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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Ann Demeulemeester

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Ann Demeulemeester sells her clothes in an elegant corner store not far from the MHKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst). ...

Antwerp Diamond Jewellers Association

  • Jewelry/Accessories

For advice on buying diamonds at the retail level (and details of the essential four Cs: carat, color, clarity, and cut) you can contact...

Bakkerij Goossens

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Founded in 1884, Bakkerij Goossens is a popular old favorite with locals. Try their classic roggeverdommeke —a rye bread stuffed with...


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The traditional handmade confections at this shop include delectable creations like chocolates filled with honey caramel and almond paste,...

Closing Date

  • Clothing

Closing Date stocks pieces by Vivienne Westwood, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Dsquared², JeanPaulKnott, and Low Brand. ...

Diamond High Council

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The Diamond High Council, also known by the acronym HRD, provides a directory of diamond-related businesses—but their core function...


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FNAC, an all-purpose media shop, is a staple in many large Belgian cities; Antwerp's version stocks a good selection of English-language...


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After nearly 20 years in the same building, this well-known streetwear store has moved its retro decor, DJs, snacks, hairdresser's, and...

Ganterie A. Boon

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For a fascinating glimpse of how shopping used to be, stop by Ganterie A. Boon, which stocks old-fashioned leather gloves that appeal...

Graanmarkt 13

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Tucked just off a lovely square in a 19th-century town house, Graanmarkt 13 offers a nicely edited selection of women's clothes, including...


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