The tastiest pizza, the best cocktails, authentic Sichuanese food: with these cool hotspots in Antwerp you can be sure that you won’t be short of culinary delights. Pack your bags and go!
9 x cool hotspots in Antwerp
1. Pilar Food Bar
Place Leopold de Wael 34
Planning a weekend in Antwerp? Not only is Hotel Pilar a must to spend the night, the food bar attached to it is also great. The dishes are simply very well thought out: fresh, innovative and simply incredibly tasty. Their selection of natural wines is also worth exploring.
2. Mico & Jon
At Mico & Jon we recently ate a Wagyu Katsu Sando that will stay with us for a long time. And a choux au craquelin with matcha and bergamot. And Japanese fried chicken. You already read it: at this hotspot you have come to the right place for trendy Asian dishes with a twist. They are also not shy about putting a more daring dish on the menu, such as pig ears with sichuan sauce.
Flemish quay 6
We ate the best lemon tart of our lives at Album : a modern sourdough bakery slash breakfast spot slash lunch bar. The secret turned out to be the addition of yuzu: genius. The rest of their menu also consists of equally cleverly conceived dishes.
Head here for smaller dishes such as North Sea crab with tomato or sourdough toast with beef tartar. Buying sourdough bread or pastries for home is of course also possible.
Congress Street 42
Is it because of their incredibly airy pizza dough? Because of their addictively delicious San Marzano tomato sauce? Is it because of their creative combinations like fior di latte, chard, mackerel, lemon and fresh onion? One thing is certain: pizza at Loes&Krikke ranks high in the list of the best pizza in town. Moreover, the location is a real hidden gem in the interesting Borgerhout.
5. Ni Shifu
Lovers of Sichuan cuisine are in the right place at Ni Shifu . Here you slurp thick, homemade noodles, dip your dumplings in aromatically spiced dips and deglaze the spicy pork with a fresh Asian beer. The real deal!
6. Duke Jan at Botanic
Lange Gasthuisstraat 51
Hertog Jan at Botanic is the gastronomic restaurant of top chef Gert De Mangeleer (known for the now closed three-star Hertog Jan restaurant in Zedelgem). This new concept by chef and host Joachim Boudens offers a total culinary experience, comparable to the Japanese omakase . An extra asset: at Hertog Jan at Botanic you can dine in a unique, intimate location with a view of the restaurant’s own conservatory, beehives and herb garden.
Titulus is one of the most beautiful wine shops in the city. Moreover, you can also take a seat at one of the tables to enjoy a special glass and a matching dish on the spot. Whether you go for a piece of pâté en croûte or herring with white kimchi: everything is delicious at Titulus.
8. Bar Burbure
Flemish quay 41
You have cocktail bars and you have cocktail bars, with a big C. Bar Burbure falls into the latter category. Not only is every cocktail on the menu elaborated down to the last detail (10 points for the design of the glasses) and perfectly balanced, an evening at Bar Burbure is also a small experience in itself. Don’t be surprised if you are suddenly treated to a round of burgers on the house, or other bites. And just to be clear, we’re not talking about a bowl of chips, but – you get the idea – about really tasty snacks that go perfectly with those cocktails.
9. FRANQ Gastrobar
Chicken village 10/12
In one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in historic Antwerp you will find Gastrobar FRANQ. At this more accessible brother of star restaurant FRANQ* you can enjoy both classics and modern dishes with a characteristic FRANQ stamp. This results in a cool, playful card where you should not let yourself be too limited by rules. Fill the table with pastrami, oysters, foie gras terrine and mussels au gratin? Everything is possible. Tip: when the weather is nice, take a table in the romantic courtyard, which is walled by pear trees.
Want to discover more hotspots in Antwerp? Be sure to check out the culinary city guide by culinary journalist Barbara Serulus (and author of the awesome DINER ). We can assure you that her personal favorites are incredibly reliable tips.