Around the Grote Markt, Groenplaats and the Cathedral you will find numerous cozy streets with numerous souvenirs and specialties. In the Wolstraat and the Lange Koepoortstraat (accessible via the Grand Bazar Shopping Center) you have to be for books and brocante. On hendrik conscienceplein you can dine romantically after a long day in Antwerp.
The Wild Sea
For authentic craftsmanship you have to be in the atmospheric streets of De Wilde Zee. Fashionable accessories, exclusive beauty products, but also delicious delicacies: discover Antwerp from its most refined side.
For timeless, chic clothing, you need to be at the clothing stores in schuttershofstraat and hopland. Nearby are the Leopoldstraat, Sint-Jorispoort and Mechelsesteenweg, where antique and interior decoration enthusiasts can indulge themselves. The Bourla and Stadsschouwburg honour the name of Antwerp’s greatest theatre tradition; if you like theatre, you should definitely visit it. In the Horta complex you can shop, eat delicious food and enjoy the beautiful architecture.
The Fashion District
In and around the Nationalestraat you will find the creative heart of the Antwerp fashion scene. To name a few: Flanders Fashion Institute, ModeNatie, ModeMuseum, Academie… The well-known Japanese fashion designer has his largest Flagship Store in the world here. Highly recommended for the fashion lover. In the boutiques in the Kammenstraat and around it you will find separate streetwear. And the Kloosterstraat is the Valhalla for brocante fans.
In Het Zuid you will find Art and Kitchen: 3 large museums, refurbished auction houses, numerous galleries and the new special palace of justice. With a corresponding mix of design and interior shops around it. And for the inner man a diverse range of cafes, terraces and restaurants. All ingredients for a Day Out.
Of course there is much more to do in Antwerp, far too much to mention here. Let’s list a few more for you:
Discover the unique underwater world of Aquatopia. Aquatopia is so much more than “just” an aquarium. Discover more than 10,000 exotic fish and animals in a natural habitat here. It is even possible to swim among the sharks! And after the discovery tour, children can play in the indoor playground and ball pool. For more information about shows, entrance fees and opening hours, see aquatopia website
The Antwerp Ruien
For the real adventurers, this is an exciting, but also historic walk. The moults, the underground corridor system of Antwerp, reveal a large part of the history of this beautiful city. If you choose the “Lange Rui” (guided walk) you will get an underground adventure, explained with an exhibition about the history of the moults. Back above ground, you can ask the experienced guide questions. For more information and reservations, see website of the Antwerp Ruien