Shopping in one of Europe’s most popular fashion hubs - July summer sales
Go bargain hunting in one of the most important fashion cities in Europe, and even anywhere in the world: Many fashion stores knock down their prices during the summer sales in Antwerp - no matter whether it’s elegant fashion houses, trendy boutiques, small independent stores or market-leading concept stores.
Why go shopping in Antwerp? As far back as the Middle Ages, Antwerp was legendary for its fashion designers and textile industry. In the 1980s, Antwerp also conquered the modern fashion world thanks to the “Antwerp Six”, in the process earning a reputation as a major fashion centre. The “Antwerp Six” were graduates from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, who set the fashion world alight when they presented their first collection on the international stage. To this day, the city is known for its creative fashion scene.
As in many other cities, a large number of beach bars have set up shop on the banks of the Schelde in Antwerp, promising laid-back summer days and evenings with a relaxed atmosphere and creative drinks. The “de Zomerbar” in Sloepenweg, near the Grote Markt, is a particularly good venue for a relaxing drink, offering hammocks, sandy beaches, easygoing drinks and views out over the water. Families will find the right mix of entertainment and relaxation here too, thanks to the children’s playground.
Belgian chocolate and other culinary delights
Belgian chocolate is highly regarded all around the world - it is known for its quality, subtlety and creativity. Anyone visiting Antwerp simply has to delve into the fine art of the chocolatier, and visit one of the many chocolate establishments. If you’re after something a little more hearty, the fresh fish and seafood with the local favourite, croquettes, or French fries might be just what you’re looking for. Flanders is also known for its local and regional range of beers - ranging from Pilsner, Kriek lambic (fermented with cherries) and Witbier (a spiced, cloudy wheat beer) through strong, light beers such as Duvel or Delirium Tremens right up to dark, aromatic high-percentage Abbey beers.
The classic sightseeing programme: various museums, exciting architecture and interesting squares
With claims to fame such as being the artistic domain of the famous Peter Paul Rubens, a hub for the fashion and jewellery industries, and as one of the largest cities during the Middle Ages, Antwerp offers numerous possibilities for every taste and interest - from absorbing museums or beautiful attractions to surprising squares and architectural masterpieces. Not to be missed are the famous Grote Markt featuring the tower of the Liebfrauenkathedrale (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the house of Peter Paul Rubens (built in 1610) as well as the former living quarters and workshop of the famous Baroque painter, and finally the Diamond Quarter.
The perfect base for your foray into the charming harbour city is the 3-star hotel TRYP by Wyndham Antwerp. Situated in the youthful and trendy district of Zurenborg, you can dive straight into your city adventure.
The design hotel combines contemporary interior design with the historical visual arts and provides its guests with the nourishment they require thanks to its breakfast buffet and bar and lounge area.