Antwerp, Belgium
Véronique, 27
Social Cultural Worker
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What are the Antwerp spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The panoramic view on top of the MAS - The Vlaeykensgang - Cathedral Antwerp

What do you do and why do you do it?

I explore and I engage myself in social matters. Why? Because It just feels right ! Sometimes you feel drawn to a certain subject. I try to think "what can I do and how?". I sing, play the piano, played improv theatre for 5 years, visit concerts/theatre, go out for drinks, watch movies with friends, ...

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

With food: 40-50 euros // just drinks: 20 euros (30 if there are shots involved)

Which Antwerp shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Het Paleis - YOUR - The Melting Pot

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Flume - Jamie xx - Childish Gambino - Olafur Arnalds - Nils Frahm - NAO - alt-J - Moby - Muse - Lianne La Havas - Bonobo - Anderson Paak - The Internet - Manu Chao - Feist - (I can't stop ! help !)

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

That's the thing with Antwerp: the nightlife is not in just one center. So every neighborhood has great activities to do by day and great nightlife-opportunities

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Camino - Civiltà del bere - Dogma's cocktail

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Antwerp?

Finjan - Nuonko's Hotdog's (a nightshop in the Geuzenstraat, he does amazing hot dogs. Well, when you're drunk, they're amazing :-) )

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go to Coffee Labs or Quetzal. Drink and eat !

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Rooftop MAS - MEATPACK - Bar Paniek

Your go-to brunch spots:

Charlie's - MOSS - Bar Vert - Murnifood

Your perfect night out in Antwerp includes:

Good company and good music ! My classic night out = drinks and food at home - drinks and dance in Pallieter - Dance in Izzy Maze until 6 AM - maybe a hotdog from Nuong'ko

Tomorrow’s your last day in Antwerp. How do you spend it?

If really hot weather: drinks and bbq in Park Spoor Noord or Bar Paniek // If rather bad weather: visit M HKA museum and have coffee in Tinsel

You’re meeting the mayor of Antwerp - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Missing car-forbidden zones. For me, the cars in Antwerp are still too many. I'd like to see zones in the central area of Antwerp where no car can come. It works in other cities, it should work in Antwerp as well.

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