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Ernst- Martin


Bars


De Duifkens
5 Graanmarkt
Antwerp 2000

This is a typical old style café, mostly visited by locals and by theatre people as the theatre is nearby and all actors do know this De Duifkens in which walls are covered by portraits of the most famous actors from Flanders.
Language in here is the Antwerp dialect.
Friendly atmosphere. Very cosy when it is cold outside. When the weather allows it, there is a small but comfy and nice terrace outside. Nice place for a coffee while reading the newspaper too. Do not interfere in political discussions at the counter.
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Cafe Kulminator
32 Vleminckveld
Antwerp 2000

If you are a beer lover (that means if you like to taste different beers, if you are interested in the diversity and beauty of the product) you can not leave Antwerp without having visited this Café from Dirk en Leentje, the two retired owners who continue to serve beers in this small and old style beercafe that was voted several times the best beer café in the world. It is more a living room than a café. People sit on eachother table. Beerlist is so long you can read all evening. Ask advise from Leen or Dirk. Read the suggestions that change weekly. Ask questions, the owners know everything. Dry sausage and cheese is the only food served. We love this place and the owners. Closes at midnight.
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Het Oud Arsenaal

4 Maria Pijpelincxstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

Nice old style Belgian pub
This is where de Vogeltjesmarkt is, the biggest market in Antwerp, on sunday. On saturdays you will find a big foodmarket in these streets.Worh a visit, even if you do not buy anything, there are many foodtrucks, oysters, garnaalkroketten (shrimp croquets, belgian speciality) …het Oud Arsenaal closes early in the evening, you can’t stay the night over there. Bar tender rings the bell and sings when he is planning to close and when you are asked to order your last drinks.
Beautiful ritual.
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Tante Lies

2 Kipdorpbrug
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

We love the old style cafés, and this is one. Closeby. Not our favorite, but still a nice place worth a visit if you like to drink a beer or a coffee. It’s next to Tasty Thai.
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Cafe Koln

4 Stadswaag
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

No tourists here.
Beautiful hidden square with trees that are very beautiful in spring (fluo green) and fall (yellow). Koln is a nice old café where only locals come. Some of these locals get too drunk, but they behave fine =-)
beautiful terrace, no crowds pass, but enough people to spy on when you drink your Westmalle Triple or your duvel. They sell Maatjes (haring speciality of Holland) in the season (june and july). Can’t get them better.
Lovely place when the weather is nice and you can sit outside.
Friendly people too.
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Sips Cocktailbar

2-8 Gillisplaats
Antwerpen,
Flanders
2000

Nice and cosy/small cocktailbar in the south of town, next to the Waterpoort.
Mixology at its best.
One of the staff members started his own cocktailbar after working years in Sips. That is BIJOU, situated nearby, check opening hours from Bijou, not open every day, if closed, go to Sips.
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Cafe De Kat

22 Wolstraat
Antwerpen2000

This s one of the typical old bars in Antwerp.
Good music. Good people. Good beer. Good newspapers.Also nice place for a coffee.
Local Antwerpiens come here.
Some of them drink too much 🙂
In this street you should visit the bookstores. They are in the beginning of the street, direction Melkmarkt en Lange Koepoortstraat.
De groene Waterman, het profijtelijk boekske and opposite de Groene Waterman you have a bookstore that is only open when the owners feels like it, and when he is not in Bar De Kat. But his shop is the best, nicest and most sympathetic bookstore of town. The shop has no name. But is situated at the same side of the street as De Kat, opposite Groene waterman, just behind the town bicycles standard.
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Coffee

Coffeelabs

19 Lange Klarenstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

for coffee, brakfast and lunch, just arount the corner of A 64 en Eikenstraat 2. Dynamic shared workoffice space, several floors, nice atmosphere if you want to work and feel the vibes of the city, many people with laptops, etc, only open during daytime!
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TARTINE

60 Minderbroedersrui
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Only open during the day.
Always busy (locals and people who work in the city) so get a table when you can.
Tartine means boterham and boterham means sandwich. this is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch, very nearby, in summer a terrace on the pavement, sunnyside up in this place. Open on sunday, so ideal place for a sunday brunch.
lovely place, good food. Strangly enough – and explaining enough – the two lunch bars next to Tartine are always empty.
Conscienceplein (Hendrik Conscience was a famous Belgian writer) is around the corner. Never leave Antwerp without admiring this beautiful square with only one tree and one church and one statue and one library but all sooo beautiful and romantic too. On Conscienceplein you’ll find Chez Claude,for sugar and champain (a bit posh, but nice) Next to Claude you’ll find Het Brantijzer, do not go into this unfriendly tourist trap)
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Salon Du thé Claude

