Antwerp has its own Critical Mass bike rides, which take place on the last Friday of every month. Cyclists assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm and cycle in and around the city together for around an hour, for a healthy and eco-friendly start to the weekend.
Afterwards, you might wish to head to An Sibhin on Nationale Straat where Croque Manouche will be playing at 9. The kitchen is going to be open later than usual and serving food from 6.30 (chilli con carne, beef burritos, veggie burgers and beef burgers) if you want to eat beforehand.
The 29th January marks the start of Antwerp Patisserie Week (Pateekes week) which involves various bakeries, and tea & coffee houses round the town. This is an annual event and the way it works is that you buy a “Pateekes Pass” for 10 euros at the Tourist office on Grote Markt. This provides you with 10 vouchers (‘bonnetjes’) which you can exchange for cakes and pastries at the participating venues -you will be provided with a list of these when you buy the pass.
At 6pm head over to Design Center Winkelhaak for a retro and second hand furniture & design market called Dubieus Design. It’s 5 euros in (includes a glass of bubbles) but is also on on Saturday from 10am -6pm for free.
In the same building is the lovely Bar Oscar if you are feeling hungry or thirsty….
If you have children who like to move and dance you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for Dansen Met Lotte at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice, chilled space with plenty of room, but is likely to be busier and noisier when the kids’ dance event is taking place.
For adults who also love to dance there is a Flamenco festival at the Zuiderpershuis on both Saturday and Sunday night, it’s a little pricier than most events that I list here (36 euros pre-sale; 40 at the venue) but it is obviously an event that is a big deal if you are a flamenco fan!
At 10am there’s Madame Woll’s monthly knitting atelier for 8 euros (bring your own materials).
There’s also a big fleamarket on The Schijnpoortweg from 10-6pm, 2,50 entrance.
And Het Steen is open for kids (6+) for the free time-themed atelier which takes place above the café -walk in any time between 1pm and 4pm.
And a cinema tip for grown-up film fans: the Belgian-made film Problemski Hotel, which is now showing in Antwerp at Cartoons Cinema near the cathedral was warmly recommended to me by a colleague this week.
Weather is likely to be much milder in terms of temperatures, this weekend, but with the possibility of some showers in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday (and breezy). Friday is forecast to be dry all day.
Do comment, mail & Tweet your feedback and suggestions -are there events I am missing? Let me know.
Until next Thursday 🙂
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