Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

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.

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