Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium with a lively gay scene! The trendiest part of town is the southern region, with quaint shops and cafes to suit your fancy. This gorgeous city is known for its diamond industry, although locally made chocolate is a close retail favorite second for visitors. The famous painter Rubens also called Antwerp home, and the fine arts influences can be felt all around the city. The best place to get a taste of local culture is in the various weekend markets that happen around town. To get off the beaten path, rent bikes and explore the more rural parts of the city.
Antwerp Gay Scene
Since hosting the Eurogames and Mr. Gay World competition in the past few decades, Antwerp's gay scene has flourished. The vibrant gay scene of Antwerp centers around the Benelux district of the city. There is incredible shopping and one of the most impressive collections of art nouveau architecture in Europe. The six-floor fetish bar Boots is one of the best of its kind in the world, and attracts visitors from neighboring countries and across Belgium.
Boekhandel 't Verschil
This is one of Europe's most popular LGBT bookstores and cafes, with quaint outdoor seating when the weather gets warm.
Que Pasa Cafe
This centrally located hidden gem bills itself as a gay latin cafe and bar, complete with drag parties, great food, and a cozy atmosphere.
This swanky cafe is one of the most popular spots in town for the gay community, regardless of the time of day. For a strong cup of coffee and am impressive atmosphere, look no further.
Red & Blue
This poppin' club is busy year-round, but holds two annual events Navigaytion and Studio 54 which are not to be missed!
This bar and restaurant is housed in an authentic 16th century building- with a beautiful terrace!
Popi Cafe is the stomping ground for the local gay community. Complete with a collection of books, newspapers, and great people-watching!
A kinky leather bar has lots to offer visitors after dark.
The Blackhole is a fetish bar in Antwerp with fun themed parties all year round.
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The airport is only a few miles from the city, although it is also easily accessible via local trains. Visitors should explore the city by foot, or rent a bike to experience the natural beauty nearby. Antwerp's Museum aan de Stroom is its newest and largest museum in the city, and offers incredible views from its rooftop lookout point!