Antwerp Shopping

Much of Antwerp's reputation for edgy chic comes from its clothing designers; dedicated followers of fashion consider the city in a league with Milan and Paris, and Antwerp-based couturiers regularly appear in the international glossies. Credit for this development goes to the so-called Antwerp Six (students of Linda Loppa from the class of 1981 at Antwerp's Fashion Academy) and in equal measure

to the new wave of talent that has more recently stormed the catwalks. Ready-to-wear by stalwarts Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, and relative newcomers Raf Simons, Véronique Branquinho, and Wim Neels command high prices. However, in the shopping area south of Groenplaats, prices are less astronomical. And, of course, the Diamantwijk is prime territory for glittering precious stones. Bear in mind that pretty much everything grinds to a halt on most Sundays, but unlike the rest of Belgium, on the first Sunday of the month, retailers' shops doors are miraculously flung open and customers are welcomed inside. In January and July, these special shopping days signal the start of the sales.

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Maison de Parfum In Fine

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

This shop has an amazing selection of perfumes and a nice display of glass bottles, but it's discovering the secret alchemy between perfume...

Philip's Biscuits

  • Food/Candy

If you're after an edible souvenir from Antwerp, head for the old-fashioned biscuit and cake store Philip's Biscuits. Speculaas (spiced...

Renaissance

  • Clothing

A spacious and chic black-and-white store near MoMu (the fashion museum), Renaissance showcases high-end clothing brands such as Jil...

SN3

  • Clothing

SN3, in a former cinema, is worth a look for women's wear by Chanel, Prada Sport, Miu Miu, and Stella McCartney. ...

Stadsfeestzaal

  • Clothing

Built in 1908 as an exhibitions and events space, the Stadsfeestzaal was gutted by a major fire in 2000. Now fully restored, it houses...

Stephan Schneider

  • Clothing

Stephan Schneider designs many of his own fabrics and uses them in both men's and women's collections. His boutique is sharply designed,...

Sweertvaegher

  • Food/Candy

If only chocolate will do, try family-run Sweertvaegher, which has been selling the stuff since the 1930s. You'll find all the traditional...

The Chocolate Line

  • Food/Candy

For chocolate filled with unusual flavors like Japanese wasabi, Coca-Cola, or crisp fried onion, head to this self-proclaimed "shock-o-latier...

Verso

  • Clothing

A longtime presence on the designer-clothing scene, Verso, located in a former bank, carries such labels as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana,...

XSO

  • Clothing

XSO is the place for men's and women's clothing by Issey Miyake, John Smedley, and Cividini. ...

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