DSC_0052Capital of the Dutch speaking Flanders province, Antwerp is home to some of the greatest Flemish painters and some of the rising fashion stars of today.DSC_0171Antwerp’s central station sets the tone for a fairly luxurious city with a wide range of fashion outlets and museums.DSC_1049

DSC_0041inside Art Nouveau buildings are rows upon rows of nearly every fashion brand name.DSC_1054Fanciest Urban Outfitters I’ve ever seen.DSC_1053The importance of fashion in Antwerp is due to the large fashion student population and prestigious design collegesDSC_0025There are tons of shopping stores, one of which even had a live band. DSC_0006Antwerp is the type of city to have a store on lomography next door to a pop up restaurant.DSC_1066The downtown retains much of its original Flemish styleDSC_1084Grote Markt, the well preserved city center hosts a beautiful cathedral.DSC_1078DSC_1081DSC_1083DSC_0010DSC_0009

DSC_0013Antwerp is located on the eastern bank of the river ScheldtDSC_1088Antwerp has numerous amounts of comfy eateries with chalkboard menus and local Belgian cuisine made with fresh local ingredients.DSC_0037

DSC_0048DSC_0036The influence of the Royal Art Academy is seen on every street corner.DSC_0038Also was able to try out an official Belgian waffle, which was ncredibly sugary and delicious.DSC_0047Antwerp is a city that successfully harmonizes its classical facade with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.DSC_0167The vibe of Antwerp is one of well dressed young hipsters alongside sports cars and hip cafes. Antwerp is definitely one of the trendiest and most livable spots in EuropeDSC_0169