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, VĂ©ronique 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...


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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, Alexander McQueen, JeanPaulKnott, and Low Brand. ...


  • Clothing

Here you'll find fashionable footwear for adults and children by the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Miu Miu, and Martin Margiela. ...

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...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

The largest diamond showroom is Diamondland, where tours of polishers, goldsmiths, and setters at work can be arranged before you settle...


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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...


  • Clothing

This well-known streetwear shop has retro decor, a slide from the second to first floor, limited-edition books, and designer toys in...

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...


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