Antwerp is the diamond centre of the world with 80 per cent of the globe’s gems passing through the city. But the stones aren’t the only beautiful things.
Where I’d Have Dinner
The restaurants in and around Grote Markt excel in typical Flemish dishes such as mussels, Brussels endives, and beef stew with De Koninck beer. But for a real taste of Antwerp authenticity, a portion of French Fries at the famous Number One chip shop is the pony to bet on.
Spend The Morning
Locals have traded precious stones since the 15th century, and today 1,800 dealers line the square kilometre around the Central Station in the Diamond district. Amazingly, 80 per cent of the world’s rough diamonds, and 50 per cent of the cut diamonds, go through Antwerp.
Spend The Afternoon
With Antwerp’s Most Famous Son
Royal Museum of Fine Arts
The artist Peter Paul Rubens lived and worked in Antwerp during the early 17th century.
Many of his works (and many other masters) hang in the neoclassical Royal Museum of Fine Arts, in Leopold De Waelplaats.
How I’d Spend The Night
On An Evening Stroll
Start at Conscienceplein to check out the bars and restaurants around the Church of St. Charles Borromeo then stroll through the historic city centre in the vague direction of the De Muze pub for a spot of jazz and an ‘at Nine’ cocktail. The final destination would be Café d’Anvers, Antwerp’s dance temple.