When people think of Belgium, there are four things that usually come to mind; beer, chocolate, ice cream, and waffles! These are gastronomic delights that you certainly don't want to miss. The thought of legal prostitution doesn't even enter your consciousness. However, virtually every major city in the country has a red light district (RDL), including Antwerp. The city has a single RDL located in an area called Schipperskwartier. The name literally means 'shipper's quarters' and includes Villa Tinto, Verversrui, Vingerlingstraat, and Schippersstraat. Villa Tinto is situated up front and is often referred to as the 'Pleasure Palace'. The three are popular for window prostitution where scantily clad ladies entice prospective clients for a night of sensual pleasure or just for dinner dating.
In general, these areas are quite safe and reminiscent of Amsterdam͛s world-famous RDL. They feature a menagerie of brothels, strip clubs, sex shops, massage parlours, among other adult entertainment venues. A visit to this part of Belgium won't be complete without dropping by the red light district in Antwerp.