Spring in Antwerp

Newsletter - March 2023

Antwerp has various plans for the coming months. In this newsletter, we have collected highlights, news and tips. Would you like to know more about a particular subject, are you looking for visual material or are you planning a trip to Antwerp? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The new Michelin stars

The world-renowned Michelin stars were once again awarded on Monday 13 March. On that occasion, Antwerp was granted several new stars. Restaurant Misera by chef Nicolas Misera and wine bistro Glass  by chef Wouter Van Tichelen and sommelier Jurgen Lijcops were both awarded one star. Instroom by chef Seppe Nobels and  WILDn  by chef Bart De Pooter received a green star. This star rewards restaurants that are committed to sustainability. Ko'uzi and Glou Glou came away with a Bib Gourmand. This is awarded to restaurants that offer great value for money. Antwerp now boasts 17 starred restaurants, good for a combined 21 stars.

Antwerp Art Weekend

At the end of May, galleries, art spaces and museums will be throwing open their doors once again for the Antwerp Art Weekend. For four days, everyone can come and enjoy what Antwerp has to offer in terms of contemporary visual art. Spaces pull out all the stops to offer a comprehensive programme with plenty of fringe activities. (18.05-21.05.2023)

Man Ray and Fashion

The exhibition marries Man Ray's iconic photography and artwork with fashion silhouettes from the interwar period, with the work of contemporary fashion designers and photographers inspired by his work. On display will be creations by Chanel, Maison Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Norine, Yves Saint Laurent, Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, Dries Van Noten and others. (22.04-13.08.2023, MoMu)

Now on view at MoMu: Geometrically Wired. This exhibition is offering an insight into the life and work of the Belgian artist IO Van Oostveldt. (25.02-30.07.2023)

Baroque Influencers

On 22 April, the new Baroque Influencers city festival kicks off, which will be showcasing the influence of the Baroque era and the pivotal role the Jesuits played in Antwerp. Until the end of November, you can immerse yourself in various aspects of the Baroque. Some highlights:

Baroque Influencers. Jesuits, Rubens and the arts of persuasion - barokkeinfluencers.be
'Baroque Influencers' shows how the leading figures in Antwerp in the long seventeenth-century thought, dreamed, worked and prayed. The exhibition gathers devotional prints, etchings and books from the collections of several heritage institutions,
Antwerp (Re-)Active: Search-Stadium - barokkeinfluencers.be
The artistic project at the Port House is curated by Sergio Servellón. Through a mix of art, events, discussions, theatre and lectures, visitors are invited to actively participate in this dialogue.
Art society De Pelgrim - barokkeinfluencers.be
This exhibition rediscovers the (international) network of De Pelgrim and the religious community art of the interwar period.

Reopening DIVA

After some renovations, DIVA - the museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver - will be reopening its doors on 24 March. The permanent exhibition DIVA, a Brilliant Story, has been given a new look. Here, visitors will discover the different stages of a piece of jewellery or silverware; from the mine to the finished product thanks to a journey that is explained across seven rooms.

CNN praises Antwerp as cycling city

US news channel CNN puts Antwerp in the top 10 of cities to explore by bike. In addition to Antwerp, the list also includes Bern, Copenhagen, Leipzig, Melbourne, Montreal, San Francisco, Strasbourg, Tel Aviv and Utrecht.  Read the full article here.

Want to come discover it for yourself? Go on an adventure by taking the Urban Jungle bike route or the Architecture Route and be surprised by well-known and lesser-known gems in and around the city. Or go out with a guide on a guided bike tour.


  • 18-21.05.2023: the culinary festival Antwerpen Proeft (Taste of Antwerp) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
  • 25-27.08.2023:  the Giants of the French theatre company Royal De Luxe  will be visiting Antwerp again this summer.
  • 30.09-08.10.2023: the world's best gymnasts compete at the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp's Sportpaleis.
  • 20.10.2023-21.01.2024: KMSKA lets you look at intruiging Heads in portraits.
  • 31.10.2023-25.02.2024: the exhibition Rare and Indispensable at the MAS showcases 100 masterpieces from Flemish collections.
  • 17.11.2023-18.02.2024: the Museum Plantin-Moretus is putting on display 85 old drawings from Flemish collections in the exhibition "From scribble to cartoon. ​

Find out what's coming up this year in this handy overview .

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Antwerp, city on the stream, world port, international diamond centre, home to Rubens and renowned Mecca for fashion… all these aspects make Antwerp the city it is meant to be: a dazzling, hospitable easy to get around metropolis, cosy and heart-warming, plenty of stimulating greenery and calm nooks. A great shopping paradise with shops of designers from Antwerp and superior expertise. A cultural city blessed with delightful architecture, impassioned works of art and impressive monuments. In the cafés they serve the best beers and in the many restaurants food enthusiasts can enjoy the most delicious traditional and multi-cultural dishes. Antwerp is something else and a lot more fun, come and find out for yourself!