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Antwerp see + do
Belgium's second-largest city is a flourishing port town and one of the most textured, tourist-free destinations in Western Europe. The fiercely Flemish city (don't even think about speaking French here) boasts the world's largest diamond trade, an achingly hot fashion scene that gave birth to Dries Van Noten of Antwerp Six fame, and teems with Rubens paintings, chocolate shops, beer connoisseurs, and frite pride. Antwerp is also one of Europe's most ethnically mixed smaller cities, with large communities of Senegalese, Turks, Indians, and Moroccans, not to mention the denizens of Belgium's only Chinatown. This helps produce a counterculture that feeds the city's artists, designers, and intelligentsia, many of whom can be seen debating Antwerp's future through clouds of smoke at notorious "brown cafés."
Antwerp's Cathedral of Our Lady is one of the most impressive Gothic churches in all of the Low Countries—and it is the largest. With construction...more