The Museum Aan de Stroom is a striking, Lego brick-like building that showcases Antwerp’s maritime history.
Stylish types will love Madame Grès: Sculptural Fashion (until 10 February 2013) at fashion museum MoMu. And don’t forget to drop by their stylish ground-floor bookshop, Copyright.
Upscale Japanese-Italian restaurant Pazzo teams seamless fusion dishes like salmon and wasabi with an impressive wine list.
Chez Fred is a cosy spot with rustic-chic décor and a French-Belgian menu, set among the antique emporiums on Kloosterstraat.
Badboot is an open-air swimming pool on a old ferryboat. In December it hosts an ice rink, barbecues and curling contests.
The absorbing, antiques-focused Kloosterstraat is one of the few areas open on Sundays. In mid-December it hosts late-night shopping, with artisanal food and gifts.
Set in three 17th-century canal houses, the chic Hotel De Witte Lelie (rooms from €225) feels like a charming private home.
Room National (rooms from €95) is a sleek B&B run by fashion designers Violetta and Vera Pepa, above their flagship store.
Het Modepelais is the flagship of original Antwerp Six member Dries Van Noten. If the edgy edit of international and Belgian labels at RA (Kloosterstraat 13) is too pricey, make like the local fashion students and snap up pristine Raf Simons at second-hand temple Labels Inc (Aalmoezenierstraat 3a).
Café Hopper is an intimate, retrostyled jazz café. From December 20-22, iconic modernist building deSingel (Desguinlei 25) welcomes Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who reprises her classic 1998 dance piece Drumming.