Swan Market Antwerpen at Grote Markt
Swan Market originates in Netherlands. For Swan Market Antwerpen, it started in April 2015. Ever since, once or twice a month from April to September, the event would take place in Grote Markt, near to the Groenplaats. You can locate Swan Market Antwerpen in front of the famous City Hall (Stadhuis van Antwerpen) and near to the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal).
The concept of Swan Market focuses on entrepreneurship of handmade, design, vintage and organic items. They are mostly ladies’ stuff like bags, wallets, jewellery and clothes, just to name a few of the more common display. Because many items are handmade, the design only comes in a single piece. That is the uniqueness since there would be no repetition. The prices of these handmade items were high too.
What I like about the Swan Market Antwerpen during my visit under the blazing sun in a warm summer, was the free can of drink given by one of the sponsors, San Pellegrino. You can see from the photo below that many people were queueing up for the free drinks. One could also choose the flavour. At another corner was a few food stalls and bars. Tables and seats were available.
There was also a bouncing castle for kids and some live music performance. As we arrived around 12.30 pm and stayed there for nearly one hour, the live music had not started yet. So far, the location of Swan Market in Belgium happens only in Antwerp. However, throughout the year, the Swan Market takes place at different cities in Netherlands. The event in Antwerp is free.
Are You an Aspiring Entrepreneur?
For aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to rent a stall to display your hand-made items or have ideas on any other creative workshops, you can check out the organiser’s page, SHPPR booth rental rates. The organiser would need a few days to decide whether your concept fits into their theme or if there is an overwhelming supply of similar objects on sales.
Swan Market Antwerpen 2017 Dates
The next and the last date in 2017 for Swan Market is on the 10 Sept 2017 @ 11 am to 6 pm. On this date, there is also another flea market – Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats in Zurenborg district and Rommelmarkt Goegekregen langs de Antwerpse Singel from 9 am to 6 pm. You can visit both markets on the same day. Swan Market highlights on new items whereas Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats and Goegekregen are selling mostly second-hand items.
Located in one of the most touristic areas in Antwerp, locals would be familiar with the area and have no problem going there. However, I would like to be kind to tourists or people who are not sure how to go to Groenplaats. Here is a Google Map to reach the location.
» From Antwerp Central Station
Walk approximately 21 minutes for 1.7 km. If you take a train to Antwerp, the walk from Antwerp Central Station to Grote Markt is highly recommended. You can pass through Meir which is the most trendy shopping street in Antwerp. However, on Sunday, most of the shops are closed. You get a glimpse of the fashion anyway. If you like, you can also catch a tram or buses within the vicinity.
» From Antwerpen Premetrostation Groenplaats
If you take tram 3, 5, 9 and 15, alight at “Groenplaats” Light Rail Station. Walk 400 m for 5 minutes to the Swan Market Antwerpen at Grote Markt.
There are a lot more trams and buses that go to the area around Grote Markt and Groenplaats. You have to find the tram number that is the most convenient for you to reach the destination by consulting Google Maps.
A few steps away from the Swan Market is a Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 61 in Grote Markt. Be it a bowl of Pho vermicelli noodles or just some spring rolls as snacks, read my food review of Pho 61 Antwerpen and try the food there! Have fun there!