Antwerp is a busy seaport lying on the river Scheldt known for its diamonds trade, historical centre, a bustling contemporary art scene, and fashion designers. This is where gastronomy meets architecture with many restaurants taking up residence in unlikely buildings that best complement Antwerp’s fine dining experience. Here’s ten of Antwerp’s amazing places to eat.
The LUX is a trendy hang-out in the up-and-coming part of Antwerp just outside the city centre. Neighbouring the impressive modern architecture of the MAS museum, which showcases the city’s past, present and future, LUX is in the former premises of a shipping company. The building’s original ornate staircase leads up to the first floor dining area where original marble pillars and contemporary neon lighting blend the old with the new. The vertical neon ‘LUX’ sign on the original brick façade indicates that you have come to the right place for a great choice of meats, including three-week dry aged Flemish red beef and lamb chops as well as fresh fish and a generous seafood platter. It is worth sticking around for after-dinner drinks in the club ambiance of the basement and seeing the neon light reflecting in the harbour basin.
LUX, Adriaan Brouwerstraat 13, Antwerp, Belgium, +32 3 233 30 30
Without actually being a ship, Zuiderterras gives the impression of being one. Perched on the banks of the river Scheldt at the end of the walkway leading from the historical part of town, its large glass windows looking out on the river give you the feeling that you are dining while cruising. But there is no illusion when it comes to the menu. Traditional fish and meat dishes made with the freshest ingredients are served with a creative twist and the mouth-watering desserts are truly irresistible, the Zuiderterras chocolate mousse, crème brûlée and raspberry moelleux being the most decadent. To start the day on the right foot, Zuiderterras also serves a de luxe breakfast comprising a wide choice of sweet and savoury fare accompanied by a glass of champagne.
Zuiderterras, Ernest Van Dijckkaai 37, Antwerp, Belgium, +32 3 2341275
Just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral and the Grote Markt in Antwerp’s historical centre along one of the narrow cobbled streets, De Peerdestal lives up to its name, The Horse Stable. Its wooden stable-like entrance opens up into a quaint room of wooden beams dripping with candelabras and a vast collection of equine objects. Horse steak inevitably features on the menu, but there is also a wide choice of beef, lamb and fresh seafood including lobster and oysters. Outside, it feels as if you could almost hear the clip-clop of horses passing by.
De Peerdestal, Wijngaardstraat 8, Antwerp, Belgium, + 32 3 231 95 03