WHERE TO SHOP IN ANTWERP
The renowned "Antwerp Six" put Antwerp on the map of international fashion and today, is a breeding ground for talent with the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Flanders Fashion Institute producing the next generation of creatives. Whether you find yourself in Antwerp during the Summer Sales, Antwerp Fashion Weekend or any other time of the year, see below for a few of my shopping recommendations:
With the Fashion Museum and fashion campus in the vicinity, the Nationalestraat hails as the most fashionable street in Antwerp. High end boutiques carrying international names and Belgian designers sit amongst trendy food bars and brasseries.
Meir 78, 2000 Antwerpen (Closed Mon-Tue)
Shop til you drop in approximately forty stores in this beautifully reconstructed Festival Hall and make sure to admire the elaborate glass dome adorned with gold leaf, the staircase, mosaics and original oak parquet floors.
Here you’ll find the major fashion chains, the Shopping Stadsfeestzaal and The Wapper; a side street that leads to Rubens’ House and a square with several pub terraces.
Jutka & Riska
Nationalestraat 87, 2000 Antwerpen
Selling both a mix of vintage clothing and its own label of clothes, jewellery and accessories, Jutka & Riska is wonderfully arranged by colour scheme. Additional stores can be found in the Netherlands.
Aalmoezenierstraat 3a, 2000 Antwerpen (Closed Sun)
If you’re after designer labels without the price tag, you’ll find them in this used clothing store that stocks Belgian designers including Ann Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela.
MOOSE in the CITY
IJerenwaag 10, 2000 Antwerpen (Closed Sun)
Almost opposite the ModeMuseum (Fashion Museum), walk up the ramp at the entrance and you’ll find something for your wardrobe or something for the home in this IKEA-esque store layout.
Rosier 41, 2000 Antwerpen (Closed Sun)
Another one for the savvy fashionistas, ROsier 41 sells seasonal and private overstocks (for men and women) from Belgian and international designers. Comb through the racks (organised by designer) diligently and you can find bargains starting from €50.
The Other Shop
Melkmarkt 31, 2000 Antwerpen
Looking for the perfect quirky gift and insulting birthday card? This is the place for you which stocks “How To” and “Why Does” books for him and her.
In’t Profijtelijk Boeksken Antwerp
Wolstraat 1, 2000 Antwerp
A cosy two-storey corner store well organised and categorised, filled with second hand novels starting from €1. Turn right as you enter the store to flick through vinyl records and rare editions.
Lange Koepoorstraat 39, 2000 Antwerpen (Closed Tue)
North of the historic city centre, this outlet store stocks both men’s and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories.