Antwerp

Antwerp Travel Guide

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).

Friday morning see an antiques auction in the Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market).

The exhibition space and salesroom lets the public observe cutters and setters through windowed booths.

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

The association vets dealers and has strict membership criteria—to be eligible, you have to have been in the market for at least 10 years.

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

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

The atelier-laboratory of Antwerp Six fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck.

Diamond House sits the heart of Antwerp's jewelry district.

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.

For years the Zuid district was considered up-and-coming, now this glamorous nexus is considered permanently chic.

Here, an exhaustive history of the diamond trade is offered but most come for the dark corridors that hold brightly lit cases filled with 19th-century regal diamond diadems, bravura tiaras, and other staggering works of art.

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.

The antique-jewelry shop is just down the street from Dries Van Noten's fashion flagship.