The market square of Antwerp is not as big as the 'Grand Place' of Brussels, but definitely as grand is the 'Grote Markt', the market-square-of-Antwerp. One of must see major attractions in Antwerp.
Surrounded by guild houses and the 16th century Stadhuis (City Hall) it's a very impressive sight. Most
of these guild houses are replicas of what used to stand here in the
16th century. Although these are not the original structures, it’s still
The market-square-of-Antwerp was the focal point of power during the city's Golden Age. Look around at the beautiful buildings and classical Renaissance style architecture.
In front of the City Hall, you’ll find the famous fountain of Brabo. This is the favorite spot for youngsters to meet up after the school holidays.
Since traffic has been banned, it is a very pleasant square and a perfect spot to stop for a Belgian beer. Den Engel at Nr. 3 is a classic favorite with the locals but The Valk at Nr. 11 and 't Genblick at No 12 have the better view.
The Valk is a budget restaurant right on the market square of Antwerp - that has all you can eat spare ribs or Gamba’s (Shrimps).
It's perfect for having a beer on the outside terrace - do try a strong, dark beer like the Kaiser Karel (also known as Charles Quint). Charles Quint is produced by the Haacht Brewery, (Boortmeerbeek, north east of of Brussels). Although one of the larger Abbey Breweries Haacht is proud of their history and traditional brewing methods. They have been brewing since 1898 and are now the third largest Pilsner brewery.
Return from market square of Antwerp to Antwerpens Districts.