Visitors wanting to experience the old soul of Antwerp should infiltrate a 'bruin cafe', a people's bar without glamour but with tons of stories and interesting characters. Often the prices blow you back to the 90's and the elegantly shabby interiors take you even further. De Pelikaan, for instance, a people's stronghold in the centre of town. If you google "authenticity" and "Antwerp" together, you'll find a picture of this bar. It boasts no less than two terraces, one giving you a view of the cathedral. Indeed, by "brown" standards this is a spacious place. Inside, all sorts of people may or may not try to talk to you, but the atmosphere is always cordial. As said before, the prices are as outmoded as the drinks are generous, which is unique in any city centre.