5 Hendrik Conscienceplein
Antwerpen2000

Claude was a tv-actor before he started a B & B and then his Salon du Thé. He’s till famous for the older generatien (40 + we mean, so older generations can be young, there is no paradox in here 🙂
This is a perfect place for a breakfast, a high tea lunch, glass of champagne or coffee in style. Customers are mostly coming from the richer class :-), Claude attracts them.
Very friendly atmosphere. Attentive service. Pies, quiches and cakes are made in the house, by a woman who has an amazing talent for these preparations.
This salon is in the middle of the most beautiful and relaxed square of Antwerp. One three, One church, one Claude, one Library, One Statue. All amazing. Do not go into Het Brantyzer, next door, food nor staff are worth it. Unfriendly to rude service, restaurant that does not understands the basics of hospitality. Only open during daytime.
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Hessenhuis café

59 Falconrui
Antwerpen,
Flanders
2000

Popular fun-minded café-bar in a former warehouse
gay friendly
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Restaurants

Bourla

18 Komedieplaats
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

This is the perfect restaurant/café/coffeebar for everyday, every day in style. Beautiful and unique terrace. Inside the front and the back have a different style, in the back it’s more formal – linen table clothes f ex – but still very relaxed.
Food for everyone. Snacks, appetizers, pasta’s, fine dishes, meat, fish, veggie. Consequent mix. So not the kind of restaurant that offers everything without having a clue of what they are doing. Bourla knows very well what they are doing and they do it very well.
grandeur in a relaxed way.
belgian kitchen, and besides that: mediterranean.
Artists, fashionistas, businesspeople, … all kind come here.
Good address all day and evening long.
Love it.
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Tasty Thai Express

2 Kipdorpbrug
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

Take away very close to Eikenstraat and A 64. Good thai dishes, nice red curries for example. You can also eat in the restaurant, but that is a very basic place without any attention to interior and people who get their take away orders do come in and out all the time. But still: even inside the food tastes nice! No alcohol in the restaruant, but the owners allow you to get your alcohol drinks in the café next door 🙂 (the café is called tante Lies, aunt Lies, it’s also a typical Antwerp café) For quick and healthy food this Tasty Thai is a great address 200 m from the appt.
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Izumi

44 Beeldhouwersstraat
Antwerp2000

Ed Balke, a dutchman who loves Belgium and Japan and who knows both countries intensely well, rules this restaurant already sinde the 7O’s!! Balke stayed in Japan for a long time. After this search for his soul he needed the Japanese kitchen nearby. He rules the restaurant. Japanese chefs do work there. His sushichef is a real one, not a copy cat trained in a few weeks. His sushi chefs is still training, after 30 years and more, like it should be.
Cosy place. Interior is charming, intimite but maybe a bit too old/used, everything could use new painting and so on, but it’s not so improtant when the food is delicious, the atmosphere friendly, the service personal. Ask for Ed. He likes it when you say hello and he will recommend you what to chose from the menu.
The degustation menu is really nice, but of course the single dishes as well. Very nice sashimi too. Ask for advice if you do not know what to chose.
The restaurant is next to the Museum of Schone Kunsten (south) and close to the most beautiful synagogue of Antwerp. After dinner have a drink in bar Hopper, 100 meters further.
We are thankfull Izumi, named after a city near Osaka, exits, and Ed too.
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Restaurant Roji

26 Oude Koornmarkt
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

Hidden culinary temple with cosmopolitan touch, Asia nor the Mediterranean are far away. Asian ànd French inspired menu (a bit in the style of Nobu), very creative and refined, very interesting for those who are curious to discover the richness of their tasting pallet.
Roji is hidden in a basement dating from the Middle Ages. In winter a great fire place makes the place even warmer and more charming. Roji is located in a touristy street (Oude Koornmarkt) polluted by restaurants more famous for their commercial instinct than for their kitchen quality. (only de Rooden hoed, opposite Roji is fine in this street, and Xaverius, next to cathedral is also a good house you can trust).
Roji offers à la carte and menu forms. Not cheap. But unforgettable, every time.
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The Jane

Paradeplein
Antwerp,
Flanders
2018

If you did not book three months in advance, it will be difficult to get in, but please try to get a late minute seat in the upper bar room, or try to have lunch instead of dinner, you might be lucky. The Jane is the two star restaurant, the Upper Bar room is in the same former chapel and offers smaller dishes, very nice though and same spirit and same quality level!
Nick Bril is the chef of The Jane, this impressive restaurant from Sergio Herman (thee stars, Old Sluis, Holland, closed it three years ago). Nick used to be Sergio’s sous-chef.
Interior, service, cuisine: all excellent.
Take a cab. if you park in the unit where the Jane is located, pay attention to the parking rules, as fines are easily given.
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Fiskebar

