Belgium

Belgium Travel Guide

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

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

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

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 Grand Sablon.

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

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

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.

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

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 pullovers come in unexpected felts, knits, and thick cottons; so do the demure dresses and skirts.

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.

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-century furniture and objets - and sometimes with audiences for Baroque concerts - but the courtyard is what sets Costermans apart.

Rue Haute, like parallel Rue Blaes, traverses the Marolles district; both are dotted with antiquaries that grow more affordable the farther you travel away from the Place du Grand Sablon.