Antwerp cuisine understandably focuses on fish, and although the classic Belgian waterzooi -- a rich stew of fish (or chicken), vegetables, herbs, egg yolks, cream, and butter -- can easily be found, fish in even the finest restaurants is generally presented with few frills, often poached or steamed, and reasonably priced. From the chilled whelks and periwinkles (marine snails) picked out of their shells with pins, to piles of tender little crevettes grises (small shrimp), to the steamy white flesh of the mammoth turbot, the scent of salt air and fresh brine is never far from your table. The ubiquitous mussels and eels, showcased in mid-priced restaurants throughout the city center, provide a heavier, heartier version of local fish cuisine. Bought live from wholesalers, the seafood is irreproachably fresh. (Fodor's.com)
Favorite Dish: A friet (and don't call it french fries, as they are obviously belgian fries) is a good remedy to avoid getting drunk. Always take something greasy like friet before you are going to drink the strong belgian beers. It is said that the grease coats the stomach and prevents all the alcohol to get in your blood. Don't know if that is true, but it seems to work.....
You will find cafes and taverns everywhere. On the left you can sit outside in the main square with the cathedral behind you -- or you can mosey down a side street and find a neighborhood spot such as the one of the right.
Every once in a while we have a craving for a little luxury so we take ourselves off to a fancy hotel bar for a drink. Our visit to the Antwerp Hilton coincided with a need for food -- so "Croque Hawaii" it was -- although I had expected the pineapple to be inside ...
Another very old pub in Antwerp. It used to be a rock & role café but later on it was turned into a jazz café. They play live music over the weekend and it was very loud as we were sitting next to the band. Situated at Melkmarkt 15.
Chocolate: Every tourist knows that he should take some Belgian chocolate back home. It is the best!
Godiva and Neuhaus are the best known but a less expensive praline of Leonidas also tastes very good!
Tip: go for window-shopping to Chocolaterie Burie, Korte Gasthuisstraat and Pierre Marcolini, Huidevettersstraat. Especially around X-mas and Easter they make very special things in chocolate.
In the touristic heart of Antwerpen there are many restaurants. The Grote Markt (Big Market-square), the Handschoenmarkt (Glove-market) and the Groenplaats (Green square) and surrounding area's especially restaurants that are attracting tourists are to be found. Now - no bad words about these restaurants, as they serve often good and traditional Belgian food. But, no doubt, a Antwerpen citizen and VT-member like "Sinjoor" or "Irisbe" can tell you the best places to eat. Just look them up and ask, I think they will be glad to help you out.
Belgians do not have the rushing lifestyle that many other Europeans are being guided by. The clock can be put away and appointments are there to be flexibily cooped with (either be way too early, just get too late or suddenly switch them to another date and time). The terraces are often full, especially when the weather permits it and a happy cheerful chatting hangs constantly in the air. Taste this great way of life on one of the many terraces of Antwerpen and don;t watch the clock because of a next appointment ... then you immediately have broken the enchantment.
I only stole bits of Bigs' waffle with icecream and strawberries here as I wasn't in a 'sweet mood' when we were there. It was rather tasty though!!!
HAHA Actually three weeks later on the way back from Brussels we stopped in Antwerp only to have a waffle here. It was a taste sensation!
You will find restaurants everywhere, but the concentration is greatest in the historic centre. Going out to eat here is one of the arts of living. Do as the 'Sinjoren' do, take your time and savour every moment. Choose from the most sophisticated Flemish gastronomy, from exotic cuisines from just about everywhere and of course you can get delicious steaming mussels any time you like, but they are at their best between August and April.
Antwerpen is a place where you are unlikely to die of hunger or thirst. There are a lot of cafes and the many restaurants often stay open very late. The choice is overwhelming: from extremely sophisticated gastronomy, exotic cuisine from all around the world, to simple but tasty meals for every pocket. Particularly around the Grote Markt and near the Station there is something for everybody
Antwerp is an enjoyable and inexpensive place to eat, full of informal café-restaurants, which excel at combining traditional Flemish techniques and dishes with Mediterranean, French and vegetarian cuisines. There are places serving delicious food all over the city centre, and you don’t even pay much of a premium on or around Market Place, the main square, though this is the prime tourist area. Several of the best café-restaurants clustered on Suikerrui and Grote Pieter Potstraat, and there is another concentration near Hendrik Conscienceplein. For food on the run, try the kebab and falafel takeaways on Oude Koornmark. Café-restaurants and restaurants are usually open every day of the week from 11am or noon to about 11pm, though some close for a few hours in the afternoon and the smarter establishments sometimes only open in the evening; others have a regular weekly closing day -usually Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Reservations are rarely required, but they are a good idea.
Favorite Dish: Kriek Lambic en is - in my opinion - the nicest beer in the world. Belgium has hundreds of sorts of beer, about which you can almost say that any village has it's own beer. A very sweet and refreshing beer is Framboise and Gueze Lambic. So, try a few beers while you are here, maybe you will also find a favorit.
Don't really have a favorite restaurant. But there are lots of wonderful snacks to get in Antwerp. You have to try a warm waffle from one of the open stands (I like it best plain). Also buy some of the delicious Belgium chocolate. If you want something warm there are excellent French fries to get.
there was a nice cafe and good ice cream in australian home made ice cream place ;) (again an ice cream thing).
Favorite Dish: One flavour was really good but I addled the names :D It could have been praline but I'm not sure..too many names ;)