12 Marnixplaats
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

This was among the first scandinavian restaruants in antwerp. Nice no nonsens y fish restaurant, not refined but good. Around this square you find several bars and restaurants, if you walk direction Volksstraat, Volksstraat itself has also a few interesting places (like fish & eat from the Mo-brothers who also have Meat & eat in de Vrijheidsstraat, even closer to Fiskebar, Meat & Eat is thé meatrestaurant in town, the Mo’s also heve Mo’s bistrot in Kasteelpleinstraat, they understand what a bistrot is. But this feed is about Fiskebar: try it, it’s good.
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Arte bvba

24 Suikerrui
Antwerp2000

probably the best Italian in Antwerp, definitely the best in the historical center of the town. Arte is next to the Town Hall. They serve pizza too, but you do not go here to eat pizza. Listen to the advice of the waiters. This family also owns Ferrier 30 in Leopold Dewaelstraat, Antwerp South. Ferrier is more trendy, more ‘did you see me I was at Ferriers’. Prices are so too.
Minimalistic interior, good taste.
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Het Pomphuis

Siberiastraat z/n
Antwerpen2030

good and trendy, stylish bar, lounge, restaurant in an impressive building and with terrace near the water so one can enjoy the harbor feeling! A bit touristy sometimes, and pay attention to the evt. presence of groups, .
refined cuisine, starters around 20 euro, main around 30 euro, three courses menu 49 euro. Special place. Worth a visit. Grandeur in an industrial building near the old harbor, antwerp. (parking place available)
www.hetpomphuis.be/
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Pelgrom

15 Pelgrimsstraat
Antwerp,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

restaurant but also café, the place is in the basement, it is a touristy spot, but very belgian and very unique place, really necessary to experience, best for a drink (or more) instead of diner, everything happens in the old cellars of a monastery, pelgroms are the ones who march to Compostela. Story goes that, the owner owned this tiny bar and wanted some more space to stock his beer.. when he tried to dig a space for a cellar he stumbled on to the remains of an old celaar complex of this forgotten monastery. he cleaned the all out but then the neighbours found out and wanted a piece of the part that ran under their buildings. The owner struck a deal and this large cellars now belong to the Pelgrom.extra: In this street, at the corner, is a Jenever café and a jenevershop, very belgian too . Jenever is Dutch/Belgian gin, you have old and young jenever, and all kind of flavors, …

extra 2: The Tapabar is this street is a good address for simple tapafood, not very elaborated or special, but fine for pollo con ajo, jamon, calamares, etc. Cava is way too expensive, same for some wines, pay attention to these as the bill can raise, food prices are fine! Tapasbar exists for more then 30 years already, clientele is local and touristy, good mix of families and couples

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Felix Pakhuis

30 Godefriduskaai
Antwerpen2000

Very special and dynamic concept in a beautiful old warehouse where now the city archives are held, in the neighbourhood of MAS, museum aan de Stroom, de neighbourhood is called ‘eilandje’, little island, it’s near the city docks.
Pakhuis includes different restaurants/foodshops, all owned by the same two persons. You should have a look at their website to have a clear idea about this building/place. Attention: the website is not pakhuis.be, which is a brewery in antwerp South. Website is www.felixpakhuis.nu
Many familiebrunches on sunday. Book in advance on sundays and busy museumdays. Ideal for breakfast too. You can climb to the top of the museum first and then have a chocolate cake in Felixpakhuis.
Nice and huge terrace in the summer.
Since the Red Star Line Museum and MAS and some art galleries are close, you will find many visitors of the musea Felix Pakhuis too.
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Gustav

2 Van Ertbornstraat
Antwerpen2018

Gustav is the bar – restaurant that belongs to the Opera. The place has everything to be unique. Unfortunately the food is average and the service below average. Still: the place is beautiful and it is an interesting meeting point, as it is close to central station and many people just meet here. it’s a place where writers meet their editors (who come by train from Amsterdam). And a place where journalists interview people. That presence gives the place an extra. And the interior as well. Benches in the back of the café-restaurant with nice overview of the whole place.
Don’t spend too much money here. Go for a drink or a bite, and enjoy the surrounding. have a look at the Opera next door.
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Bourla Schouwburg

19 Komedieplaats
Antwerpen2000

The Bourla Schouwburg is the main theater in Antwerp. Bruno Bourla was the architect of this neoclassical landmark that was almost demolished by politicians who preferred modern buildings and wanted to destroy this beauty.(same goes for Central Station, 50 years ago is was almost demolished by a liberal politician of transport who luckely did not have enough votes to persist his crazy ideas of urban modernization)

If your go to this “schouwburg”, try to see the theaterbar- the foyer – on the first floor, it is very beautiful. This foyer is open for brunch on sunday and bank holiday, other days it is closed (but even then, try to ask someone if you can just have a quick look). Brunching here is like in the Café Impérial, surrounded by grandeur and history. The Bourla Schouwburg was built around 1830, the year of Belgiums independence from Holland/low Countries.

