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Antwerp Shopping Guide

Discover some of Europe’s best—and most stylish—boutiques.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  It’s one of Europe’s oldest and richest ports, but Antwerp has true 21st-century swagger, thanks largely to pioneering fashion... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Baby Beluga

A fuchsia-and-black jewel box filled with froth dresses and accessories.

Address:
1 Volkstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-289-9060

2. Belle Époque Mansions

The houses in Zurenborg—along Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat—are unique in Europe; more than 150 are designated landmarks. They range from weird (Tyrolean half-timbering in Flanders?) to the glorious (hand-painted Art Deco tile façades).

Address:
Zurenbourg
Antwerp
Belgium

Each of the five rooms and suites in this 19th-century Jewish Quarter mansion has been restored with original moldings, parquet floors, and tiles intact. Antique chesterfields and mounted hunting trophies abound.

Address:
135 Belgíëlei
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-225-5218

A quick walk from Grote Markt, this traditional restaurant serves rib-sticking Flemish dishes prepared the old-fashioned way; the saddle of hare with "melted" root vegetables is a standout.

Address:
2 Stoofstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-231-9691

A perennial favorite, this whitewashed hotel (the name, after all, means "white lily") is comprised of a row of three 17th-century restored town houses that contain a total of 10 spacious guest rooms, each filled with fresh flowers.

Address:
16-18 Keizerstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-226-19-66

6. Dôme Sur Mer

In 2006, the owners of Dôme opened this seafood brasserie across the square in the Zurenborg district. With a wide marble bar, open kitchen, and walls of windows, it’s the perfect place to polish off a split of Krug and a couple dozen belon oysters.

Address:
1 Arendstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-281-7433

A white-tiled Danish joint perfect for scallop cevice and aquavit.

Address:
12-13 Marnixplaats
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-257-1357

8. Flamant Dining

If you find yourself on the Lange Gasthuisstraat (and you should), combine lunch- linguine with black truffles perhaps—with amusing bourgeoise-watching at concept store Flamant home interior’s swank brasserie.

Address:
12 Lange Gasthuisstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-227-7441

9. FotoMuseum Antwerpen

The small museum’s collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don’t miss the bookshop which has excellent monographs.

Address:
47 Waalse Kaai
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-242-9300

10. Furniture and Clothing Selection

A well-edited collection of 20th-century ceramics and furniture, plus the odd Pucci foulard.

Address:
8 Timmerwerfstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-294-3378

You’ll have to look closely to find this unassuming restaurant on the square’s southeast corner, but don’t be dissuaded. Fare is cheap, organic, and delicious—and a stealth fashion hot spot.

Address:
12 Vrijdagmarkt
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-48-642-5606

Here’s where you book if proximity to old-town charm is important. The hotel is just a cobblestone’s throw from the historic market, Grote Markt, and is wedged between gently listing 350-year-old merchants’ houses.

Address:
11A Haarstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-201-8800

This pioneering conservatory of style is housed in the same building as the Flanders Fashion Institute and the new Yamamoto store.

Address:
28 Nationalestraat
Antwerpen
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-470-2770

Check into Violetta and Vera Pepa’s petite B&B, and a smiling sister will show you to the gold leaf-filled double room (tiny and sexy) or one of two airy suites. Croissants, fresh fruit, and strong coffee await outside your door each morning. This is a great value in Antwerp, with an Old City location that couldn’t be better for checking out... More

This mini department store stocks a very un-Antwerp lineup of blingy Italian brands in a space that’s the apotheosis of the Antwerp aesthetic: neutral and burnished, simultaneously rich and plain. A cocktail at the adjacent Martini Bar is de rigueuer.

Address:
9-11 Lange Gasthuisstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-226-9292

16. Violetta & Vera Pepa

The sister-owned store stocks their paired-down women’s line.

Address:
24 Nationalestraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-238-0021

17. Wouters & Hendrix

A jeweler? A metalsmith? An art gallery? Call it what you like, but definitely stop by. The pieces—made of sterling silver or hand-hammered 18-karat gold—are set with roughly tooled semiprecious stones and pearls.

Address:
13 Lange Gasthuisstraat
Antwerp
Belgium

Phone:
32-3-231-6242