Making the most of living on the continent, bf and I jumped on a train Saturday morning and headed to Antwerp. As soon as I arrived in Amsterdam all the women I met told me that the shopping is Amsterdam is crap (true) and that I’d be much better off going to Antwerp (interesting…). When I realised that Susie Bubble was a big fan, my curiosity became too much and I planned a trip. Quite unexpectedly, it turned out to be the ultimate shopping paradise. Everything, and I mean everything is there and right next door to each other. Yohji Yamamoto has his international flagship store there (which was THE most intimidating place I have ever been). Everything from Sonia Rykiel and A.P.C stores to All Saints and Filippa K and even New Look. Plus, there are incredible vintage, (and I mean proper vintage) stores in the antiques part of the city. Having had a bit of a shopping drought in Amsterdam, I almost fainted! The shopping mall was beautiful; a grand 19th century building covered in gold and very clean, with a beautiful champagne bar on the top floor. With the prestigious Antwerp fashion school and the fashion museum, MoMu to hand as well, it is no doubt a place definitely worth visiting if you like looking at dresses. The lack of pretension, compared to Paris or London, was a welcome breath of fresh air. Even in the trendy restaurant Chez Fred (where I saw the equivalent of Nate Archibald and his (not broke) mother doing brunch) people were friendly and chilled out, and all the time in such a pretty, old city that looks like a Stella Artois ad. So, when in Amsterdam save your pennies and when in Antwerp spend, spend, spend!
From left to right.:1. The gorgeous champagne bar in the shopping centre -Whiteley’s eat your heart out. 2. I’m wondering if all of these will be enough to get my shopping back to the hotel. 3. The beautiful Dries Van Noten store. 4. A big, impressive building with lots of flags, clearly had my mind on other things like… 5. My new dress. 5. Our hotel. 3/4.