Groundfloor of the Bourla Schouwburg is a bar-restaurant during the day. It is called PIERRE, like the owner. Nice and cosy. And with a fantastic terrace in the summer. Ideal for coffee, glass of wine, lunch. Only open from 12 till 18 o clock.

http://bourlaschouwburg.nu/foyer/
Or Pierre on the ground floor
http://bourlaschouwburg.nu/pierre/

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Café Impérial

50 Meir
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

Café Impérial – Paleis op de Meir, Palace on de Meir
De Meir is the biggest shopping street from Antwerp. One small advice: do not only look at the shopwindows but aim higher: several buildings on the Meir are architectural jewels, dating from times where this street was where the richest and most powerful lived or had their palace built. Like Napoleon, who lived in Paleis op de Meir, where Café Imperial, the emperors café, is situated.
Have a look at the restored salons.
Walk into the patio.
Look at the ceilings from the restaurant: almost as beautiful as the ceiling from A 64, for those who stay in appartement 64 🙂 Nice and historical place for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Also good spot for coffee and nice desserts.
The chef from Het Gebaar ( Michelin Star restaurant in de Herb Garden, de Kruidentuin, Antwerp center) is responsible for the desserts. And chocolate is coming from Dominique Persoone, who has it’s chocolate factory in this palace, you can see him and his chocolatiers making the ‘pralines’.grandeur around the corner
http://www.cafe-imperial.be/fotos/fotos/
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Dôme sur Mer

1 Arendstraat
Antwerpen,
Amberes
2018

Very nice modern restaurant , bookings required but not necessarily too long in advance, and during weekdays there’s a good chance to get a table.
If you go to Dome or Dome sur Mer on friday or saturday, try to do a short walk in the jewish neighbourhood, as it is sabbat, all the Chassidim are in the streets, in their traditional clothes. Dome is top. Dome sur mer is the cheaper more bistrot version.
Dome sur Mer is a stylish, very nice restaurant, not only fish is served, also very nice meat .Everything is made à la plancha while you enjoy your drink. high quality ingredients, as they are the same ingredients as used in Dome. Light cuisine. Nice wines. Interesting combinations.
You will have to take the tram or the taxi to go there. not far but too far to walk.
http://www.domeweb.be/site/index.php
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Dôme

2 Grotehondstraat
Antwerpen2018

It will be hard to get a table when not booked early in advance, but you never know, sometimes people have to cancel last minute… Dome is a typical French restarurant (the chef is French) situated in an hisorical building dominated by a beautiful Dome. If you go to Dome on friday or saturday, try to do a short walk in the jewish neighbourhood, as it is sabbat, all the Chassidim are in the streets, in their traditional clothes. Dome is top. Other comments are not necessary. And luckely, next to Dome, you have the sister restaurant, Dome sur Mer. Most of the time you will find a seat here, at the counter or on the tables. Dome sur Mer is a stylisch, very nice restaruants, not only fish is served, also very nice meat .Everything is made à la plancha while you enjoy your drink. high quality ingredients, as they are the same ingredients as used in Dome. you will have to take the tram or the taxi to go there. not far but too far to walk. (see dome sur mer) http://www.domeweb.be/site/index.php
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Yamayu Santatsu

19 Ossenmarkt
Antwerpen,
Amberes
2000

japanese restaurant in the student area but no students come here because it will be too expensive for their budget, probably. Yamahu already exists more than 30 years. Like most Japanese restaurants the interior has not been developed with any talent or good taste. The opposite goes for the food. Never come in too late (best is between 7 and 8:30) as the chef likes to clean his kitchen early, and that can be a pity and give you a non welcoming feeling. you can eat at the counter unless you chose to eat a dinner menu; these are only served at tables.
Yamayu Santatsu is a good japanese restaurant, with many Japanese clients. The general atmosphere in this place is very cosmopolitan. You will see wellknown artists here who search for discretion. It is a bit a secret address, as the other good Japanese in town, Izumi (next to the Museum of Schone Kunsten, Bouwmeesterstraat), attracts trendy people and is a place where some people go to ‘because they want to be seen’. Besides that, Izumi is a very nice place too!
Yamayu Santatsu: chef and waiter (always the same two men) are not friendly but not really unfriendly neither. Unless you are Japanese, then you will have the privilege of a conversation.
Strange, because the restaurant claims that it does not only serve excellent meals (which it does!) but also makes the constant effort to welcome and please guests by paying attention to every single detail. The detail is, as far as i am concerned, especially in the food. And I go here at least three times a month 🙂
This is also a great place for a lunch.
Try the grilled mackerel.
The sushi are excellent. So is the main dish sukiyaki, a Japanese dish in the nabemono (one-pot-dish) style – thinly sliced beef, tofu, vegetables and starch noodles stewed in sweetened soy and eaten with a raw egg dip!
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Noorderterras

