Spring is a good time to visit Antwerp, when the days get longer and lighter, parks begin to open and you get to experience the city in full swing before the locals disappear for the summer season. Home of Rubens, baroque architecture and some of Belgium’s best farm-to-fork restaurants, Antwerp is a longstanding hotbed of creativity. The medieval city is full of galleries dedicated to the master painters of old Flanders, while boat tours celebrating the city’s rich maritime history. In terms of gastronomy, beer and chocolate obviously feature quite heavily. Be sure to visit the De Koninck brewery for a VR tour, which ends with a sampling of its signature brews. The trendy southern quarter, Het Zuid, has many cool bistros and coffee shops where you can carb out on waffles and fries.
Stay: August, Boulevard Leopold, Hotel Matelote
Eat: De Godevaart, t’Zilte, Graanmarkt 13