If you love shopping for discount offers, then Antwerp is the place to be during ‘solden’. The term ‘solden’ differs to the standard sale period in its scale. Think city-wide sale, bargains and discounts and add a pinch of frenzy. It attracts hordes of shoppers hungry for the perfect item at the best possible price. Stores too are eager to rid themselves of last season’s collection so shopping till you’re dropping is guaranteed! On the practical side, be sure to book a hotel in the city centre of Antwerp for the complete experience. Now read the following tips to bring home the best bargains!
Shop till you drop with great discount offers in Antwerp! Read the following tips to bring home the best bargains.
‘Solden’ by decree
‘Solden’ occurs during the summer and winter periods and are even obliged by Belgian law. They coincide with seasonal sales between 03/01-31/01 and 01/07-31/07 each year. What sets it apart is the outlet-esque nature where prices are simply slashed! Hence January and July are by far the best times for a bit of bargain hunting in Antwerp. An added bonus is ‘koopzondag’ where shops are open on the first Sunday of the month.
Shopping hot spots in Antwerp
Many -if not all- shops in Antwerp take part in ‘solden’, so discount offers are simply impossible to miss. De Meir is the main shopping street in Antwerp, advertising major brands as well as smaller boutiques. Being car-free, it’s accessible and friendly to both the wandering window-shopper and die-hard bargain hunter. Don’t forget to check out the Stadsfeestzaal shopping mall and Modewijk van Antwerpen shopping district too. The latter is situated on the Nationalestraat and its side streets like the Kammenstraat. In the neighbourhood you will also find the Fashion Museum, several second-hand stores and vintage boutiques.
Choice vs. lowest price; set your own strategy!
"Given the ‘solden’ frenzy in Antwerp, every fanatical shopper should have a clear strategy. The busiest peak occurs in the beginning of the ‘solden’ period, when some shoppers even go as far as to take annual leave! Not surprising however as there is a sea of choice readily available throughout Antwerp. Should your strategy involve the lowest possible price, be sure to go towards the end. Bear in mind that you may miss out on conventional sizes. On a personal note, keep your head cool in all the madness. Take your time and be sure to book a hotel in Antwerp’s city centre to rest up after a hectic day. Stay hydrated, carry a bottle of water with you and take a breather in one of the many cafes. Happy hunting! "