Chef Raoul Wuytack has received acclaim for his culinary work at the very well known Gulden Greffoen. The stonewalls and wooden furniture create a cozy atmosphere. When the weather permits, meals can be enjoyed on the terrace. The menu changes weekly, so dinner is always a pleasant, delicious surprise. Recommended dishes include the Baked Goose-liver with pear and port sauce, or the Paling in't Groen (eel in parsley sauce). You can even specially order your favorites 24 hours in advance!
On the Leopold De Wael square near the Royal Museum for Fine Arts sits a bar or restaurant at every corner, but this pita-bar run by Israelis is really worth mentioning. The whole concept is very professional and you'll definitely want to come back for more once you've tried one of their pita-shwarmas with chicken, lamb or turkey. They also have vegetarian pitas and full dishes. Don't forget to try their Nana (tea with fresh mint).
One of the oldest tapas bars in town, Tapabar is also known to be a good restaurant with a complete menu. The Moorish mosaic tiles and Spanish wooden bar tables and chairs, lend it an atmosphere both elegant and comfortable. The place features a small stage where flamenco dancers amaze you with their moves. The joint serves excellent, authentic Spanish dishes made with the freshest ingredients like smoked ham, calamari, rabbit, and refreshing salads. However, if you want their famous Paella, you must order in advance.
Located on a side street off the Britselei, this rare gem is a favorite of vegetarians, offering several quiche and fish dishes. Julienne's stew with pasta is just one of the specialties. There are daily specials as well as a menu for the kids. The decor is pleasant with its high wooden cabinets. You can also enjoy dining alfresco, weather permitting.
This café dates back to the mid 19th century when it was visited by the famous Flemish writer Henrik Conscience. Nowadays, it's an ideal spot for a cozy chat or quiet escape. The cane chairs and tropical plants create a warm atmosphere. The Grote Pieter Potstraat is a pedestrian precinct and, weather permitting, you can enjoy your drink on the pleasant terrace while watching the foot traffic. They have a wide selection of beers and gins, but if you prefer alcohol-free, indulge in a cup of fresh espresso.
This cultural center offers many different spaces for all kinds of events, including theater programs, meetings, and music shows. The website has a complete schedule, as well as information on how to rent the various venues.
Offering a wide range of fresh squeeze juices, Zest Fresh Juice Bar is housed within Grand Bazar Shopping Center, on Beddenstraat. The prolific menu here includes more than 45 kinds of fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. Zest is also quite famous for its hearty selection of breakfast smoothies; apart from which they also have muesli and fruit-based breakfast combos that will give you just the right start of day. For a small price, Zest Fresh Juice Bar offers a healthy alternate to high-on-carbs fast foods.
In a neighborhood full of restaurants, pick this one if you want the best value for the price you pay. The food here consists of homemade French dishes which are made from fresh products from the farmer's markets while the beer selection is quite eclectic. You can also sip on the house wine if you don't feel like having beer. On a sunny day, you can sit out on the patio and soak up some sunlight and delicious gourmet quality French cooking.
De Kleine Post, in the heart of Antwerp is a charming brasserie that wears its local colors proud. Offering a range of Belgian delicacies, with a nod towards fish and seafood preparations, this eatery also serves an impressive selection of local brews and wines that will only add to your Belgian experience. The mussels are somewhat of a house specialty, not to be missed, apart from that, there are a range of pastas, steaks, sandwiches and such on offer. They also have some seasonal or daily specials that makes use of what's best in the market. Although prices may seem a little on the higher side, the overall experience, the stellar food and service makes up for the difference.
Opened in 1991, T Klokske overlooks the Groenplaats and Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of Our Lady). It has been a local haunt for many years for its friendly vibe, good drinks and food. It has a cozy and old worldly look to it and it is never empty. It is a nice spot to take a sip of beer and hangout with friends and make new ones.
You cannot rave about Belgium waffles until you have tried some from Desire De Lille. The owners gained a reputation while operating on the fairgrounds, but now you can enjoy their specialties all year round at this restaurant. Besides waffles, this establishment also serves pancakes, apple-beignets, ice cream and other sweet and savory snacks. This is an ideal place to head to, if you want to taste some typical Belgian snacks. It has a large garden terrace where you can enjoy your snack among the roses.
This cozy corner of a sushi bars is tucked away on Groenplaats in Centrak Antwerp. Located just a few steps away from Grand Bazaar, Umi Sushi & Asian Cuisine features comfortable interiors, with a dominating open kitchen that adds a little drama to the whole set up. There's also a nice patio arrangement for balmy afternoons and evenings. The menu is an eclectic affair with over 30 types of sushi preparations, even veggie options available. Apart from that there are some other dishes from Japanese style of cooking, including teppanyaki, sashimi and lots more. The offerings are authentic and delicious, and quite comparably priced. The service is nice and quick, if you're hankering for some sushi, this is a good place to be!