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Antwerp

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Meet Antwerp

Antwerp is the second-largest city of Belgium and is most noteworthy for its charming medieval center and rich art scene which has attracted many great artists and fashionistas over the years.

Antwerp has a buzzing art scene and was once home to one of the most prominent Baroque painters of the 16th century, Pieter Paul Rubens. Now, you can explore the storied history and culture of the city through its many museums dotted around, as well as its booming fashion scene. But there’s so much more to this city than its strong connection to the world of art. The center of the city, for example, is a medieval wonderland, which is full of cobbled streets, ancient cathedrals, and quaint coffee shops. If you’re a fan of large open squares and magnificent, old architecture, then you’ll feel right at home in this Belgian city. Its main plaza rivals that of the capital, Brussels, and its riverside fortress is worth the price of entry alone. As a historically wealthy city, home to many bankers and well-off merchants, Antwerp is adorned with decadent buildings on almost every street of its old center.

Where to live in Antwerp

Expats who move here often fall in love with the city of Antwerp, due to its lively atmosphere, cultural diversity, and international flavor. There are many different neighborhoods to choose from in Belgium’s second-largest city, which range from the wonderfully historic city center to the busy port and the art-oriented Het Zuid in the south. As a large city, you’re likely to find all the amenities you need wherever you decide to live, and you can always hop on a bus or train to get around if you need to.

Best Neighborhoods in Antwerp

The best neighborhoods in Antwerp are the historic city center, Het Zuid, Het Eilandje, and if you’re looking for more of an escape from urban life, Deurne. Each of these neighborhoods has something unique to offer, be it a welcoming atmosphere and a variety of cafes and restaurants, easy walking to the port of the city, a buzzing art scene, or even a paradise of parks and waterways. There truly is something for everyone in Antwerp; you just have to figure out what it is that you want.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Antwerp. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

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Quick Facts About Antwerp

While it may well be the second-most populous city of Belgium, it’s possible that you haven’t heard Antwerp mentioned in many conversations about Belgium, such is the magic of Bruges and the allure of the capital Brussels. But you may well be surprised to learn that Antwerp is not only worth your time but a must-visit city in the country. Here are some facts to help you get to know it a little better:
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Work in Antwerp

As a thriving Belgian city and the second-largest in the country, there are many top employers based in Antwerp covering a range of job sectors. Antwerp is a rapidly growing European city due to its large port, so it’s a great place to set up a business or find solid work and will be going forward. Some of the biggest employers in the Belgian city include the huge phone company Nokia, the large manufacturer of pharmaceuticals Pfizer, and the Spanish fashion chain Zara.

How good is Antwerp for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Antwerp. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Antwerp for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Antwerp

While Antwerp’s food and drink scene isn’t necessarily anything to write home about, it is still varied and has plenty to offer the hungry traveler. Grand cafe de Rooden Hoed is a great place to start if you’re interested in sampling local Belgian cuisine, as you’ll find a host of authentic Flemish dishes in this hugely popular restaurant. If you’d prefer a memorable experience, then perhaps you’d be better off going to Bourla, which is housed in a decadent building in the Graanmarkt of Antwerp. The food here is high quality, as is the service and the atmosphere. The nightlife and live music scene of Antwerp are lively, and there are many bars, pubs, and other venues to get your drink on at. The De Muze jazz cafe is a top venue for seeing live jazz in the center of the city while sampling some of Belgium’s best beers on tap. Korsakov is an interesting bar with a pool table and a wide selection of top beers. Finally, Paters Vaetje is a must-visit bar in the city, offering up a unique drinking experience close to the cathedral. Here is where you’ll find out why Belgium has such a great reputation for its beers.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Antwerp

In Antwerp, you have a perfect blend of nature, water, and human made structures. This city blends green spaces and water bodies seamlessly into the urban environment and sits on a large port that conducts a lot of business. The city is home to great shopping, fantastic museums revealing the city’s culture and history, and a host of fun bars and restaurants to enjoy after a long day of walking.

Museum Vleeshuis | Klank van de Stad

Vleeshouwersstraat 38, Antwerpen

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Comics Station Antwerp

Kievitplein, Antwerpen

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Nello & Patrache Statue

Handschoenmarkt 3-21, Antwerpen

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Port Authority

Zaha Hadidplein 1, Antwerpen

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Plantin-Moretus Museum

Vrijdagmarkt 22-23, Antwerpen

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St. Anna's Pedestrian Tunnel

Sint-Annatunnel, Antwerpen

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