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Best of Belgium: Three Days in Antwerp

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It's hard to narrow down the highlights of a recent trip Dwell took to Belgium—a whirlwind week covering Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels, spent meeting architects and designers, exploring neighborhoods, and scouting design shops and houses. Here are some of our favorite discoveries in Antwerp, a city that melds the medieval, Gothic, modernist, and breathtakingly contemporary with aplomb. Stay tuned for the rest of the best, including what we saw in Ghent and Brussels, posting on dwell.com later this week.

The Antwerpen-Centraal train station, designed by Louis Delacenserie, dates from 1895 and is one of the most beautiful...
Upon arrival in Antwerp, design-lovers should beeline to Kloosterstraat, a narrow street packed with antique galleries...
The shops on Kloosterstraat vary from tiny cubbyhole galleries to vast loft-like spaces like this one, an emporium...
Rewind was another favorite discovery on the street.
A great place to eat while you're in the neighborhood is Ra, a concept shop stocked with art books and clothing and...
Some street signage eye candy.
Travelers usually focus on Antwerp's centrally located Cathedral of Our Lady, but to our eye, the smaller, Gothic St....
Here's the city's 16th-century Grote Markt, or Central Square, with its grand city hall and a fountain depicting the...
Our home base was the truly lovely Hotel Julien, very conveniently located in two historic buildings near the Cathedral.
Here's a photo of the lounge overlooking the courtyard.
The hotel has many intact original architectural touches, like this ornate carved wooden staircase that leads from the...
Another highlight of the hotel is the roof deck, outfitted with canvas butterfly chairs and offering spectacular views...
One of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city right now is the Eilandje District, on the city's still-industrial...
Across the street from MAS is the Felix Warehouse, a beautiful building and 230-foot-long arcade renovated in 2006 to...
At the end of our time in Antwerp, we were whisked away by the designers Hannes van Severen and Fien Muller, a young...
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