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Guide to Stylish Antwerp

Emily Mott Antwerp

Photo: Emily Mott

It’s one of europe’s oldest and richest ports, but Antwerp has true 21st-century swagger, thanks largely to pioneering fashion designers Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten. Several other spots deemed to be the continent’s “Next Hot Cities” have lately enjoyed their moments, and meanwhile Antwerpers have kept on doing what they do best: quietly creating absurdly stylish places to eat and shop. Read the article

Destinations: Antwerp

Inspired by: Stylish Antwerp — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Feb. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    Room National

    Check into Violetta and Vera Pepa’s petite B&B, and a smiling sister will show you to the gold leaf–filled double room (tiny and sexy) or one of tw

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    Matelote

    Here’s where you book if proximity to old-town charm is important. The hotel is just a cobblestone's throw from the historic market, Grote Markt, a

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    Boulevard Leopold Bed and Breakfast

    Each of the five rooms and suites in this 19th-century Jewish Quarter mansion has been restored with original moldings, parquet floors, and tiles i

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    De Witte Lelie

    A perennial favorite, this whitewashed hotel (the name, after all, means "white lily") is comprised of a row of three 17th-century restored town h

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Restaurants (6)

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    Fiskebar

    A white-tiled Danish joint perfect for scallop cevice and aquavit.

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    Dôme Sur Mer

    In 2006, the owners of Dôme opened this seafood brasserie across the square in the Zurenborg district. With a wide marble bar, open kitchen, and wa

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    In De Roscam

    You'll have to look closely to find this unassuming restaurant on the square's southeast corner, but don't be dissuaded. Fare is cheap, organic, an

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    Flamant Dining

    If you find yourself on the Lange Gasthuisstraat (and you should), combine lunch- linguine with black truffles perhaps - with amusing bourgeoise-wa

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    De Kleine Zavel

    A quick walk from Grote Markt, this traditional restaurant serves rib-sticking Flemish dishes prepared the old-fashioned way; the saddle of hare wi

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    Dôme

Activities (10)

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    Furniture and Clothing Selection

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

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    Wouters & Hendrix

    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

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    Violetta & Vera Pepa

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

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    Verso

    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: neut

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    ModeMuseum

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

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    FotoMuseum Antwerpen

    The small museum's collection of vintage cameras and photgraphy equipment offers a comprehensive history of the craft. Don't miss the bookshop whic

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    Elsa

    A daring shoe store located near the Nationalestraat.

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    Belle Époque Mansions

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

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    Baby Beluga

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

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    A friendlier, more welcoming France? In Bordeaux, the country’s oldest and most iconic wine-growing region, the answer is yes. Falling sales among its many bottlings (due to a large increase in wor

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  • Diamond Shopping in Antwerp, Belgium

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    With its trams, cobblestoned alleys, and constantly tolling church bells, it is a very charming—if rather peculiar—place, whose best known export, besides those diamonds, is frisky avant-garde fash...

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