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If you like opera you might want to try to visit
the 'Vlaamse opera'. It is said that the Antwerp
opera brings high quality performances.
They got concerts : classical music with
great international know singers or the real
Now , I just enjoy it once in a while. I don't know
a thing about quality. But I love the atmosphere
in the Operahouse.
The Antwerp opera is often sold out...FAST.
But you can always give it a try. Just call the
reservation office and pick up the tickets .
Yes , it is also expensive..
Think about 70 euro for a nice seat ,
and 4 euro for a place where you can see nothing.
A little warning...they also charge you
administrative costs , even if you pick them up
Antwerp has a very nice opera house. It was
build turn of the century , beautiful balconies ,
such a nice ceiling.(enlarge the picture)
People really dress up to go to the opera.
That is not so in all the cities in Belgium..
If you like to wear those 1920's dress and pearls ,
go ahead. If your eyebrows are extravagant long ,
enjoy and fit in. If you love to wear moroccan
moccasins with silver on top and gold ,
feel free. And if you 80 and want to wear
pink mascara , that is just great.
But dress up a bit...and watch the people in
the bar in between chapters.
Address: Van Ertbornstraat 8 , 2018 Antwerpen
Very central located...
The entrance is if front of the 30 year old
temporary bridge on the 'leien'. Between the
central station and the beginning of the most
important shopping street in Belgium the 'Meir'
Phone: +32-(0)3- 202 10 11
Theme: Live Music
Café au lait
The owner of this place had a dream.
He wanted a place where 'Antwerpenaars' of different
backgrounds and countries were welcome.
Since Antwerpenaars of different backgrounds
don't know each other that well.
And he managed to accomplish that dream.
'Café au lait' has it's own atmosphere and
The interior is warm , decorated with african
masks , there is a cuddle corner and a dj brings
you in the richt mood if you want to go out
afterwards. The coctails are of superb quality...
Address: Oude beurs 8 , 2000 Antwerpen
Very close to the 'grote markt'.
'Den boer van Tienen'
This is the second oldest pub in Antwerp.
It has a large terrace that is very popular with
the locals and a veranda with a huge tv where
people gather together to watch footbal and
But it is especially the inside that is weird.
Time really passes by. Probably the only new
thing here is the expresso machine , they
serve excellent coffee. :-). The local visitors
that can be found here are also not really
living in this century. Just the perfect place to
Have a look at the old floor , the wooden
panneling , the old chairs and tables...drink a
beer tapped from the barrel or order some
cheese as a snack....
Phone: 03 233 04 24
Theme: Eating and Drinking
Red and blue
The red and blue is the most famous gay
danceclub in the wide wide area.
It is located in an old warehouse. Not a
concrete box , but a place with character and
Saturday is gay night , meaning there
are no women allowed in the place. The only
women you will see have got an extra inch.
Please check on the website for the
If your not gay , why not have a look at the pictures
Dress Code: Less is more. A muscular body... lol
Address: Lange schipperskapelstraat 11 , 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: Schipperskwartier , (red light district) ,
end of tram 7 and 4.
Website: http://%cb www.redandblue.be
Antwerp used to be full of movie
theaters..Now there are only a few left.
UGC is is the largest city cinema
worldwide with 17 rooms.
A good location , some restaurants in the
neighbourhood and we don't like the movies
to be dubbed. We love them in their original
language...so if you like...
The hours when the movies start are a bit
unconventional...try to find out in advance.
(zone 03 is a good guide , or take the folder
in cafes and restaurants)
Address: Van ertbornstraat 17 , 2018 Antwerpen
Directions: Near keyserlei , central station ,
zoo , aquatopia ,
't echt antwerps kiekenkot-restaurant ,
Website: http://%cb www.ugc.be
Dageraadplaats is the name of the
square where this caf? is located. Here you
are far from the busy 'grote markt'
and 'groenplaats' where the busses with
ZEEZICHT means 'view on the sea' I don't
know how they came up with this name..but
there is absolutely no sea in the area. In
summertime and even when the last
glimpses of sunshine visit Antwerp you can
see a sea of people enjoying the terrace- the
largest in town I think.
The audience is a nice mixture of colors ,
ages and...a laid-back atmosphere.
Inside sit on the old tables and wooden
benches , wooden floors ....
Try the beer of the month , drink a genever
with passionfruit filled till the edge...
O and if you see somebody with a large
hippo , teddy , duck , ...it means the restaurant
upstairs is full (again) and they are waiting to
be picked up.
Dress Code: Whatever fits
Address: dageraadplaats , 2018 antwerpen
Tram 11 stops on the 'Dageraadplaats'.
Take it on the Melkmarkt near 'groenplaats'
or on the corner of the 'astridplein'.
11 Also stops near Berchem train station.
This street used to be full of gay bars... and is
still more known by the 'Antwerpenaars' as
the rue Vaseline.
By gays it was know as the 'going out' spot in
Belgium , but also for its hard social habbits.
Nowadays the street has a sad
appearance with lots of empty houses , a sex-
shop and the last remains from what used to
be a vibrant street.
Gay night life has spread all over the city ,
became more divers.... Antwerp is a very
popular going out spot in Belgium.
Dress Code: whatever - a bit extravagant maybe?
Address: Van schoonhovestraat , 2060 Antwerpen
Directions: Near the central station ,
chinatown , aquatopia , the zoo ,
The street right of the Astrid Parc Plaza hotel.
This place is closed for now...bankrupt. Quit sure it will ope again soon. For now it is only open an hour before and after a play in the opera and only for people with a ticket.
Since 1907 this is the café of the flemish
opera. It is quit large and unique in Antwerp
and people still come here before and after a play.
Time has stood still in this place. Just like a
hunderd years ago marble pillars support the
spacious arches. Soft music on the
background...In the middle of each vault the
God Dyonisos keeps an eye on you.
Often visited by people alone who want to
read - because you got a lot of privacy around
here...and you can still feel the vibrant city
Dress Code: On the evening of an opera you will feel
more comfartable when dressed up a bit...
On a lazy afternoon...who cares.
Address: Van ertbornstraat 2 , 2018 Antwerpen
Directions: A vieuw on the busterminal ,
Franklin Rooseveltplaats ,
5 minutes from entrance meir
and central station-zoo-aquatopia
Phone: 03 225 16 09
This is a small café near a square. In
summertime a nice terrace is added and the
kids can play and climb in the play yard.
Nothing really special...just a cosy place.
But every saturday you can enjoy live Jazz
music....please be in time starts at 22h
Dress Code: Jazzy. lol
Address: Sint Andriesplaats 17 , 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: Sint Andries quarter.
Somewhere between the 'groenplaats'
and the museum of fine arts.
Phone: 03 234 05 36
Theme: Live Music
Everybody knows to find broadway
when travelling to New York...no?
Well I've got some stunning figures for you.
In ANTWERP every year there are about 90
theater companies active.Together they play
an amazing more then 1500 plays.
And that are more then 180 different pieces.
What about that?
I'm afraid that most of them are in Dutch and
not that accesable for foreigners. But often
plays are dance performances or without
We got a sort of theater district. Within
walking distance from the theaterplein
(what's in a name) 7 large theaters are
Please check the calendar , ask vt'rs if you
are interested in one thing or another.
(sources : De morgen , sat 13/9/2003)
In the picture you can see a puppet of theater
FROE FROE. They travel with their plays
around the country. Most plays are
interactive , people , video , puppet
performances and are quit amazing. For big
and little children.
Directions: Please check the website from theater froe froe.
It is available in different languages...
and have fun.
Website: http://%cb www.froefroe.be
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