Holidays in Antwerp Market Square

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Antwerp Market Square showing street scenes, heritage architecture and a city

Spend an hour or two people watching beneath 16th-century buildings in Antwerp’s cultural heart.

Take a seat in a cafe along the Grote Markt and enjoy a rich hot chocolate or a cool Belgian beer as you watch the comings and goings of Antwerp’s historical center. The city’s main square is surrounded by 16th-century architecture, with the impressive Brabo Fountain at its heart. Locals come to enjoy the many cafes, shops and restaurants that line the square.

The City Hall dominates the western side of the Grote Markt. It was built in 1565 and remains a fine example of Renaissance architecture, with elements of both Flemish and Italian style. Note the red brick arches of the ground floor, which were once filled with dozens of small shops. Above this, two rows of Ionic columns give the building a more Roman feel.

In the center of the square is the towering green statue of Brabo, Antwerp’s most famous mythical figure. It is said that Brabo slayed the giant who charged excessive tolls to those wanting to enter the city by water. The statue depicts him throwing the giant’s hand into the river Scheldte.

Surrounding the square are the attractive Guild Houses, which date back to the early 16th century. The original houses were destroyed by fire. The buildings you see today are the result of a 19th-century renovation, which explains the lavish decorations on the facades. Look for the golden statues on the roofs of several of the houses.

Stop for a tasting in a boutique chocolate shop or enjoy a lunch of mussels washed down with an artisan beer. As the sun goes down and the buildings are lit up, the square takes on a romantic feel, perfect for a stroll or an intimate meal.

Those visiting in December can browse for presents or souvenirs at the annual Christmas markets. Winter also sees the installation of an ice rink in the square. Rent a pair of skates and glide beneath the many shuttered windows of some of the town’s oldest buildings.

The square is open all year. It’s within walking distance of many of Antwerp’s major attractions. There’s no fee to enter.

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393 Cheap Hotels Near Antwerp Market Square

Citybox Antwerp
Citybox Antwerp
2 Molenbergstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$73 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in University District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp Beguinage, Meir and Antwerp Zoo. Port of Antwerp and Cathedral of Our Lady are ...
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Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2021

Citybox Antwerp
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
4 out of 5
Groenplaats 32, Antwerp
The price is AU$189 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Green Square, Farmers' Tower and Cathedral of Our Lady. Antwerp Market Square and Plantin-Moretus Museum are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (972 reviews)
"Excellent location and very friendly, helpful staff. Highly recommend staying here."

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

Hilton Antwerp Old Town
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
3 out of 5
36 Frankrijklei, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
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The price is AU$91 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Antwerp Zoo, Rubens House and Chocolate Nation. Cathedral of Our Lady and Antwerp Market Square ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"Friendly, clean and inside the centre"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2021

B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
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Citybox Antwerp
Citybox Antwerp
2 Molenbergstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$73 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Citybox Antwerp
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
4 out of 5
Groenplaats 32, Antwerp
The price is AU$189 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Hilton Antwerp Old Town
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
3 out of 5
36 Frankrijklei, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$91 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
B&B Hotel Antwerp Centre
HotelO Kathedral Antwerp
HotelO Kathedral Antwerp
3.5 out of 5
Handschoenmarkt 3, Antwerp
The price is AU$133 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
HotelO Kathedral Antwerp
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
4 out of 5
Oude Beurs 29, Antwerp
The price is AU$212 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Hotel Rubens - Grote Markt
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
4 out of 5
Koningin Astridplein 7, Antwerp
The price is AU$188 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp
ibis Antwerpen Centrum
ibis Antwerpen Centrum
3 out of 5
Meistraat 39, Antwerp
The price is AU$93 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
ibis Antwerpen Centrum
A-STAY Antwerpen
A-STAY Antwerpen
3.5 out of 5
86 Pelikaanstraat, Antwerp, Vlaanderen
The price is AU$90 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
A-STAY Antwerpen
Century Hotel Antwerpen
Century Hotel Antwerpen
3 out of 5
Pelikaanstraat 20, Antwerp
The price is AU$98 per night from 6 Jan. to 6 Jan.
Century Hotel Antwerpen
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