One of the biggest attractions of Antwerp and Flanders is chocolate, it smells like chocolate in the streets because in this region of Europe there is a historical tradition and masters of this art. For chocolate lovers, is one of the best places to enjoy it, in the center of Antwerp, Meir street side. You can enter the kitchen where you will see a couple of cooks preparing chocolates or sculptures. These sculptures will be all over the site and I'm sure many will surprise you. One that caught my attention from the street was a character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. People start to disperse when they come in: some go to the terrace to enjoy the Palace of Meir, others to the store and others go straight to the Café Imperial. Sure you get a memory of Antwerp if you enter this site to taste one of the best chocolates in Europe.
Right on the banks of the Scheldt River, a few steps from the Castle, you will find this restaurant to be the best for its fantastic views. Also, the food is delicious. I finally tried the popular Belgian frites here and I wasn't disappointed. The rest of the food won't disappoint either. We were eating on the terrace, under an umbrella that protected us from the sun, on a beautiful day, but there is plenty of space inside. A good choice for dining in the Belgian city.
Cafe Storm is at the foot of the MAS museum. I recommend you visit because the interior design is very well cared for, and they make very good pies. Every 2 or 3 weeks they have new ones, always fresh and I miss them. If you go to Antwerpen in the summer and decide to visit the MAS Museum, when you are finished it feels great to have a Belgian beer on the coffee terrace which overlooks the harbor and the wonderful museum building.
This is a very special, unique and highly-recommended restaurant. However, it's not cheap. But for what you get, it's worth it. It is located in the recently renovated port area, which has become one of the most modern and trendy of the town. And where, formerly, there was a fire station. This is why the building is so amazing, both outside and inside, airy with high ceilings. This is a fine dining restaurant, with excellent service and an almost luxurious atmosphere. Still, the experience is highly recommended for those looking for different possibilities. Of course, the food was delicious. You could see it was a very typical place for a romantic dinner (judging by the amount of lovebirds).
They say that the success of Starbucks has to do with its comfortable atmosphere. A place to read a book or use the macbook while enjoying 'good coffee'. You can say that the experience is sold. I would send fans of Stabucks to this cafe in Antwerp. The Bar Choq is the perfect combination of the success factors of Starbucks but real: warm, comfortable, with good music, a charming waiter, nice decor (as seen in the photo) and very good coffee (as can also be see in the photo, in which, in particular, shows the Wonka and the Speculoos). They have a large menu list and there is a new special every week. On the blog you can see more photos. The cost is around 2 or 3 € for a coffee.
On the side of a "hidden path" in Antwerp is the Popoff. Since 1985, it's served both savory dishes like quiches and salads, and a lot of cakes, all homemade, and some sweets. Some of them are served throughout the year, while others are seasonal, as the ingredients change. Options include key lime pie, chocolate and cappuccino, cheesecake, caramel, strawberry meringue, pear. The location couldn't be better: the charming Oude Koornmarkt, near Grote Markt square and the cathedral, an old house with retro decor. You can eat inside or at tables on the terrace, watching passers-by.
Here the terraces are open all year, the weather or the cold does not intimidate the visitors when sitting outside. For me, it was much more warming and welcoming sitting at the table next to the window. Ubiquitous shrimp and cheese croquets and mussels, sandwiches, and an omelet was what we ordered. The menu didn't offer much more in these kind of restaurants in Belgium. All went well with a good atmosphere.
In the diamond district of Antwerp there are many different bars and restaurants. The first thing that struck us was the menu which was displayed outside with photos of large dishes and very good price. And then for its decoration that seemed curradeta, and it was! We decided to go in and the truth is that we really enjoyed the site. As put in the card is a "Shoarma Grill Room", which specializes in Lebanese food. There were many dishes with meat, vegetables, and pita bread. They brought a tray with six different sauces to get it to your liking, mmmmmmmmm, the truth is that the dinner was very very rich! Desserts were not, but coffee and tea. The décor was curious, especially plastic plants and bunches of grapes hanging from the ceiling lol.
Emblematic and famous in Amberes, you will find the Grote Markt to San Carlos Borromeo at the height of the cathedral. You have to go for a beer, and watch the profusion of statues and religious objects at each corner, the place is crowded, not because of food, but for it's original decoration, as some parts are of undoubted artistic value.