27 Jordaenskaai
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

Plateau Royal Noorderterras
next to de Schelde this fish restaurant is recentely new (2014?), but the owners have enough experience, they have a fish stand on the Saturday market where they also have an oysterbar where you can, in the midst of buying your vegetables, drink a glass of cava and eat the freshest oysters you want. They also have another fish restaurant, Vrijdag Visdag, in Antwerp South, far away from crowd, tourists, even far away from other restaurants.
Plateau Royal Noorderterras is fish in the the old fashioned way, no nonsens, good and very fresh, big portions, plateaus de fruits de mer, etc.
Next to de Schelde.
In a no nonsense sailing inspired interior and with an efficient and no nonsens service. Waiters are dressed in sailor uniforms. Some look good, some funny in this disguise 🙂
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Restaurant Lux

20-22 Sint-Aldegondiskaai
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Restaurant Lux and Bar Festiv (from morning till night, closes with dj) are in fact one. Both situated near het MAS, the Museum aan de Stroom (museum at the stream) in an historcial building that has been completely renovated and restyled. When sunny, nice restaurant near the water.
This is a modern and chic place with a gastronomical cuisine that seduces all senses. Great place for great lunch. Same for dinner, of course for diner you spend more, but it is a good address for both, and also for the bar (offers food too all day long). Diner menu, 6 courses, 75 euro, to give you an idea. The quarter of the Museum has several restaurants and bars. This is a high end. Only ’t Zilte, on the xth floor of the museum itself, is, in this neighbourhood, extra high end, ’t Zilte is a Michelin star rated restaurant.
ground floor of the museum also has a restaruant/bar. It’is a nice place for a glass of wine and a tapa, but do not expect more than a regular museum bar.
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Benni Falafel

188 Lange Leemstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2018

Benni is the falafelking of the city.
fastfoodrestaurant in the jewish quarter. Full of locals. Great falalfel, tchatchuka, latkes, … All very fresh. Bread from Kleinblatt, the best jewish bakery in town, in Europe!
Do not expect space for romance.
Service is efficient and you order at the counter.
Ladies from Eastern Europe run the place. And they do it their adorbale no nonsense way 🙂
You can order half a falafel, and that’s what many kids do after school.
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Falafeltof

32 Hoogstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

This is the nicest and most sympathetic falafelbar in the old town and if Benny Falafel did not exist (Benny falalel is in the jewish quarter, Lange Leemstraat), this would be the best falafelbar in the whole town!
Falafeltof is situated in the same straat as Friture Number 1. All shops in this streets are open on sunday. At the end of the street is de Voetgangerstunnel, on sunday you will find a brocante market here.
Try the french fries from Falafeltof. And eat the humus.
Very busy place. Nice terrace. Owner works fast, efficient and with the right sense of humor. open till midnight in weekend.
this is a fastfood restaurant, also take away, but all food is very fresh
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Amadeus

20 Sint-Paulusplaats
Antwerpen2000

The best place for ribs in an original setting, see the other Amadeus
see above, the Amadeus
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Amadeus

7-9 Suikerrui
Antwerpen2000

Amadeus is a small restaurant chain from two brothers who also run Amadeus in Gent and in Brussels. Antwerp has two Amadeus. One nearby de Schelde and the red light district, in Sint-Paulusplaats (de Sint Pauluschurch is worth a visit too) And one in the center of the old town, behind the town hall.
The formula is the same in all restaurants, the no-nonsense atmosphere as well. “All youcan eat ribs” are the most wanted dish. The ribs are served with oven bakes patatoes and butter. You’ll find a huge bottle of wine on the table. When you leave, waiters mesure how much you did drink from the bottle. Besides ribs the gamba’s are popular, as well as the mixed grill. Vegetarians are not forgotten, there is also one veggie dish. This is not a refined kitchen. It’s good mass production food served in a nice and antic-inspired interior that ‘imitates’ a certain authenticity. red and white jacquared plalstic table clothes included. These restaruants are loved by groups, but usually this does not disturb the more romantic diners, as the restaurants have separate rooms/spaces.
The best place for ribs in an original setting
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Via Via reiscafé

43 Wolstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Travel cafe and restaurant…so so for food, but nice atmosphere in a nice street, full of galeries and bookshops and cafés, de Wolstraat still belongs to Antwerp citizens, not to huge capital/multinationals/real estate developers, have a look at Conscienceplein while you are here!
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De Godevaart

