As the fashion city of Belgium, Antwerp is the place to be for all the shopaholics among us. From famous designer stores like Dries Van Noten to the retail chains like ZARA and H&M and also amazing local stores. Everyone can shop to their heart’s content.

Antwerp shopping area

The heart of the fashion district

This district is the reason why Antwerp is called the fashion city of Belgium. Here you can find the Flanders Fashion Institute, the Fashion Academy and the Fashion Museum. This district is located in the Nationalestraat and the surrounding streets such as Lombardenvest and Steenhouwersvest. Perfect to discover the designer stores.

Meir & Historic City Centre

If you’re not really into designer stores and just want to visit the retail chains like Massimo Dutti, H&M and ZARA you can visit the Meir. This is the most famous and busiest shopping area of Antwerp. It is very nice to do some shopping in the Historic City Centre because you can do some shopping and have a drink or bites on the Groenplaats.

Diamond District

A blonde girl once said diamonds are a girl’s best friend but believe me, the diamonds in Antwerp are everyone’s best friend. Antwerp is known for its Diamond district full of jewelry stores. Perfect for taking shopping to the next level or your marital status. 😉


Antiques Market

Antwerp is the place to be for antiques markets, especially on the weekends. On Friday you can go ‘antiques shopping’ on the Vrijdagmarkt from 9am to 1pm. On Saturday you can visit the Lijnwaadmarkt from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday there will be an antiques market in Sint-Jansvliet from 9am to 5pm.

Exotic Food Market

Looking for some food? The Exotic Food Market is the place to find Turkish, Moroccan and southern specialties. You can visit the Exotic Food Market every Saturday from 8am to 4pm on the Theaterplein.

Rubens Market

When planning a trip to Antwerp during summer, make sure that you visit the city on the 15th of August and visit this beautiful market. Not only the paintings are truly works of art but also the whole setting with the stallholders who are dressed in clothes of the 17th century. This market takes place on the Grote Markt and surroundings.


Like the name says, it almost feels like walking in Paris in the Montmartre district. This art market takes place every Sunday from May to September in the Labermontplaats. It is very nice to discover, they even play live acoustic music.