“Vintage-chic suites and apartments for 2-4, overlooking Vrijdagmarkt and its Friday flea market in central Antwerp”
There are 2 apartments for 2-4 - one on the first floor, one on the third - and 2 suites for 2 (both on the second floor). In all of them, you can expect quirky, retro decor details: a small wooden sledge used as a clothes hanger; a shining Alessi lemon squeezer on a shelf; annotated Wallpaper* guides where the owner has deleted old institutions and added her own personal favourites; a large cowskin hide; wild, pink-haired trolls under bell jars. These are things that you will love or hate; I’m proud to declare myself as a lover, not a hater.
In the apartments, you get a large, airy living area with a TV, DVD player and iPod dock, opening into the kitchen, which has a table and chairs and all mod cons. There are 2 double bedrooms (in the 3rd floor apartment, one can be set up with separate beds), and one brown marble bathroom with a tub and shower, plus a separate WC.
The 2 suites have the same level of comfort and style, but about half the space, with an integrated sitting area, and no kitchen. Bathrooms come with powerful rain showers and Molton Brown products.
In all but the cheapest suite, you'll find large windows which let the light flood through, with a view of the square and the floodlit Plantin & Moretus museum at night.
The apartments have full kitchens with a hob, oven, sink, kettle, coffee machine and stylish retro-chic cups and saucers. They are well-equipped if you’re planning on staying for a week or even longer, and basic ingredients are provided in a welcome hamper (oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, coffee, teabags). For groceries, there are a couple of supermarkets an easy walk from the square.
If you're staying in a suite (which share a basic kitchenette, not suitable for cooking) or want to eat out, there are numerous places to choose. Karin recommends Roscam, the small café in the square, and otherwise you can take your pick from cones of chips covered with thick mayonnaise in the Groenplaats nearby, to fine Italian dining at Renaissance on Nationalestraat.
Foodie adventures abound in the city, whether you want to eat at a designer location like MAS (the Museum an der Stroom, the city’s finest modern art gallery), or at hipster cafés in the Zuid district. A particularly interesting place to dine is the home restaurant Carrods, where the owner opens her doors to all comers for a fixed rate. Book in advance.