will be delectable, and your tummy will be satisfied. After your lunch, you can peruse through the Tim van Laere Gallery, displaying upcoming artists from Belgian and abroad using various forms of media, such as sculptures, paintings, videos, installation, photography.


Continue until you are almost in the center of Marnixplaats square. Here you'll have plenty of options for dining. If you want a hearty bowl of Japanese noodles, head on over to Umamido, a Japanese noodle bar. Or if you're seeking some fresh seafood, head on over to Fiskebar, an elegantly stylish bar serving some salmon, oysters, mussels with fries, and whole pan-seared fish! You'll also find the neoclassical architecture of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, which will only open its doors after 2019. To end your walking route, you'll have to enjoy a traditional borrel, which is a social gathering of familiar faces. Vitrin on Marnixplaats is the right place for this occasion, with a nice patio and lovely plywood design on the inside.


Find out more about all the places to eat, drink, and sleep with activities in the city, in the travel guide De leukste plekken van Antwerpen (NL language), written by Hannah de Groot. Download the guide for €4,99 and get more interactive maps, offline spots, and updated information.





Suggested readings:


Tinsel Cafe


The Museum of Modern Art


Gelato Factory


Dellafaille

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