The Best Restaurants in Antwerp's Old Town

Antwerps Old Town is full of restaurants worthy of a visit
Antwerp's Old Town is full of restaurants worthy of a visit
Niall McGrade

Nestled along the banks of the river Scheldt, Antwerp stands as a vibrant port city that boasts both architectural splendor and a culinary scene worth savoring. While it may be renowned for its stunning architecture, there’s no reason why visitors can’t indulge in its equally remarkable cuisine. From the captivating historic center to the exquisite dining options, Antwerp’s charm extends beyond its facades to tantalize taste buds. Join us as we embark on a culinary adventure, discovering the city’s gastronomic treasures tucked within the Old Town. With a curated list of the finest restaurants, we invite you to savor the perfect fusion of beauty and flavor that Antwerp’s historic heart has to offer.

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De Godevaart

Belgium, Antwerp, view to central station

Dave De Belder freely admits that his suppliers probably find him a difficult customer, owing to his selective nature demanding only the best ingredients. This attention to detail is evident in De Godevaart’s food, cuisine prepared to precise standards following a modern molecular gastronomic philosophy. The menu will leave you spoiled for choice, but your final decision won’t matter too much, as everything on the menu is of excellent quality.

Rooden Hoed

An Antwerp staple, Grand Café Den Rooden Hoed has been plating up seafood and classic Belgian meals for decades. Flemish painter Quinten Matys lived in the building during the 16th century, and it was used as a coaching inn as long ago as 1750. The restaurant is relatively large, with room for over 150 people. However, due to its popularity, bookings may still be necessary at weekends or on busy holidays.


Café Restaurant Bourla is affiliated with the majestic Bourla Theatre, which is considered by many to be Antwerp’s best entertainment venue. The restaurant maintains a balance between a casual atmosphere and a refined one, with a broad mix of people dining at its tables. Serving up a mix of Belgian and French cuisine, the menu showcases both excellent food and great value for money, with enough options to suit all tastes.

Falafel Tof

This small, trendy cafe unsurprisingly specialises in falafel. The ethical cafe serves fresh ingredients every day, sourced in eco-friendly ways, and serves all-natural, gluten-free food. Portions are generous, especially considering the low prices, and coupled with the food itself, they make Falafel Tof a near-perfect lunch spot.

Billie’s Bier Kafetaria

This cosy bar and gastropub is named after its resident dog, the eponymous Billie. Any place billing itself as a “Beer Café” is going to have a massive range of beers, and this place is no exception, with a huge variety of choices from all around the world. The building is small, but the portions certainly aren’t, with generous helpings of food made with fresh ingredients. Pick your meal and then consult the staff about which beer to match it with.

Simply Emily

Simply Emily is a cosy little cafe doling out warmth and comfort in a selection of nutritious bowls. A small and clean location with a real local business feel, Simply Emily makes a perfect venue to escape the bustle of the city and relax with a bowl of soup, a quiche, or something a little sweeter. For those who can’t stay for long, all dishes can be taken away.

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