Antwerp, Belgium

Many people don't know what to make of the small country wedged between progressive Holland and bougie France. 
Wanderlawyer Antwerp Belgium

Belgium is a weird place. Many people don’t know what to make of the small country wedged between progressive Holland and bougie France. 

Geographically, Antwerp appears to have even more of an identity crisis, sitting right on the border between Belgium and The Netherlands. Home to one of the largest diamond exchanges in the world, you might assume Antwerp would be too expensive to spend a few weeks working remotely. 

However, we learned that not only is Antwerp very affordable, but one of the best work remote locations for wander lawyers in Western Europe. 

A central hub of the Lowlands, Antwerp has been diverse port of commerce for centuries. Beginning in the 1400s, merchants from different cultures to flocked to banks of the River Scheldt to buy and sell spices, furniture, exotic foods, and other valuable goods. 

Walking around Antwerp today, this international history shines in the city’s culture and food scene. 

Despite a population of only 500,000 people, the city truly can call itself cosmopolitan. Antwerp boast an incredible international food scene with restaurants offering South East Asian, Indian, Syrian, West African, and Peruvian cuisine. Of course, no trip to Antwerp is complete without enjoying Belgium Frites (Fries) and a few pints of authentic Belgium beer. 

In addition to its delicious food, Antwerp offers world class shopping with all major luxury and  midrange brands clustered near the city center in the shopping district.  

Other noteworthy features of Antwerp include its beautiful architecture that blends historic renaissance and industrial revolution style buildings with incredibly striking modern structures. 

The numerous modes of transportation in Antwerp make getting around incredibly easy. Not only does Antwerp boast a large train station which offers direct lines to major hubs such as Amsterdam and Brussels, but Antwerp has a convenient light rail system which makes getting across town easy. Bike rentals hubs are ubiquitous and  bike paths snake around the city streets. In our opinion, the best way to explore the city is to rent a bike for the low cost of 5 euros per day from one of the bike hubs scattered around town. 

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Antwerp: 

Accessibility 5/5 stars. 

Delicious food 4/5 stars. 

Affordability 4/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 5/5 stars. 

Weather 2.5/5 stars

Friendliness 4/5 stars

Nightlife 3/5 stars

Vibe 4/5 stars

Overall score: 4/5 stars. 

Recommendations: 

Lodging

Besides finding some killer deals on AirBnB, checkout the Hotel Indigo in Antwerp’s city center for hip lodging at an affordable price, or the Hotel Julien for a modern luxurious stay. 

Food

No trip to Antwerp is complete without a big cone of frites from Fritkot Max, located in Groenplaats square in front of Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp. Some other delicious options:   Poule & Poulette located near Museum aan de Stroom &  Ni Shifu (Master Ni’s) Chinese Sichuan restaurant  located on Breydelstraat in the international food and casino district. 

Nightlife/bars

Antwerp has a small club scene, but the real attractions are the tons of pubs, bars, breweries and beer gardens. If beer is not your scene, you may be disappointed. However, if you enjoy a nice pint then you will be very happy with Antwerp’s options. Our favorite spots were De Muze, Baret, Barracuda, and Bar Paniek 

Remote working locations

Antwerp has a local coworking company that offers some awesome co-working spots at affordable options Humgy co-working has 3 locations near Antwerp central and offers both day and month passes. At $200 euros per month, Humgy offers better coworking at cheaper prices compared to pretty much anywhere else in Western Europe. https://www.humgy.com/. Antwerp also has many cafes and public squares with awesome internet connections, so be sure to venture outside to check it out. 

Transportation- Getting to Antwerp is easy. Fly into Brussels and take a 45 min train ride, or fly into Amsterdam and take a 75 min ride. Once you arrive, Ubers and Taxis are affordable, but anticipate on using alternative modes of transit such as bikes, scooters, and your feet to explore the city. Bike rentals are common, popular, and very affordable. We would not recommend renting a car. 

VERDICT

Although there’s much to be desired in terms of the weather, Antwerp earns a nod from us as a top notch work remote city for wander lawyers because of its inexpensive cost, great food, and the ease to explore the city. These features, combined with the great coworking options, make Antwerp a winner. 

-WL 

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.