Now a fashion hub, Antwerp’s roots are as a seedy port city. Visit Van Wesenbekestraat to see what happens when Chinatown intersects with a gay leather neighborhood. Try on precision-tattered streetwear at Kammenstraat’s Fish and Chips. On Sundays, sift through the bric-a-brac a few blocks west at the Sint-Jansvliet flea market, a tchotchke collector’s gold mine. Finish your day with a feast at De Peerdestal, where horse-meat steaks (illegal in the U.S.) are on the menu. Or pair a can of Juliper with a greasy cone of fries and curry at Frituur No. 1 (Hoogstraat 1; no phone), arguably the tastiest frites in town.
5. Oddball Day
Published on Jan 31, 2008 as a web exclusive.