The main shopping area in Antwerp is the Meir, a street that stretches out from the Keyserlei to the Groenplaats and is one of the most famous shopping streets in Belgium. You’ll find branches of many of the large international chains, and the Shopping Stadsfeestzaal, an exclusive shopping centre in the city’s Festival Hall.
The historic city centre has plenty of trendy shops in Lange Koepoortstraathas, and many antiques, vintage and second-hand shops can be found in Kloosterstraat. If you love shopping don’t miss the Grand Bazar Shopping Centre in Groenplaats, with 50 shops under one roof.
Antwerp’s fashion centre is located in Nationalestraat and the surrounding streets, where you will find shops of many leading designers, including Christian Wijnants, Dries van Noten, A.F. Vandevorst and Stephan Schneider.
Kammenstraat is the hip and trendy street, with plenty of posh boutiques, mostly youth brands, and many tattoo and piercing studios.
The Wilde Zee neighbourhood is formed by five lively pedestrian shopping streets, with hip clothing and shoe shops. In this neighbourhood, you will also find Belgium’s oldest shopping centre, De Nieuwe Gaanderij, a covered shopping gallery with mainly boutiques with shoes, clothing and lingerie.
Het Zuid neighbourhood is all about art and culture, with numerous art galleries, design and interior shops, and several trendy concept stores, that stock design products and unique accessories.
The Station District is home to the ‘Diamond Square Mile”, Antwerp’s diamond district, home to 1,600 diamond companies and four diamond exchanges, making it the world’s diamond capital. Here you will find plenty of diamond traders and jewellers with tempting showrooms, but always make sure to go to shops with the “Antwerp’s Most Brilliant” label, which stands for reliability and quality.