Once northern Europe’s greatest city, today Antwerp is one of its best-kept secrets. Antwerp pairs Bruges-style good looks with big-city cool. The unofficial capital of
Flanders is laden with historic riches and home to world-class arts and design, and in
2018 it’s showing its cultural chops with a celebration of its baroque heyday. Inspired by the city’s most famous resident, baroque artist Rubens, Antwerp Baroque 2018 will feature Flemish masters rubbing shoulders with modern talent in a calendar that spans parades, concerts, street art, multimedia shows and workshops. Though Antwerp doesn’t skimp on Belgian classics such as beer, chocolate and the gin-like genever, the port city is unafraid to go all out when it comes to food and drink, especially in the old docklands of Het Eilandje. Its warehouses brim with coffee shops, cocktail bars and restaurants, mingling with hi-tech museums and architectural showstoppers.
» Don’t Miss A bike ride of a few hours is enough to explore the old town and docklands, street-art-filled Park Spoor Noord, art nouveau Zurenborg and Antwerp’s left bank, with its postcard-worthy skyline.