The coziest squares in Antwerp

Want to experience the real city life of Antwerp? Then visit one of the many beautiful squares in the city. Here are the five coziest squares in Antwerp that you shouldn’t miss:

Grote Markt Antwerp

The Grote Markt in Antwerp is a historical gem full of breathtaking architecture. Upon arrival, you’ll be immediately captivated by the beautiful Antwerp City Hall, an impressive Renaissance building from the 16th century that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the middle of the square, you’ll see the remarkable Brabo Fountain, where Brabo throws the hand of the giant Antigoon, as described in an old Antwerp legend. Surrounding the market are stunning guild houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, each with a unique facade and rich history. Don’t forget to take a break at Den Engel, an iconic café on the corner of the Grote Markt, where you can enjoy a drink with a view of the square.

Handschoenmarkt Antwerp

The Handschoenmarkt is a charming little square beneath the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady. It’s within walking distance of the Grote Markt and the Groenplaats and is usually bustling with tourists. The local shops offer typical Belgian products such as chocolate, lace, and beer, giving the square a distinctly Belgian feel. Remember to take a photo with Nello and Patrasche, the marble statues in the middle of the square.

Picture: A group poses by the statue of Nello and Patrasche at the cozy Glove Market.  

Theaterplein Antwerp

The Theaterplein is the liveliest square in Antwerp. On Sunday mornings, the square buzzes with activity during the Vogelenmarkt, where you can buy fresh produce, flowers, and clothing. The square transforms into an exotic market on Saturdays, perfect for tasting local and foreign delicacies and enjoying a wide range of food and drink options. Around the square, you’ll also find great eateries to enjoy delicious food, Belgian wines, and ice cream. The Theaterplein is also home to the Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen and Het Paleis, a youth theater known for its creative performances for young audiences. Nearby is the Bourla Theater, which provides a historic setting for a night out and is also beautiful to see from the outside.

Vrijdagmarkt Antwerpen

The Vrijdagmarkt exudes classic charm. Every Friday, the square transforms into a market full of antiques, curiosities, books, and second-hand goods. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs. In the middle of the Vrijdagmarkt, you’ll find the statue of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of ragpickers. However, the tourist highlight of the square is undoubtedly the Museum Plantin-Moretus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It showcases the world’s oldest printing presses and offers a treasure trove of old books and manuscripts. It’s well worth a visit! The surrounding streets of the Vrijdagmarkt are also known for their vibrant street art scene, with various murals and graffiti enhancing the street view. Oh, if you’re interested in street art, our street art tour might be just the thing for you and your travel companions. It’s an exciting bike tour where a guide shows you the most beautiful murals in Antwerp.

Hendrik Conscienceplein

The Hendrik Conscienceplein in Antwerp is a charming and historical square named after the famous Flemish writer Hendrik Conscience. The statue of Hendrik Conscience honors the legacy of this significant figure in Flemish literary history. One of the most impressive sights on the Hendrik Conscienceplein is the Carolus Borromeus Church. With its impressive facade and rich interior, this beautiful Baroque church adds an extra layer of historical splendor to the square. The Hendrik Conscienceplein is a peaceful spot in the middle of the city. Still, because it attracts various street musicians, there is often plenty of ambiance. The cozy terraces and cafés make the Hendrik Conscienceplein popular for tourists and locals.

Explore Antwerp by Bike

A bike tour through Antwerp is a fantastic way to explore the city. In just a few hours, you’ll be guided through all the highlights of this Flemish gem. During the tour, you’ll hear fascinating stories and interesting facts about the city and discover places you would never have found otherwise.

Think you can’t visit lovely squares on a bike tour? Think again! In Antwerp, cyclists are also allowed in pedestrian zones. So there’s no square you can’t reach on a bike tour!