Toys 4 Boys

100% love it
Leather and rubber to suffer gladly for
Antwerp's premier sex shop was started in 2001 by fashion designer and tailor Marcel van der Voort, who'd previously created for RoB and whose attention to detail and quality is unrivalled in Antwerp. Located ever so centrally on a quiet street at the edge of the Historisch Centrum, near Het Eilandje, Toys 4 Boys sells the full whack of high-quality sex toys and accessories, but it's the reassuringly sturdy and well-made leather and rubber gear – including made-to-measure – that sets it apart from others. The warmly lit, brick-walled and beam-ceilinged ground floor space is dense with consumer sex durables, while more gear hangs in the atmospheric brick-vaulted basement, where van der Voort's married partner Cor van Dalen also operates a piercing business at the weekend. They both live upstairs, so there's a genuine feeling of connection here –not at all corporate-feeling. House slogan is "Recreating Is Our Destination".