here are things about my stay:
hostel: i stayed at the antwerp city hostel (a member of hosteling international). it was super clean but also the equivalent of sterile. SO much concrete. SO MUCH! here, however, i made some bffs. second day i met a girl from brazil staying with me and we ended up having a drink together that evening which turned into us befriending two other solo travelers, two guys from italy and [french] canada. all of the other guests were strangely doing work on their computers and in meetings - we were like, F that. other than these, the hostel was in an excellent location and very easy to get to and from and nearby everything!
transport: i took the train and then the tram to my hostel, but i really could have walked from the train station to the hostel. the tram runs all about but was pretty unnecessary. antwerp was very walkable.
food: less exciting, though my food was good. i had some pizza, ice cream from a truck, waffle from same truck, and the usual - BEER.
communication: everyone spoke english. every menu was available in english. easy.
sights: i pretty much saw it all, but mostly from the outside - the schelde river, the 't steen castley thing, the grote markt, and the cathedral of our lady (which i paid to go in - student price FTW!). i appreciated the architecture here more than in brussels even though i'm not sure of any striking differences; i think perhaps i just liked the city and the atmosphere here more and therefore liked the sites more. antwerp is a small city however; you can do the whole thing in a day.
nightlife: i was there on sunday and monday nights so not too much going on, but my new friends and i made it out to a karaoke bar on monday which was quite hilarious as they offered songs in nearly every language! one rando was particularly awesome having an incredible voice and singing songs in 5 different languages!
cathedral of our lady