Last week I was invited by BuzziSpace and Once Source to fly to Antwerp and be a part of their 10 year anniversary party. I've been to Belgium once before, visiting Brussels and Bruges. It's a wonderful country so I was thrilled to be going back.
Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world. Although we didn't see much of a diamond presence, it certainly is a gem of a city. The streets are as charming as they get in Europe- clean and quaint. The food scene is small but on point. The city has a design sense that is certainly noticeable in their many curated shops.
I absolutely loved the city and would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Belgium. It's a quick 30 minute train ride from the Brussels airport. And the train is certainly the way to go because the train station is one of the most beautiful in the world.
One of the hardest restaurants to get into is the two Michelin star restaurant: The Jane. The food is incredible, the restaurant design is one of my all time favorites. Pro tip: if you book last minute and cannot get in, look for their upper room bookings during lunch. They are only booked two weeks in advance and do not fill as fast as the restaurant.
Antwerp has some great museums, most I didn't have time to visit. One I did make time for is the Red Star Line museum which has documented the emigration from Europe, through Antwerp, to America. My grandmother took this journey, so I especially connected to the exhibits. Even if it's not part of your family history, I'd recommend a visit. The museum is wonderfully designed!
Some of my favorite shops in Antwerp included Ganterie Boon glove shop, Rewind Design, The Recollection and St. Vincents.
Here are a few more shots I took while exploring Antwerp. Enjoy!