23 Sint-Katelijnevest
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

Dave, the chef of the Godevaart, was strongly influenced by the molecular cuisine from Ferran Adria. He did find his own way in this new philosophy about food, techniques and combinations/pairing, and what he’s doing in de Godevaart (center of the town, just between the historical center and the commercial street De Meir) is very interesting/ He offers an exclusive haute cuisine you will not find elsewhere. Small choice in dishes, otherwise it is impossible to run a restaurant like this. Beautiful stylish interior and service. Higher scale. Dinner will be around 100 euro pp. Does deserve a Michelinstar, and will hopefully get one soon
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Le zoute zoen

23 Zirkstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

This is a well appreciated and well known bistro with a little bit a posh decor that reminds you – thx to the chandeleers -of a castle, but no red lights in this place that is situated in the middel of the former red light district. Never disappointing for those you love classic dishes with a light mediterranean touch. Dave is the chef. He prefers to work – like all good chefs do – with local products. Impressive winelist. Very good service. Located a few streets behind the town hall.
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Marche Couverts

11 Lange Koepoortstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

http://marchecouverts.beNice small french eatery

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Restaurant Marcel

13 Van Schoonbekeplein
Antwerpen2000

this is a nice, contemporary restaurant run by a couple that was brought up in the restaurantbusiness. The chef has been influence by Sergio Herman, the three star chef who also has a two star restaurant in Antwerp, the Jane. Restaurant Marcel offers a light and refined cuisine, always following the season and using local products when possible, so in spring this is a place for perfect white asparagus (belgian speciality) and in winter for Belgian endives. Nice terrace in summer! Beautiful interior, linen table clothes and napkins, great service, preference for bio-wines, etc impossible to be disappointed, 4 courses menu around 50 euro, à la carte also very interesting, http://www.restaurantmarcel.be
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El Sabor Andino

54 Ankerrui
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

This Peruvian restaurant is really worth a visit, and not only because of the big selection of pisco. This restaurant was not born in the Peruvian cuisine hype. It already exists many years. The street is ugly. The interior of the restaurant is fine, but not contemporary, it is more etnic. But the kitchen is very nice and the atmosphere is kind and personal.Chef Bart (belgian, married to a Peruvian) explains everything himself when he somes at you table. He will also try to convince you to eat the dish with beef hart. If you book here, we would advise you to take the degustation menu; as that is far the most interesting choice here. You receive several small dishes instead of one dish that can be too much of the same. Traditional peruvian kitchen is served in El sabor andino, we love the food, but as mentioned, the degustation menu (around 50 euro) is the best and the most suprising. You won’t find tourists here, in this neighourhood where the sailers used to come when the port was more in the center of Antwerp. In the same street you will find Las Manas, a well known Spanish restaurant, where truckers and sailers still use to come. Although Las Manas has become too trendy (see Las manas) http://www.elsaborandino.be/menukaart.html
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Restaurant B23

23 Brouwersvliet
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

This restaurant was great, but since the two businesspartners split up. it has changed. So we are carefull to advise, and will give the place that we used to love, another try soon.
Please check yourself as we might be wrong..; http://www.brouwersvliet23.be
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Het Nieuwe Palinghuis (Rest.)

14 Sint-Jansvliet
Antwerpen2000

One of Antwerps classics, you will find other chefs having diner here on their days off, In Het Nieuwe Palinghuis (paling means eel, and paling in het groen is a typical Belgian speciality, eal with a sauce of green herbs) a dish or a fish will not be on the menu if the chef was not able to find the best and freshest ingredients. This is an old style fish restaurant. Not cheap but worth the money and the experience. next to the Pedestrianstunnel, de Voetgangerstunnel. This tunnel permits you to walk under the river De Schelde, to the other side. Not necessary to do the whole walk, but you should go down with the antic wooden escalator (not with the elevator/lift) so you can taste a little bit of the atmosphere from antwerp in the 1930’s.
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Al Wali

25 Appelmansstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2018

Strange address we guide you to 🙂 Al Wali is in the middle of an old fashioned shppingcenter in the diamant district. many jews, Indians, Libanese. Go inside the Empire Shopping Centre and you are in another world. Al Wali had the best Libanese food – tabouleh is great f ex! – in Antwerp and further. Take away can be more interesting than eating on the spot, unless you like to eat in shopping centers.
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Sightseeing

Begijnhof

39 Rodestraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

A quite place and nice garden in old monastery
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Leopoldstraat 24

24 Leopoldstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

Nice small herb garden in centre of antwerp
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Stadspark
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2018

Nice park, visit on friday and see how the Jewish Orthodox community celebrates shabbat
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Eilandje
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest

The newest hotspot in Antwerpen
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Sint-Annatunnel

