Three nights in Antwerpen: a culinary excursion.
With two guidebooks in my backpack we went out for breakfast, coffee, lunch, pub and supper on two full days and two partial travel days. It was wonderful.

On our first evening we dined at de Arme Duivel. The best beef stew with fries in town. Two rows of tables, a dumb water going up to the kitchen, and good beef stew!

The next day we had breakfast at Domestic Cuisinette, where we watched the cook chop everything fine while we ate the breakfast he’d made for us. Checked out the MAS. Lunched at Bistrot la Popote. And then we dined at Au Vieux Port, where we both ordered eel in green and watched Belgians talk and drink wine for hours.

To keep the rest short, we ate at Tinsel, Staff’s Kantine and Carotterie 2000 and had coffee at Revista, Cronopio en Vitrin. We drank bier and gin and tonic at de Duifkens, In de Roscam and de Kat. We looked for, but didn’t find, Graanmarkt 13, a great restaurant, somewhat between Arme Duivel and Au Vieux Port. It was just across from de Duifkens!

I enjoyed watching people and eating and drinking great food.

No better place to start in Antwerpen than the Grote Markt.

Caught in thought on the Big Market

Renske waiting for the Giant, Druon Antigoon, to throw the hand at the Brabofountain.

Looking down from MAS, Antwerpen north

Looking down from MAS, Antwerpen, the Island

Statues on the MAS


Lunch at La Popote, near the Zoo

Waterpoort, near the Museum of Photography

Hanging out our hotel window on our last evening