Antwerpers take pride and have passion for food – true foodies at heart. In the Golden Age (16th century), all types of food, drink, herbs and spices from countries all over the world were transported through the Port. Even today, food is brought in from all corners of the globe, contributing to the city’s fascinating diversity. Food knows no boundaries in the city with exotic and foreign being held in high esteem amongst locals. New trends are tested and refined on the adventurous food lovers of the city. Many a cuisine buzzword is used here - European, exotic, classic French transformed with a delicate Belgian touch is what to consider on the menu of Antwerp! The biggest concentration of restaurants is in the historic city centre and Antwerpen-Zuid.
This restaurant is located near Antwerp’s amazing Cathedral. Brasserie Appelmans serves great food with some nice Belgian touches the stew made with De Koninck, a locally brewn beer. The building is a combination of old and new, just like Antwerp.
Restaurant Maritime is located between the main square and the Scheldt. If you like fish, this is the place to be! Definitely try the local dishes!
In many ways RAS resembles a moored ship along the Scheldt quays. In the summer you can dine outside on the large terrace. The menu features contemporary cuisine, a diverse range of salads and some surprising seasonal suggestions.
This restaurant opened four years ago in Theaterplein. The chef of 12, place du marché only uses seasonal fresh products. Because the restaurant is located near Antwerp’s biggest market the square is always bustling with activity on Saturdays and Sundays.
Den Rooden Hoed is Antwerp’s oldest existing restaurant and is located opposite Antwerp’s Cathedral. Besides serving Belgian traditionals such as mussels and eel in green sauce the menu also includes several refined meat and fish dishes.
Bar César is a New York-style bar in Antwerp, in the Les Nuits boutique hotel. As you may surmise from its name you can order a delicious Caesar salad here but they also serve high tea, breakfast and drinks.
Grand Café Horta is an icon in Antwerp’s theatre district, very close to shopping street Meir. This place is named after Belgian art nouveau architect Horta. Good choice if you are looking for a light lunch or a meal made with the famous Belgian beer.
Restaurant De Peerdestal is within walking distance of Antwerp’s main attractions. The restaurant has a distinct Paris feel to it. Its specialties include tasty horse meat, beef and the fresh lobster from its own homarium.
If you like French cuisine then De Reddende Engel is the place to go. The two chefs, who each specialise in a region, serve typical French dishes such as bouillabaisse, cassoulet and brandade de Nîmes.
Having a meal in this historic building is like stepping back into time, the origins date back to the 16th century. If you are looking for a nice and quiet meal in the heart of the historic city centre then this is an excellent spot.
The interior of this historic edifice is simply bursting with statues of saints, which the owners collected over the last thirty years. The menu features several Belgian specialities such as beef stew, chicken friand and mussels.
Graanmarkt 13 is the address of a building in one of the most beautiful squares of Antwerp. It is home to a fashion and design store, a gallery and a restaurant. The chef serves fair food using quality products, with Belgian and European influences.
Dock’s Café has been a staple in Antwerp for many years. The restaurant with its artistic interior specialises in contemporary Franco-Italian dishes. The oyster bar and fantastic array of sea food and the Bresse chickens are favourites with Antwerpers.
In Theaterplein, where you can find the biggest market of Antwerp during the weekend, you can eat snacks at Lunchbox. They focus on serving eco-friendly and organic food, with a menu comprising healthy sandwiches, wraps, hand-made burgers and fresh juices.
De Koraal is a charming luxury bistro, in Leeuwenstraat, near Vrijdagmarkt. Watch the chef prepare various specialities such as lobster, beef carpaccio, truffle dishes and Belgian caviar in the open kitchen. The kitchen is open until midnight.
Take a seat at the large round bar/table, which is the centrepiece of this minimalistic interior. The waiters move around in the centre of the circle, serving dishes which are prepared in the semi-open kitchen.
This Italian restaurant with its modern interior is located in the centre of the old city. Ristorante Arte is known for its delicious pizzas and refined Italian food.
If you don’t know it’s there, you’d walk right past it. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the fantastic view on Central Station and surroundings. Lovers of Italian food should definitely consider this restaurant.
At Hoffy’s, the Hoffman brothers serve food which has been prepared according to the rules of traditional Yiddish cooking. The menu includes a wide selection of fish and meat dishes, soups and vegetarian food.
Searching for an Antwerp restaurant which serves authentic Chinese cuisine? Then head over to Antwerp’s China Town and eat at Fong Mei. The restaurant is renowned for its home-made fresh dim sum, which some even consider to be the best in Antwerp.