Sint-Annatunnel
Antwerpen,
Flemish Region
2000

A must see, interesting pedestrian tunnel under the river
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Stad brouwerij de koninck

291 Mechelsesteenweg
Antwerp,
Flanders
2018

http://www.dekoninck.be/en, Visit our own city brewery, tours and some small local producers in sight
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Groceries

Delhaize Hopland

78 Meir
Antwerp2000

Nearest supermarket in the basement
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Arts and Entertainment

Museum aan de Stroom
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

Antwerps newest museum with spectacular views from the roof
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Museum Plantin-Moretus
Antwerpen,
Flemish Region
2000

Largest print museum
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Fotomuseum Antwerpen – FOMU

47 Waalsekaai
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

Photo museum
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ModeMuseum

28 Nationalestraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

Fashion Museum
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Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

http://www.museummayervandenbergh.be/Museum_MayerVanDenBergh_EN
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Other

Antwerpen-Centraal
Antwerp2018

Beautiful station in the diamond district
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Kloosterstraat

Kloosterstraat
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

Antiques street most shops are open in from we-sunday from 14:00
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Frituur n°1

1 Hoogstraat
Antwerpen2000

The most famous ‘friture’ from Antwerp. French fries should be called Belgian fries, as fries with mayonaise or with stoofvlees (meat stew prepared with beer) are the Belgian fastfoodspecialty. Friture number one is a take away friture, that’s how you should eat frieten, fries, frites anyway. There are some tables but these are more for tourists 🙂 The friture is near to the beautiful town hall, which you can see while eating. De Grote markt (big marketplace) is in front of you. Open 7/7 and they say 24/24 but that’s exaggerated but open til the early hours.
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Hippodroom

10 Leopold de Waelplaats
Antwerpen2000

This is a nice, long existing restaurant that offers high money/value. Cosmopolitan cuisine with classical and modern dishes, gillardeau oysters and like tartare of king crab, Wolffish with butternut and hand-peeled shrimps or Eggplant ravioli or Beef fillet with Belgian endives. Contemporary design. Hippodrome is opposite the Museum of Schone Kunsten. Tram stops in front. Neighbourhood is trendy, several restaurants and bars around, go and have a cocktail in Bijou (please check openingdays and hours form this bar) in de Graaf van Egmontstraat, nearby. Lucnhmenu in Hippodrome is around 25 euro, nice terrace outside when sun is awake
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Park Spoor Noord
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2060

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The Rubens House

9/-11 Wapper
Antwerpen2000

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Hertz

27
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen

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Avis Autoverhuur Antwerpen Centrum

3 Pelikaanstraat
Antwerpen2018

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Rockoxhuis

10 Keizerstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Almost Next door!
great small and interesting museum
forgotten by many tourists and that is good, sometimes 🙂
this is what Nobelprize winner Omar Pamuk (literature) wrote about Rockox when he was here.
We can not do better than himNicolaas Rockox (1560-1640) came from a wealthy Flemish family, and was a patron of the arts and a collector of artworks and coins. He was mayor of Antwerp for a time, as well as a humanist and a friend of Peter Paul Rubens, who painted portraits of him as he was posing in his house among his collections of objects, paintings and furniture.When I entered this house museum for the first time, what affected me most was the strange sense of another time. I could hear the noises of the city, the sound of a tram turning a corner and children in a nearby primary school, but at the same time, as my gaze would travel over the objects, the paintings, the furniture, the rooms, I would also feel as if I were in a completely different time. His tiny, wonderful museum, situated on a side street a stone’s throw from Antwerp’s main square, was not, of course, conceived as such during Rockox’s lifetime.But today, this well-curated space, displaying a passionate art lover’s collection in his own home, among the objects of his day-to-day life, his ornaments and his furniture, provides visitors with a deep insight into a particular culture and era, and into the private world of a man who happened to live during that period.
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Royal Café

27
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen

the royal Café is also restaurant. It is situated on the first floor of the iconic Central Station and it’s nice! Espesially for late breakfast, lunch and brunch. They work with good products (they buy all bread from Delafaille, which is one of the best bakers in Antwerp, the province of Antwerpen even) and that’s a good thing. Starbucks, on groundfloor, does not 🙂
busy va et vient
but the place deserves a visit
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Renaissance

32 Nationalestraat
Antwerpen2000

Minimalistic, stylish, timeless interior, a bit industrial even, maybe. Renaissance is next to the fashion Museum, in the same historical building.
In the square (Vrijdagmarkt) you will find the unique and worldwide very appreciated Plantijn Moretusmuseum: dedicated to the history of editing.
Renaissance offers a good Italian kitchen. No pasta’s. But good vitello tonato, ravioli with pumpkin and sage, etc. A place to recommend for lunch and dinner. They have a nice terrace, if you book on a sunny day, try to get a table outside.
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Bistro Meat & Eat

