Things to Do in Belgium

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

To go antiquing in Brussels is to bask in civility and ease. Stay hard by the Gothic, gilded Grand Place - a square called on of the most beautiful in... Read More

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. Read More

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

The houses in Zurenborg - along Cogels-Osylei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat - are unique in Europe; more than 150 are designated landmarks. They... Read More

Treat yourself to a package of speculoos (traditional Belgian spice cookies) to snack on as you descend back toward the Grand Place. Read More

One of the few active breweries remaining in Brussels is the family-run Cantillon Brewery, built in 1900 in an old warehouse and famous for its acidic... Read More

These dealers in African art and relics as well as the adjacent Congo Basin Art History Research Center can be found on a charming lane off the Place du... Read More

Established in 1839, this antiques store is one of the few still holding on to its spot on the Place du Grand Sablon. Its salons are filled with 18th... Read More

A building in two parts: the old wing, an 18th-century mansion that showcases re-creations of domestic life in that era; and next door, a modern... Read More

At the Desmet antiques gallery, nearly everything is of majestic scale and almost nothing is Belgian. Sarcophagus-like stone tubs come from France,... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

The multitalented Muriel Bardinet (dealer, interior designer, painter, photographer) puts the chic back into shabby. Behind the striking curved-glass fa... Read More

A daring shoe store located near the Nationalestraat. Read More

The designer makes custom vintage-style jackets and dresses. Pick up one of her tailored, Audrey Hepburn-inspired evening gowns. Read More

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... Read More

A well-edited collection of 20th-century ceramics and furniture, plus the odd Pucci foulard. Read More

An ormolu-mounted fruit-wood desk and a bench of thick rubber molded to resemble giant blocks of chocolate front a huge painting of African dancers.... Read More

Haute Antiques houses 40 dealers whose wares span the full range of styles and periods, from a fanciful iron birdcage and a mod trapezoidal fireplace,... Read More

Caroline Naudts was so taken with Belgium's emerging fashion scene that she opened this boutique to showcase innovative designers such as Ann... Read More

Though they aim to emulate Axel Vervoordt, this design store is a more affordable and polite version of eclectic Belgian style. Read More

Find Katz in his Appelmansstraat digs, a chic showroom with a massive marble fireplace and an imposing chandelier. "You must consider your jeweler as... Read More

Rue Haute, like parallel Rue Blaes, traverses the Marolles district; both are dotted with antiquaries that grow more affordable the farther you travel... Read More

American decorators haunt this place for Michel Lambrecht's clever furnishings. Read More

This year-old cooking school–cum–bookshop also sells esoteric ingredients like Orleans vinegar. Read More

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

A clothing boutique with Martin Margiela sweaters and Veronique Branquinho heels. Read More

The late-19th-century building houses a satisfying number of Flemish and Dutch masters—including Rubens and van Dyck, and several first-rate landscapes... Read More

Do yourself a favor and stop by the boutique chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini, in Place du Grand Sablon. Read More

What to Expect: Brussels' Christmas market has been around only since 2002, but it pulls off its Plaisirs d'Hiver/Winter Pret ("Pleasures of Winter")... Read More

The Gothic spires are one of the town’s most recognized landmarks, but inside the church is the true treasure—the 15th-century altarpiece... Read More

A two-story, white-walled space in the southern part of the city, this museum is one of the best contemporary art museums in Belgium, with a permanent... Read More

If collections in black, off-black, and charcoal-blakc are your thing, Schneider's tiny atelier will please you. Skinny men's trousers, shirts, and... Read More

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... Read More

Vincent Colet is a shop that appreciates the industrial, as in the Triplex Pendlar lamp, by Swedish inventor-designer Johan Petter provenance. Colet has... Read More

Midcentury Modern furniture by such legendary designers as Charles and Ray Eames and Jean Prouvé. Read More

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

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

Take a break from antiques-hunting with a stop by this chococalatier in Place du Grand Sablon. Read More

A jeweler?A metalsmith?An art gallery?Call it what you like, but definitely stop by. The pieces - made of sterling silver or hand-hammered 18-karat gold... Read More

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

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