Ellis’s Gourmet Burgers are such a success with meat lovers that they recently opened a second restaurant near Central Station. The menu includes traditional burgers as well as vegetarian and kids’ burgers.
An old favourite in Antwerp. La Sirena opened in 1965 and today patrons are still welcomed by the same owner. The menu includes typical Italian fare alongside a few Belgian dishes. A popular choice among Antwerpers and tourists alike.
The Square is located on the ground floor of the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel. The Square serves Franco-Belgian cuisine as well as some popular international dishes. On Friday and Saturday evenings you will be treated to live piano music during dinner.
Near Central Station you will find several restaurants which serve all types of cuisine, including gems like La Fontanella Da Enzo. This Italian restaurant with its sleek, modern interior serves a variety of pasta, risotto, pizza, meat and fish dishes.
Next to Antwerp’s opera building and across from the UGC Movie Theatre this is a excellent place to grab a bite before or after a performance or a movie. But there’s also breakfast, lunch menus and much more. The restaurant has a nostalgic feel.
For over sixty years Antwerp chocolate lovers have found their way to DelRey. Every day master chocolate makers craft delicious pralines, biscuits, pastries and ice cakes here. You can also have lunch at the Chocolate Lounge next door.
Lamalo is a Mediterranean kosher restaurant in Antwerp’s diamond district which also partly explains the Jewish influence in its cuisine. But the chef also draws on Moroccan traditions for inspiration.
In Moorkensplein in Borgerhout you will run into a tiny but cosy bistro, called Miro, which is opposite the stunning district house. The chef serves fresh products at an affordable price. Seating is limited so reservations are mandatory.
Bier Central serves more than 3,000 beers in a bottle and more than 20 other beers on tap. The menu features an array of traditional Belgian dishes such as mussels, oven-baked Brussels endives, and beef stew prepared with Belgian beer.
Milano is the oldest Italian restaurant in Antwerp. Everything is freshly made in the kitchen, from the bread to the pasta and the ice-cream. The kitchen is always open until 11.30 p.m., making this restaurant a good option for dinner after a film.
An Indian restaurant which only serves vegetarian dishes. Go à la carte or choose the buffet formula and enjoy a nice selection of traditional Indian dishes.
Bistrot du Nord is located only a stone’s throw from Park Spoor Noord. This is a small, relaxed, private restaurant which serves simple brasserie fare. The menu features a lot of meat dishes but the fish will also appeal to no-nonsense gourmets.
The building in which Lux is housed today was once the residence of a Polish shipping company. Many original features have been maintained including wood panelling, gilded mouldings and mosaic floors. The view on the MAS museum is an added bonus.
Head to the Burgerij near MAS for a delicious burger: a juicy piece of meat, straight from the grill. They use Belgian and Luxembourg beef and serve a wide range of traditional and more contemporary burgers. Something for everyone.
An old warehouse on Oude Leeuwenrui, has been converted into a restaurant called Pazzo. The owner is one of Belgium’s best sommeliers, which explains the emphasis on wines and the amazing wine list with many wines available by the glass.
An innovative combination of a bistro, a restaurant and a wine shop. The chef serves traditional dishes, with wine pairings.
If you happen to find yourself in Antwerp’s Eilandje neighbourhood and you’re up for a more Asian flavour then head over to Cambodia. The restaurant serves Thai, Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine and has a nice view of Antwerp’s MAS museum.
If you want to experience the grandeur of the Port of Antwerp, you have to come to Pomphuis. This restaurant is located in a monumental building that was used to pump water out of the adjacent dock. It offers a great dining experience.
Dave and Lieze opened the trendy restaurant Marcel in a former seamen’s church just around the corner from MAS. They serve Franco-Belgian cuisine, and like to focus on fish and game dishes.
Step into Las Mañas and you might think that you ended up in a Spanish pub. The restaurant tables are at the back and are populated by people from all walks of life. If you like delicious Galician food, then Las Mañas should be your first pick!
This beautiful restored warehouse is located at the marina of Willemdok and very close to the MAS museum. They serve lunches and dinners with a focus on seasonal produce.
Au Vieux Port is a restaurant with a nostalgic bistro atmosphere. The restaurant excels at traditional French and Belgian dishes, and some are even sliced or prepared at your table. A fantastic experience!
This restaurant is situated in Antwerp’s Eilandje or Little Island neighbourhood near MAS. The restaurant draws inspiration from Belgian and Southern French cuisine serving fresh, seasonal dishes. You can find wines from all over the world on the wine list.
Located opposite the new MAS museum Ellis Gourmet Burger serves exactly that: hamburgers for gourmets. The menu features traditional burgers as well as vegetarian and kids’ burgers.
