Don't pay too much, Antwerp
Not all that sparkles is diamond!
Unique Suggestions: If you want to buy diamonds, ask for a decent certificate: HRD, GIA or IGI. Dont accept in-house certificates...
Fun Alternatives: There are certain reputed diamond jewelry boutiques where you know you will only find real diamonds.
When you are one of those rare people
who brings foreign cash with you and you
want to exchange a large amount.... Go to
Basle. It is a bit out of the center. But worth
Unique Suggestions: Just compare the different
exchange bureaus near the station...
Fun Alternatives: BASLE
The Wapper is a side street of the Meir where also the Rubens house is located. Aside from the museum there are only cafes and restaurants. It is very tempting after visiting the museum or during shopping to have a coffee or lunch here but the prices here are almost 30 % higher compared to prices on the Handschoenmarkt.
Unique Suggestions: If you’ve already found a place to sit and really want to take a rest here just order something to drink and have lunch in the old part of the city…it’s much more authentic there anyway.
Fun Alternatives: It’s better to have a waffle or Belgian potato chip from a vendor or wait until you get to the end of the Meir…here are nicer and more affordable places to have lunch.
3200 Euro for a model rocket? You'd hope it was a real rocket for that price. These shops are not just in Antwerp, they're all over Belgium. Interesting to some I guess, not to me, and not at those prices. Bigs wanted a Tin Tin rocket - hahaha, no way Bigsi!
Unique Suggestions: Buy a postcard instead (but even that was 2 euro).
Fun Alternatives: Alternatively, you could buy a bottle of banana beer for "that special friend"...
horse carriage, tour tram...
Don't buy any of the follwing items at these locations:
Falconplein (rusian square) - portable phones, they're either not declared (illegal) or 'fallen of the ship', electronics...
Pelikaanstraat - gold, diamonds, it's the Family