since owners tim van geloven and ilse cornelissens opened graanmarkt 13 in downtown antwerp, the concept store has become a must-see address for discerning shoppers from home and abroad. in collab with art director bob verhelst, the duo selects a fine range of men's and women's apparel, shoes, accessories, homeware, cosmetics and art objects. adding up to this exquisite retail adventure is a restaurant, a gallery space with rotating exhibitions and other events, and as of late, a luxurious pad where to spend the night. aptly called the apartment and situated on the two top floors, van geloven and cornelissens initially intended to set up a bed & breakfast here, then considered to live here, but as the project gradually took shape they decided to relocate with their kids to a family home elsewhere.
the apartment can accommodate up to six people in a sophisticated yet homey setting designed by leading belgian architect vincent van duysen. it features his signature brutalist style, softened by the use of plenty of natural materials and furnishings. a sunny outdoor terrace, a true oasis with ample seating and lush potted plants as a visual bonus, provides sweeping views of the city. the apartment comes with hotel service, meaning guests can indulge in a delivery breakfast prepared with local products, and every that the space boasts full-fledged kitchen and a full fridge, allowing you to cook your own meals if you don't feel like joining the crowd in the restaurant below. location: graanmarkt 13 [antwerpen centrum].