When walking in the smallest city in Antwerp you’ll feel like the time stopped, in fact this medieval street dates back to 1591. Most people would walk by the entrance of the secret passage Vlaaikensgang and not even notice it. It’s the smallest street in Antwerp and if you don’t look for it (even if there is a sign oustide, before the entrance) you would just ignore it. The spot where the street starts isn’t fancy at all, nor touristic and it connects Oude Koornstraat to Pelgrimstraat.
Vlaaikensgang used to be the place where shoe polishers and poor people used to live. Funny to think is today’s residence of two charming restaurants: the brasserie ‘t Hofke and the Michelin’s starred Sir Anthony van Dijk. The best moment to walk this cute alley is in summertime when the Cathedral bells are singing. Then just find a spot, close your eyes and listen. The echo of the bells and the atmosphere will bring you back to the sixteen century.