Flights of Fancy: Antwerp
We’ve all been aching for a trip, haven’t we? Though we may have enjoyed the last 18 months of hibernation, everyone we know is not just ready but ecstatic to be on the go again. Who ever thought we’d be missing delayed flights, bland airplane food and hotel city taxes so desperately?
The best of Antwerp
While we’re certainly going to hit up some of our old travel standbys, we feel like we’re entering a new era of travel. We’re not necessarily on the hunt for exotic locales and totally off the grid restaurants, but we do find ourselves gravitating to unsung heroes. We’re booking trips to second cities and not-so-hotspots, to places that were hiding in plain sight all along. You heard us right. We’re ditching glamorous, glittering Paris and heading northeast. We’re booking a trip to Antwerp. Wondering what to do whilst you’re there? We’ve got you covered
Where to stay?
Do you love Hotel Grand Amour? You’ll fall just as head over heels for Graanmarkt 13. Never stay anywhere but Hotel Particulier? Book a room at August Antwerp; you may never look back!
Where to eat?
If you can’t get enough of Septime whenever you’re in the 11th, we promise you’ll find Le John just as dreamy. Never leave Paris without a baguette in tow from Du Pain et Des Idees? Give Domestic Bakkerij a go. The pastries are nothing to sneeze at; trust us.
Where to shop?
Forget Merci. Shopping is just as good (if not better) at St. Vincents and Renaissance.
Where to go?
And, last but not least, we can never resist a little culture. While the Atelier Brancusi is all well and good, we simply adore the Rubenshuis. And while it may not be the Louvre, the Plantin-Moretus Museum will have you thinking ‘Mona Lisa, who?’