63 Vrijheidstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Mo’s father had a butchery in this place. Mo and his father wanted more. And they saw how the neighbourhoud was changing. And they have the blood of people who are goodfood-addicted. Meat and eat is what the names says it is.
Mo rules Fish & Eat, meat & Eat and Mo’s in Kasteelpleinstraat, three restaurants are on walking distance, and all are fine!
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Fish and Eat

65 Volkstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

Fish and Eat is one of Mo’s restaurant. Mo is the son of a butcher. Meat and eat was his first restaurant. It is still a huge succes or meat eaters. (see below). Fish and eat is what meat and eat is for fish lovers. Very good products. No fancy fancy. What the menu says is what you get. Influence from French city live; mostly Marseille. it’s a small restaurant. Everything offered is fine here. Meals are served on a paper napkin. No money is lost in all extra services. Bistrot like bistrot is meant to be.
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Het Gebaar

24 Leopoldstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

Michelin Starred restaurant, only open for lunch, but what a lunch, situated in the small but beautiful Historical Herb Garden (next to a hospital, herbs and medicins…) from Antwerp.
Het Gebaar is fantastic. But if you eat inside you must know the atmosphere is very formal (too formal we think, but that does not keep us from going there, not at all!). It can be stiff inside, depending on the other guests.
But van Damme, the chef, is really a talent. He cooks fantastic. When the weather is nice, you can eat outside, even under umbrellas. Eating outside, almost in the garden, adds a taste to your lunch.
Dishes are miraculous.
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Bijou Cocktail Bar

20 Graaf van Egmontstraat
Antwerpen2000

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UMAMI

6 Luikstraat
Antwerpen2000

Umami is a contemporary Asian, influenced by Nobu and Hakassan but, since there is – o sorrow – no Nobu or Hakassan in Belgium – on a lower scale. Even then: it’s worth a visit. Nice atmosphere. Good service. Busy place with good vibes and a mixed clientel. Umami is next to the museum of Modern Art and the Fotomuseum. Fotomuseum has interesting exhibitions, most of the time, can be an tasty combination!
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Cafe HOPPER

35 Leopoldstraat
Antwerpen2000

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Fong Mei
Antwerpen2060

in Chinatown, no discussion, this is the one and only dim sum specialist in town, the very best, more then 50 dim sums made à la minute, walking distance from your residence, unique and very Hong Kong Chinese.
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Letterenhuis

22 Minderbroedersstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

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Finjan

1 Graaf van Hoornestraat
Antwerpen2000

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Bij Lam en Yin

17 Reyndersstraat
Antwerp2000

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T Zilte

5 Hanzestedenplaats
Antwerpen,
Flanders
2000

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Hungry Henrietta

19 Lombardenvest
Antwerp2000

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Ciro’s

6 Amerikalei
Antwerp2000

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Criee
2060

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Sun Wah Supermarket nv

16-18 Van Wesenbekestraat
Antwerpen2060

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Cogels Osylei
Antwerp,
Flanders
2600

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Sint-Jacobskerk

73 Lange Nieuwstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

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Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp

21 Groenplaats
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

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St. Carolus Borromeuskerk

12 Hendrik Conscienceplein
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

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Zuiderterras / RAS

37 Ernest Van Dijckkaai
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

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Het Zuid Neighbourhood

Waalsekaai
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

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Invincible

9 Haarstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

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T Fornuis

24 Reyndersstraat
Antwerpen2000

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Chez Raoul

21 Vlasmarkt
Antwerpen2000

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Bernardin Restaurant

17 Sint-Jacobstraat
Antwerpen2000

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Las Mañas

36 Ankerrui
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

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vandoag is ‘t

2 Prinsesstraat
Antwerpen,
Vlaanderen
2000

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Shopping Stadsfeestzaal

78 Meir
Antwerpen,
Vlaams Gewest
2000

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Bistrot Du Nord

36 Lange Dijkstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2060

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Bart-à-vin

3-5 Lange Slachterijstraat
Antwerpen2060

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BARAVIN

31 Minderbroedersrui
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

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Marnixplaats

Marnixplaats
Antwerp,
Flemish Region
2000

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Lucy Chang

16 Marnixplaats
Antwerpen2000

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El Warda

4 Draakstraat
Antwerpen2018

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O’Tagine

13 Ernest van Dijckkaai
Antwerpen2000

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Witzli-Poetzli

8 Blauwmoezelstraat
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000

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Middelheim
Antwerp,
Flanders

Beautiful park with lots of sculptures
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Graanmarkt 13

13 Graanmarkt
Antwerp,
Flanders
2000