Antwerp has always been a “market town”, and the tradition of shopping at open markets shows no sign of dying out. The Sint-Jansvliet Antique Market is one of the longest standing markets in the city. Once a week, vendors and shoppers get together at Sint-Jansvliet to enjoy the wares and embrace the bargains. Anyone looking for second hand treasures should be sure to hit this antique market at least once, and collectors should not miss this chance to find that one coveted piece.
Sint-Jansvliet Antique Market has quite the personality that sets it apart from other markets in Antwerp. Through most of the week, the area is used as a basketball court. On Sundays, it transforms into a much loved antique market. It is commonly known as “Kleine Tunnelplaats”, which was its name back in the 1930s. This name was reclaimed by Antwerpens and so it sticks.
Compared to other markets in the city, Sint-Jansvliet Antique Market is of a smaller scale with around 40 dealers setting up shop each week. This does not mean that there are limited goods to browse through though. The selection is incredible, and there are some very interesting curios, knick-knacks and thing-a-me-bobs to be found. There are also loads of clothes to sift through, toys, ornaments of all shapes and sizes, porcelain dolls, silverware, glassware, crockery, books, newspapers, coin collections, kitchen utensils, gardening equipment, bits and bobs of furnishings, and a whole lot more.
The location of Sint-Jansvliet Antique Market is really rather scenic. It is close to St Anna’s Tunnel, which leads from one side of the river Scheldt to the other, and offers lovely views. Visitors to the market can recharge for further shopping by taking a walk along the river and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. It is the perfect place to take in the skyline of the city and find inspiration for further bargain hunting!