A secluded gem? Who will tell? The neighborhood, where an abundant amount of precious stones are traded on a daily basis, is located near the central station. Here, you will be walking through the heart of the diamond trade, which has been around for roughly 500 years.
The Hoveniersstraat is a pedestrian area where you’ll bump into the people who toil behind the scenes, making sure that a lot of bling is shimmering out there in the real world, on TV and in magazines. Thanks to these folks, the eyes of your fiancée sparkle like a shining star. That’s right, just ask yourself the question if they really glint just because, you’ve popped the question!
In this part of town you’ll also find a few places that sell amazing kosher food, like Rachel’s Falafel. The diamond museum in this district is currently closed due to renovations. You can find more information at the MAS museum, where they currently have a floor dedicated to this colorless, extremely hard, highly refractive crystalline form of carbon.
This is one of the most safeguarded districts in Antwerp. Getting past security isn’t that tricky. My advice? Look like a tourist! Taking multiple awe-inspiring photographs could work in your favor. Avoiding unnecessary cavity searches seems like a plus when travelling. A wide-ranging mix of cultures will sneak by, while you’re being the best sightseer you can be. The ice unites everybody here in Antwerp and proves that we do coexist.
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Diamond delirium | Art & culture, Relaxing, Shopping | Free
Most fun from Mon – Fri 10:00 – 17:00