ANTWERP, CITY TO PHOTOGRAPH
Antwerp is one of my favorite cities. I don’t exactly know why but I always feel at home when I’m there. You'll probably feel the same when you're visiting! Antwerp is a historical and very beautiful city filled with character.
It has a beautiful cathedral in the middle of the city, a historical marketplace with beautiful architecture surrounding it. Maybe it’s because I have visited it for many years, starting with a trip with my wife when we were celebrating our first year together .. a long time ago.
Fact is that Antwerp is a beautiful city to photograph. That’s why I decided to make this blog post for all those photographers which are looking for special places in this wonderful Belgium city.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM CEREAL
I visit Antwerp a few times each year, and every time I come back with many wonderful images. While I know the city pretty well, I decided to research the city like I always do whit shoots of places I haven’t been before. I searched for Antwerp on Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr and created a custom map in Google Maps with some placemarks of photogenic locations to visit. Some new, some old.
At the same time I was delighted to see that Cereal Magazine published "a guide to Antwerp by Dries van Noten" in their 10th issue and I decided to visit some of these places as well.
Here is an impression of my last visit to this wonderful city.
NATIONALESTRAAT & SURROUNDINGS
The contents of the display window of Goossens looks delicious! This oldest and well known bakery, from 1884, is situated in the Korte Gasthuisstraat in Antwerp and is famous for their (rain) breads. I love these old shops like these, they make the city different from others and Antwerp is full with characteristic shops like Goossens.
GROOTE MARKT AT SUNRISE
The guild houses seems to be made of gold in this light..
KOPSTRAATJE & STEENHOUWERSVEST
This is a special place. Hidden in the heart of the old city quarter. This peaceful alley (1591), the oldest street of Antwerp, and it takes you right back into the 16th century. It's one of the best kept secrets of Antwerp and something I haven't noted on my map. You should find it yourself.
I started looking for this place after Siebe Warmoeskerken shared some of his photos of Vlaaikensgang. I knew I had to visit it to 'feel' it myself and have done this every time since that first time..
STAIRCASE OF “DEN BELL”
As a photographer you really shouldn't miss this beautiful staircase. This time I shot it looking up but I will return to shoot it top-down. A true gem in Antwerp.
MAS stands for "Museum aan de Stroom" and the museum collection tells the story of the city and it's port and .. on the roof of MAS you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view of beautiful Antwerp. A view you shouldn't miss, especially as a photographer.
Cogels Osylei, one of the most beautiful streets in Antwerp. I read about this street in issue 10 of my favorite magazine: Cereal. And it was a good find by them..
Can you find the man in suit in one of these photos?
RECOMMENDED PLACES IN ANTWERP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Here is a list with some of those places which can be useful to you when you are going to Antwerp to capture it, you can also find them on the custom map. Remember, always try and capture it in your own unique view. I can’t wait to see what you make of these photogenic locations. And please let me know if you found any other good spots to capture, so I can update this post in the (near) feature.
- De Groote Markt
- Den Bell staircase
- Sint-Annatunnel (voetgangertunnel)
- Bakkerij Goossens
- Copyright Bookshop
- Morrison store
- Cogels Osylei
- Centraal Station (train station)