Beer and liquor and delicatesses, Antwerp
If after a night out is curtailed by being bit skinny for money you can find one of these night shops in most neighbourhoods to pick up a late takeaway drink and a nibble. They're a bit more expensive than the supermarkets but not overly so.
They all stock a good range of beers, wines, spirits, ciggies and even some non-essentials such as food. Service is generally friendly - providing you don't look like a drug-fiend.
I've read that the Antwerp city authorities want to get rid of them but HEY! - are they going to make the supermarkets stay open all night?
Located opposite city hall and a few minutes walk from the river is small but excellent liquor store selling over 275 different beers.Talk about spoilt for choice,every Belgium Beer you can think of plus imported beers from France,Germany and Britain.A great wine selection too as well as tobacco and novelty gifts.If its a beer you want this is the place.
What to buy: Beer,Wine,tobacco products.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy,average Belgium bottle of beer is between €2.50 and €4.
This page would not be complete without men-
tioning 'KLEINBLATT'. Kleinblatt is in the
provinciestraat over a hunderd years. The
neighbourhood has changed in that time.
When the Bakery first opened it was in the
middle of the rich jewish citizens houses.
Now the main parth of the street are moroccan
shops , a polish supermarket , some Turkish
bakeries and a lot of telephone and internetshops.
The jewish community has moved to the
other side of the railway - near the city park.
The street doesn't looks so fresh anymore.
I find it an interesting street and I love it there
but it isn't popular with most 'Antwerpenaars'
What to buy:
But let's talk Kleinblatt. ;-) There is nothing
special about the bakery itselve. It is what they
sell. A good friend of mine always let me stop
for their special bread. German bread with sour-
dough. The cheesecake they sell per weight is
My personal favorites are the little breads with
all sorts of seeds and grains. And if the season
is there , buy their pastry filled with blueberries.
You'll see that everything is in different sections,
pavé etc. If they are not too busy they'll explain
to you what it all means. And you will understand
why it is also a bit more expensive.
I know yasir from the saturday-market on
the 'theaterplein' but he also has a shop in
Spices ...His family where traders for
ages. With a camel they did the Soedan-
route , coriander , pili pili and to India.
He ended up in Antwerp...makes some
things himself like spiced feta-cheese and
You should just smell his shop.
Ok can see what you are thinking...spices ,
valise , smell...
Just go in then for DOLFIN-chocolate .
-Dark chocolate with pink peppercorn-
a bit weird and they got other weird tastes as
well...but it's belgian chocolate. Get to know
it. Take it with you to surprise your family.
Tuesday , wednesday : 14h-19h
Thursday till Sunday : 11h-19h
What to pay: average
This is the oldest bakery in trown. Since 1884.
It is a very small bakery and still very popular.
The antwerpenaars don't mind standing
outside and wait to get their 'Rogge vertommeke'.
This is a sort of bread with raisins in it. A nice
full taste and a real delicacy.
Belgium is the land where you can get fine
sweet baked goods. Every little village has
his own baker who still does it himself. I'm
sorry if u where thinking the french have more
fine 'patisserie' , you'll laugh with what the
residents of the netherlands will give u and if
u want to eat something out of a factory sold
in a plastic bag go to england...
I'm not saying they don't have special things ,
they are much harder to find there.
What to buy: Rogge vertommeke
Lange rozijnen - long raisin bread (boorish)
See for yourself...
This shop is so special because it's the only one in Belgian selling so many different kinds of gin.
They also sell miniature bottles and gift packages with bottles and glass.
Next to the shop, on the other corner of the street, they have a pub where you can try the gin.
What to buy: About 400 different kinds of Belgian gin, fruit gin and liquor from 50 different brands.
At the opposite corner of the pub The Vagant, you will find this little shop with the same name.
Here you can find a plentitude of not only Belgian jenevers but also some other local liquors.
What to buy: It is really a hard nut to crack... LOL
Ask Chiara! she didn't knew what she had to chose but evt she made her choice and bought 3 different mini bottles of jenever.
What to pay: Looking at Chiara's gesture I think it was affordable...
she seems like to say... it only costs this little `-)
What to buy: Oh where do you start? They sell all nature of wonderful foodstuffs (including many that I wouldn't touch, but that's not to say others won't like them).
For a start there's all this stuff in bottles and jars - half of it I don't even know what it was - animal, fruit or vegetable!
They sell wonderful fresh fruit and veg, by the way, as well as the usual deli stuff of cheeses, meats, sausages etc, and pasta, oils, vinegars...
This shop was one of most vivid memories from our first visit to Antwerp, and we could still find it, and they still sold the same stuff. Wonderful.
What to pay: Whatever it costs.
A beer paradise. Maybe not the biggest selection you'll find anywhere, but certainly a high quality selection (no "toursisty" beers here like Banana etc. but plenty of Boon, Hanssens and other more "quality" beers).
What to buy: Take your pick - like I say, they have more of the original and genuine high class beers than the latter day boutique brewed "bandwagon" beers that are appearing.
Other beer shops would be "Belgian Beers" in Reyndersstraat, near to "De Groote Witte Arend" pub (see nightlife section).
Bierparadijs on Handschoenmarkt , one of Antwerps main central squares (the one in front of the Cathedral!)
What to pay: Less than you'd pay in say the city centre and a lot less than in Brugge!
Sells everything honey!
Honeys, honeycombs, candles, soaps... even cuddly bees!
What to buy: Honeys, honeycombs, candles, soaps... even cuddly bees!
We bought loads of those wafers that you sit on top of coffee to warm up... usually made with caramel, but here made with honey of course!
Sells everything olive. Olive oil, olives, olive soap, candles, cook books... you name it.
What to buy: What do you want? We bought some extra virgin and some basil flavoured olive oil, along with the special pouring spouts to go in the bottles.
It was all exquisitely wrapped up - it was a shame to open it when we got home.
In Antwerp there is a shop close to the cathedral were you can buy 280 different kinds of Belgium beers.