Any vegetarian knows that the local pizzeria can be a lifesaver when you just want a casual meal out. The pizza at Bar Italia, situated across the road from the Royal Museum for Fine Arts, offers a variety of at least five different vegetarian toppings, besides its daily suggestions, that go beyond the usual funghi (mushrooms) or quattro formaggi.
Bar Italia, 59 Graaf Van Egmontstraat, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 0321 61748
Set in Antwerp’s Jewish district, Beni Falafel has been serving up some of the freshest and tastiest falafel in the city since 1973. The small establishment offers an array of Jewish dishes and snacks, such as latke (grated potato pancake) and burekas (filo pastry filled with cheese, spinach and potatoes). A vegetarian’s snack heaven, Beni Falafel is of course best known for its falafel, served in pita bread slightly toasted with a hot iron and filled with hummus. It is open every day of the week except Saturday, respecting the Jewish day of rest.
Beni Falafel, 188 Lange Leemstraat, Antwerp, Belgium, +32 0321 88211
De Broers van Julienne has a rustic, inviting look, and everything on its wide-ranging menu is made with thought and care. Although there are a few fish dishes, De Broers van Julienne mainly serves international fusion vegetarian food made from organic ingredients and prepared in a homey style. Sweet and savory tarts are featured on their menu as well as great salads.