The only challenge of eating out in Antwerp is deciding which of its myriad internationally-renowned restaurants is worth your time. Here we lay out three of the best options for you to sink your teeth into.
l’Epicerie du Cirque
For a city of its size, it’s surprising how many Michelin-starred restaurants Antwerp is home to. One of the most esteemed is l’Epicerie du Cirque, notable for it’s art nouveau façade and equally impressive hospitality from Chef Dennis Broeckx and hostess Ellen De Stuyver. Lined with exposed white brick walls and featuring low-hanging pendant lighting and polished concrete flooring, the interior is just as unpretentious as the menu, which changes every six weeks and features French-inspired dishes such as foie gras terrine, served with sausage and apple and mustard.
Volkstraat 23, T +32 (0) 3238 05 71, www.lepicerieducirque.be
Though Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril’s menu at The Jane is undeniably lust-worthy, most people visit this awe-inspiring fine dining restaurant for the interiors alone. Located in the chapel of a former military hospital, the space was designed in collaboration with Piet Boon Studio, and Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job, who were behind the stain glassed windows that consist of 500 unique panels which depict, amongst other things, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls and babies. At the heart of the restaurant lies a 800kg chandelier by .PSLAB, featuring 150 lights. Choose from five, seven or nine courses at lunchtime.
Site ‘t Groen Kwartier, Paradeplein 1, T+32 3 808 44 65, www.thejaneantwerp.com
Grand Café Horta
This venue is a much as city landmark as it is a chic café to which locals flock to see and be seen. Amongst expansive windows that flood the space with light, high ceilings and a huge swooping staircase worthy of its name, Grand Café Horta serves local dishes alongside Italian and French food, while beer flows from the bar. Most people, however, come to visit for the architecture, designed by Victor Horta a famed Belgian art nouveau architect.
Hopland 2, T+32 3 203 56 60, www.grandcafehorta.be