Gay Antwerp

The Queer and the Fashionable

Not just an outpost of its more cosmopolitan and urban sibling Brussels, the Belgian port town of Antwerp is something special in its own right — a noticeably gay-friendly city of about 700,000 people with more than a few trump cards up its sleeve to keep you stimulated, fed, inspired and on the prowl for several days, with easy train getaways to Ghent (van Eyck altarpiece) and olde-worlde beautiful Bruges a gleeful double bonus. It may have peaked as a European power in the 16th century, ...

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Bars & Clubs

The Boots

Belgium's leather peak
Nord (North)

Cargo Club (formerly/incorporating Red & Blue)

Man on dance floor
Het Eilandje

Hessenhuis

Popular fun-minded café-bar in a former warehouse
Het Eilandje

Café Den Draak

Drinks and snacks in the Pink House
Zurenborg

Velvet Café

Local drinks and drag
Nord (North)

Café DeLux

Very central, very gay-friendly café-bar
Historisch Centrum

Cafedelove (NO FIXED ADDRESS)

Girls! Girls! Girls!, but only occasionally
Antwerp

Club Random

Cruising on the corner
Nord (North)
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Restaurants

Roma

Olde-world Italian
Central Station

Refill

Café-bar with the innuendo name
Historisch Centrum

Bakkerij Goossens

Olde-worlde busy busy bakery
Meir and Surroundings

Maison Tartine

Toasted things and more
Historisch Centrum

Monkey King

Chinese food in Antwerp
Nord (North)

De Pottekijker

Intimate, central and Belgian
Historisch Centrum

Patine

Urban rustic eating
Zuid (South)

Biologisch Dynamische Bakkerij Lapin

Healthy/tasty baked goods
Meir and Surroundings
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Hotels

Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp

Big, central and confident
Central Station

Hotel Indigo Antwerp – City Centre

Central and boutiquey
Central Station

Holiday Inn Express Antwerp City-North

Relatively inexpensive hotel near several gay landmarks
Het Eilandje

PREMIER SUITES PLUS Antwerp

All mod cons (with more pluses than cons)
Central Station

Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station

Splendidly located Hilton
Central Station

ibis Antwerpen Centrum Hotel

Cheap, contemporary and central
Meir and Surroundings

Astoria Hotel

Very decent hotel in a diamond location
Central Station

ibis budget Antwerpen Centraal Station

The basics
Central Station
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