One of the largest squares in the city, Groenplaats is the ideal starting point for visitors of the historic center. It gets ... More
One of the largest squares in the city, Groenplaats is the ideal starting point for visitors of the historic center. It gets quite busy during the summer tourist season. You'll enjoy numerous cafe terraces and restaurants. Street musicians provide background music, and the pubs provide great Belgian beers. Don't forget to try a Bolleke Koninck, a light brown ale which is brewed in Antwerp. Nearby you'll find cute copper, pewter and lace shops, the Fnac bookstore, the Hilton and the Cathedral .
Beautiful city with cobblestone streets and nice little shops and cafes. We stayed at the Hilton and many of the sites were in walking distance.
Don't forget to indulge in some Belgian chocolates and their wonderful waffles!
Once, it was right in the middle of two giant general stores and bordered by several old but fine "Cafee's", where you could relax,, sip a beer or have a freshly brewed coffee served with one or two succulent cookies. The stores are gone but the athmosphere is the same. It's the place to visit before you board a tram or the underground facility which takes you to the Railroad Terminal and further as well as to the Linker Oever accross the rive "Schelde". On specific days and times, de Groenplaats is the place to be ,and to listen to the music from the Cathedral's bells. Be early, because space is at a premium. Antwerpenaars and toursits alike enjoy listening to the always great "repertoire" of music while drinking a Trappist together with a "belecht broodje", like a sandwich but only available there and/or nearby. Occasionally a group of musicians perform at the Kiosk. What a wonderful way to kill time, observing the tram traffic, the tourists, the folks having a beer and chewing on a "broodje" or patate frit. YUM YUM. Enjoy the inspiring music coming from the Cathedral and you find yourself in "heaven".... not really but almost. Wish I were there now. Don't miss it folks!
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