Antwerp is only an hour’s drive away from my home, so I go there regularly. I think it is a wonderful city, with many different (sometimes still unpolished) neighbourhoods that offer great opportunities for wandering around or shopping (however, avoid the Meir if at all possible…the city offers so many other nice places! ). Or you can visit the various cultural highlights. And above all, there are many lively restaurants and bars to enjoy good food and drinks. However, as Antwerp is so close by, I hardly ever get to spend the night there. Time to pack my overnight bag and change this!

My destination is “De Vrijdagmarkt”, or Fridaymarket. On this beautiful hidden square, at a prime location, you will find my newest discovery: aplace antwerp. It consists of two suites and two apartments which, once you’ve arrived, you won’t want to leave! After giving it a thorough face-lift, the hospitable owner Karin opened the doors to this local hideaway at the end 2012. She had finally found a place to display all her “objets trouvés”. For, as the name Fridaymarket suggests, a flea market is held on the square every Friday and Karin was able to find the most wonderful objects here, that have now found a second (or third, or fourth…?) home in aplace. And you won’t find any junk here either. On the contrary, the accommodation is decorated thoughtfully and tastefully (often with a wink) and you will very comfortable in this perfect mix of vintage and modern.

Both suites are equally spacious. One is at the front of the building, with a wonderful view of the square, the other is at the back and has two rooms: a small living-room and a bedroom. The luxurious bathroom with its lovely bath amenities, the comfortable bed, the espresso machine, the I-pod docking station and digital television all add to the feeling of luxury.

Should you be looking for a bigger place to stay, for instance because you’re visiting with family or friends, or if you’re here for a longer period of time, I would advise you to book one of the two apartments. These are truly wonderful….this is how I would like to live in Antwerp! Spacious, with two bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom with a separate toilet, an enormous living room and a fully equipped kitchen. And, above all, a picture postcard view of the Fridaymarket, both during the day and at night. The apartments are also furnished with the coolest vintage finds….I should really come back with a trailer and visit the flea market myself once!!

It will be hard to leave this wonderful suite or apartment, but hey, you won’t want to miss out on one of the nicest cities in Belgium and this one is right at your doorstep. So, as the Belgians say: “Allée” and get a move on!

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