For two-thirds of the year, from March to October, an open-air book market is held on the third Sunday of every month from 10 am to 5 pm at the De Coninckplein, a triangular-shaped square about two long blocks north of the central railway station in Antwerp.
Of course most of the books are in Dutch, which is a bit frustrating for someone like me who cannot read that language (some of the words look like German words, but that’s no guarantee they mean the same).
Still, I think it’s interesting to see what sort of books they have on offer and to watch the people browsing and reading. And there are a few stands that also offer books in English, French and German.
A lot of the used books are very cheap. One or two Euros per book is common.
The Velo-Antwerpen bike station 032 Permeke is located directly on De Coninckplein. The red bikes of the Velo-Antwerpen system all have luggage racks above the front wheel, so it is easy to transport books that you have bought at the book market.
My photos in this post are from 2012. I revised the text in 2019.
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3 thoughts on “Open-air book market in Antwerp”
Thank you for sharing this. I love Antwerpen but didn’t know about the book market. Happy Holidays!
I would love this but wouldn’t want books in Dutch!
Wow Don glad to have found you again, ex-VT member Songlines and my blog on wordpress is http://gaiainaction.blog I will be back and for one have enjoyed your write-up about Antwerp of course 🙂