The Urban Story Deli Shop, near MAS, is a buffet restaurant with an international vibe, which serves fresh salads, desserts and a special of the day, which changes daily. All the dishes and their packaging are organic.
An authentic restaurant with a nostalgic interior. The chef only uses fresh produce. Order the “Confiance menu” and enjoy three refined and beautifully balanced dishes. Friday is fish day with the chef serving mouth-watering seafood and/or fish dishes.
Bon Bini (the word for welcome in Papiamento is located in the university neighbourhood and serves food, wine, cocktails and spirits from all over the world. Specialities include kangaroo and fajitas but they also serve a wide selection of tapas.
The speciality of this “Shop and Table” eatery? Delicious, hand-made meatballs, using only the best ingredients for a fair price. The filling changes daily and the meatballs are served with mashed potatoes or a salad.
Want to get a taste of the authentic Antwerp? Then stroll around the Cadix neighbourhood, behind the MAS. Order some of the most delicious Antwerp dishes in La Pipe d’Anvers and don’t forget to check out the original Art Deco interior.
The menu at Chez Fred will make your mouth water – from the traditional Belgian beef stew to the tuna steak with mint pesto. Highly recommended if you are looking for a nice place to have an affordable and delicious meal.
Steps away from the monumental museum of fine arts ,this restaurant serves French-Belgian cuisine with global influences.
You will find l’Amitié in one of the oldest buildings in the Zuid district, an old coffee roastery. In the entrance you can still see the rails for the carts that were filled with coffee. The chef serves delicious, refined fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
In the centre of the Zuid district you will find Kommilfoo, a restaurant which earned its first Michelin star in 2011. The chef serves modern-contemporary cuisine using the latest culinary techniques to enhance his seasonal Franco-Belgian dishes.
This tiny restaurant, which is located in a former butcher’s shop, caters to meat lovers’ every wish and command. Here you can choose from a selection of affordable meat dishes, which you might be hard pressed to find on the menu in other restaurants.
An Italian Osteria near Antwerp’s former Southern Docks. The menu is limited but they do serve all the traditional Italian dishes. There are photos and works of art on the walls and the terrace is a pleasant place to eat on sunny days.
The menu of this simple yet trendy restaurant in Antwerp’s Zuid district features Flemish, Mediterranean, Italian and oriental cuisine. After your meal you can continue your conversation in the lounge bar on the first floor.
Lovers of seafood should not miss this restaurant. Fiskebar is a small simple place. It focuses on fresh fish: tuna, king crab, prawns, oysters, lobster, mussels, it all can be found here.
This is a highly personal restaurant, since the chef does everything himself: he receives the guests, and serves them the food he prepares. There is no menu. The restaurant can seat 16 guests. A lunch menu costs 30 euros, a four-course dinner 50 euros.
Umami is a brand-new innovative Asian-style restaurant in Antwerp, serving several innovative Asian dishes. The varied menu includes sushi, tempura, dim sum and wagyu beef. It is also the perfect place for a pre- or after-dinner drink!
Named after the grocery shop that was located here, this is now a charming restaurant with fastly changing menus to surprise the guests. Specialties include seafood, vegetarian dishes.
The place to go for pita dishes, falafel and grilled meat. This Middle Eastern specialty restaurant is a popular place to eat in Antwerp. The newspaper De Morgen even recently awarded it the title of best pita restaurant in Antwerp!
The Glorious is the perfect asset in a neighbourhood which is populated by fashion, antiques and interior design stores. In this wine bar/bistro you can taste about 30 wines by the glass which are paired with a refined no-nonsense style of cooking.
Brasserie Den Artist, in Antwerp’s Zuid district, attracts Antwerpers and visitors alike. Den Artist serves Belgian dishes and is widely considered an excellent address for breakfast or brunch.
Head over to this quintessential Antwerp brasserie for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen serves Belgo-Franco cuisine with an oriental twist here and there. The menu features salads, steaks and pasta but do check the list of daily suggestions.
If you love Italian wine then this trendy eatery with its stylish interior is the place to go.. The pizzas are super fresh with the price reflecting the delicious quality. They also sell several other Italian products.
Het Gerecht is a contemporary restaurant, located in a magnificent town house near the old law courts. They serve French, seasonal dishes. The restaurant also has a nice terrace, bar and lounge.
A l’Infintiste is a tiny restaurant with a special concept. You bring your own aperitif, wine or soft drinks and coffee or tea. Every day the chef creates refined dishes for a fixed price. Besides the main course he also serves creative hors d’oeuvres.