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Best Markets in Antwerp

What are the best markets in Antwerp? In this article we highlight the best markets in Antwerp.
|-Best Markets in Antwerp

Antwerp, a charming city in Belgium, is a haven for expats and digital nomads who appreciate the blend of historical architecture, vibrant culture, and modern amenities. One of the city’s many attractions is its array of markets, each offering a unique shopping experience. From bustling food markets to quaint flea markets, Antwerp’s markets are a treasure trove for those looking to indulge in local flavors, find unique crafts, or simply soak in the local atmosphere. Here are some of the best markets in Antwerp that you should not miss.

Grote Markt

Location: Grote Markt, Antwerp
Type of Market: Historical Market Square
Open: Varies by event

The Grote Markt is not a market in the traditional sense but rather the central square surrounded by the City Hall and guildhalls. It is often the site of various events, including Christmas markets, food festivals, and other seasonal activities. The atmosphere here is always festive, and the architecture provides a stunning backdrop for any market set up in the square.

We Recommend: If you’re visiting during the Christmas season, try the traditional Belgian waffles and mulled wine from the festive stalls.

Vogelenmarkt (Bird Market)

Location: Theaterplein, Antwerp
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Sundays, 8-1

The Vogelenmarkt, also known as the Bird Market, is a bustling Sunday market that has grown beyond its name. While you can still find birds for sale, the market now encompasses a wide range of products including fresh produce, clothing, flowers, and antiques. It’s a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

We Recommend: Sample some local cheeses and cured meats from the food vendors – they’re perfect for a picnic in one of Antwerp’s parks.

Exotic Market

Location: Oudevaartplaats, Antwerp
Type of Market: International Food Market
Open: Saturdays, 8-4

The Exotic Market on Oudevaartplaats is a feast for the senses, offering a variety of international cuisines and products. From Mediterranean olives and spices to Asian fruits and sweets, this market is a must-visit for foodies looking to explore flavors from around the world.

We Recommend: Don’t miss out on trying some freshly made Moroccan mint tea and baklava.

Antiekmarkt (Antique Market)

Location: Lijnwaadmarkt, Antwerp
Type of Market: Antique Market
Open: Saturdays, 9-5

Located in the charming neighborhood of Zuid, the Antiekmarkt is a paradise for antique lovers. Every Saturday, the square transforms into a bustling market where you can find vintage furniture, art, jewelry, and collectibles. It’s the perfect place to hunt for unique pieces and hidden gems.

We Recommend: Look out for vintage Belgian lace, which makes for a beautiful and authentic souvenir.

St. Jansvliet Antiques and Flea Market

Location: St. Jansvliet, Antwerp
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Sundays, 9-5

Every Sunday, the square of St. Jansvliet comes alive with a flea market that offers a variety of second-hand goods, from books and records to vintage clothing and small furniture. It’s a great spot for bargain hunters and those looking for a unique piece to remember their time in Antwerp.

We Recommend: Keep an eye out for old vinyl records of Belgian artists – a great find for music enthusiasts.

Friday Market (Vrijdagmarkt)

Location: Vrijdagmarkt, Antwerp
Type of Market: Auction Market
Open: Fridays, 9-1

The Friday Market is a traditional public auction market where you can witness the age-old practice of selling second-hand goods to the highest bidder. It’s a unique experience and a chance to grab some interesting items at potentially low prices. The atmosphere is electric, and the auctioneers’ chants add to the excitement.

We Recommend: Even if you’re not buying, it’s worth going for the experience and maybe you’ll be tempted to bid on a piece of vintage Belgian decor.

Green Market (Bio Markt)

Location: Falconplein, Antwerp
Type of Market: Organic Market
Open: Sundays, 8-4

The Green Market, also known as the Bio Markt, is where you’ll find organic and sustainably produced goods. It’s a smaller, more intimate market that focuses on quality over quantity, with vendors selling everything from organic fruits and vegetables to eco-friendly household products.

We Recommend: Try the organic bread and pastries – they are delicious and made with care for the environment.

Swan Market

Location: Grote Markt, Antwerp (occasionally in other locations)
Type of Market: Lifestyle Market
Open: Occasional Sundays, check their schedule

The Swan Market is a traveling lifestyle market that occasionally sets up in Antwerp. It’s a platform for creative entrepreneurs to showcase their handmade goods, vintage items, and delicious food. The market has a festival-like atmosphere with live music and workshops, making it a fun day out for the whole family.

We Recommend: Look for handmade jewelry and accessories – they make for unique gifts or personal keepsakes.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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