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Lovebirds visiting Belgium are in luck these days. Dotted across the country are cozy wine bars and intimate eateries serving up everything from Eastern-inspired woks to Flemish comfort food for a romantic evening out. These ten establishments all share a warm, inviting atmosphere ideal for those on a getaway for two.
This charming Antwerp eatery is one for the vegetarian lovebirds. Bites and Wines may look a bit bombastic on the outside, but don’t be offended by the loud colors – you don’t want to miss out on some of the port city’s best vegetarian food. Bring a big group of vegetarian buddies or a date and enjoy guilt-free plates paired with a bottle of vegan wine.
Bites and Wines, Oude Beurs 60, Antwerp, Belgium +32 3 233 51 45
Over a quarter of a decade old and still going strong as one of Antwerp’s most romantic hotspots, Huis de Colvenier has garnered a reputation for its steady, continuous excellence. Patrick Van Herck has been giving a modern twist to French cuisine for decades in this old patrician house, always respecting the seasons in which ingredients works best. The ‘special experience’ formula grant couples access to the 19th-century wine cellar while sipping aperitif and a peek into the chef’s pots while he and his team cook up a storm.
Huis de Colvenier, Sint Antoniusstraat 8, Antwerp, Belgium +32 477 23 26 50
If you’re looking to spend a romantic day in Ghent, you might want to combine a lunch date at Publiek with an Italian follow-up at Le Baccanti. Start the night off with an aperitif while lounging in the cozy salon with authentic brick fireplace downstairs. This intimate inn with its tiny round tables and good selection of organic wines has a way of making you feel at home with your pasta dinner.
Le Baccanti, Waaistraat 14, Ghent, Belgium +32 9 224 20 55
World cuisine and a good wok dish is what you and your partner will find at A Food Affair. Chef Laurent Loquet has spent time traveling through Asia, a fact reflected in the ease with which he turns out an Eastern-inspired menu without any native assistance in the kitchen – and in the travel pictures hanging on the walls. Both his curries and the stylish snug space itself will leave you and your date feeling warm and fuzzy.
A Food Affair, Hoogstraat 58, Ghent, Belgium +32 9 224 18 05