As we disembarked from the train, the opulent Antwerp Central Station immediately stole our hearts. It’s often touted as one of the world’s most beautiful railway stations, and I wholeheartedly agree. The stunning architecture and intricate design set the stage for my adventure. We opted for accommodation nearby so we could take our time admiring the Central train station.
From there, we ventured into the interesting Belgian cobbled streets leading to the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal). The Gothic grandeur of the cathedral was nothing short of awe-inspiring. It was still quite cold yet the atmosphere was welcoming. We had a quick snack at the Frites Atelier, a fries shop to experience Belgium’s fries. Did you know that French fries originated in Belgium and not in France?
Day 2: Shop ‘Til You Drop and More Grandeur
The second day was all about retail therapy. Antwerp’s shopping district beckoned, offering a mix of trendy boutiques and high-end stores. As we strolled along Meir Street, I couldn’t help but indulge in some retail therapy. It was a shopping paradise!
Day 3: Wild Encounters and Family Fun
Our last day in Antwerp was spent at the Antwerpen Zoo. Antwerp Zoo is a place teeming with fascinating wildlife. It was a day of exploration and discovery, making it perfect for families (like us!)and wildlife enthusiasts. The zoo’s rich history and its commitment to conservation were truly admirable.
Our trip to Antwerp was short and sweet, yet we were still able to enjoy the city. All the places we visited were within walking distance of the central train station and our accommodation. It was tiring to wander the city in the cold, yet Antwerp had a lot of food choices that warmed up our bodies like Luikse waffles, coffee, fries, beer, and Asian comfort food. Here’s a quick video of all the yummy things we devoured in Antwerpen.
@carolranas Weekend away in #Antwerp involved a lot of FOOD!! Ate a lot of food and left no crumbs.. #teamperez #travelmemories #foodie @imsosh ♬ Candy (edit) – Robbie Williams
So, whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, a food lover, a shopaholic, or simply seeking family-friendly adventures, Antwerp is a city with something for everyone. It’s a journey filled with architectural grandeur, culinary delights, and the zest for life. Until next time, Antwerp! 🚆🏛🍜🛍🎢🌍