10 Things to eat in Antwerp and where

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Antwerp is a city located in the northern part of Belgium, therefore its cuisine is typical Belgian, however, enhanced by some French recipes.
The port of Antwerp, which overlooks the North Sea, is the second largest in Europe: over time, ingredients and spices from all over the world have arrived in the city and their entry has greatly enriched the typical dishes of the city.
Here are the 10 things to eat in Antwerp and where.


  1. Asperges op z'n Vlaams
  2. Carbonade alla Fiamminga
  3. Moules et frites (Belgian-style mussels)
  4. Belgian Stoemp with Carrots
  5. Belgian soup
  6. Waterzooi
  7. Konijn met pruimen
  8. Antwerpse Handjes (Antwerp Hands)
  9. Gaufres de Liege
  10. Elixir d'Anvers
  11. Where to eat in Antwerp: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Asperges op z'n Vlaams

It is a very common appetizer, it comes to cooked asparagus, accompanied by hard-boiled eggs chopped and melted butter sauce. In some versions shrimp are added.

  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: asparagus, parsley, nutmeg, salt, eggs, butter, pepper

2 - Carbonade alla Fiamminga

It is a typical dish to be consumed during the colder months. Each family and each restaurant offers its own version, but in general it is a beef dish cut into small pieces cooked with great care with Belgian beer and flavorings. In the past, wild boar was used, while now the more tender parts of the beef are to be preferred, such as the shoulder, the rump, the royal, the walnut. Every now and then mustard is added.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, beer, onion, flour, butter, thyme, bread, black pepper, bay leaf, mustard, salt, extra virgin olive oil

3 - Moules et frites (Belgian-style mussels)

Belgian-style mussels represent the national dish par excellence.
It seems that the combination of mussels and fries dates back to 1875, and for a long time now, festivals and fairs have been organized where large quantities of mussels are consumed. The dish requires the mussels to be cooked in butter, blended with white wine (or white beer) and then flavored with onion, parsley and celery.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 19,00
  • Main ingredients: mussels, celery, onion, parsley, white wine, butter, salt, pepper, potatoes

4 - Belgian carrot stoemp

Typical side dish of Belgium: it is a dish based on mashed potatoes, to which some vegetables are added, like carrots often, with the addition of bacon, nutmeg, pepper and cream. Usually this dish accompanies the Flemish carbonade.

  • Recommended to: side dish
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, smoked bacon, fresh cream, black pepper, carrots, butter, nutmeg, salt

5 - Belgian soup

On cold winter days, eating a hot soup is not only regenerating, it becomes a real sensory experience.
The Belgian soup it is prepared with boiled sprouts, some of these are browned in butter, the others mixed with béchamel. Finally a cream is obtained, which before being served is enriched with previously browned sprouts.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: sprouts, béchamel, water, salt

6 - Waterzooi

This is one of the typical dishes of Flanders. It's about a soup which can be a fish or chicken base, in which turnips, carrots, celery, leeks and various fragrant aromas are cooked. Eventually, the soup comes served with the addition of cream or yogurt, and is usually eaten with slices of bread.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken (or fish), celery, leek, carrots, turnip, liquid cream, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, bay leaf, parsley

7 - Konijn met pruimen

Traditional dish, it is rabbit stew which comes wisely accompanied by a sauce based on dried plums and Belgian beer. Everything is cooked together with spices and aromas.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 18,00
  • Main ingredients: rabbit, pepper, salt, prunes, flour, beer, mustard, bay leaf, thyme, chicory

8 - Antwerpse Handjes (Antwerp Hands)

They are gods famous hand-shaped shortbread cookies, whose name derives from an ancient legend, according to which the Roman hero Silvius Brabo, killed the giant Druoon Antigoon, putting an end to the duties that the giant imposed on everything that was transported on the Schelde river. Brabo, whose statue stands in the main pizza of the city, cut off the hand of the enemy, throwing it into the river.
The sweets they are based on eggs, flour, almonds and butter and the chocolate version (white or dark) has also been circulating for some time.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, almonds

9 - Gaufres de Liege

These are typical Belgian sweets (similar in shape to waffles, but different in the dough) prepared starting from a batter of flour, butter, yeast, milk, eggs and pearl sugar.

Such batter comes cooked in a special waffle maker, which gives the typical square shape with the honeycomb surface. The gaufres come then stuffed to taste with jams, melted chocolate, maple syrup, whipped cream or fresh fruit.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, brewer's yeast, eggs, salt, butter, pearl sugar

10 - Elixir d'Anvers

This is a liqueur produced in Belgium since 1863. It is obtained from the maceration of 32 plants and herbs, together with pure alcohol and water. The derivative is then combined with the sugar and aged in oak or oak barrels. Production can take a total of 5 months. It is usually consumed as a digestive or aperitif.

  • Recommended to: digestive, aperitif
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: 32 secret plants, alcohol, sugar

Where to eat in Antwerp: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Antwerp is full of clubs and restaurants, where you can take regenerating breaks while strolling through the center. There are many pub where to drink beer of a thousand varieties and make an excellent aperitif, as different are the places specialized in fast food, where to buy and enjoy the famous French fries, the authentic Belgian ones with an inimitable flavor.
The main meal is dinner, and in most cases they are unique dishes, usually accompanied by fried potatoes or sprouts.

Furthermore, there are many fine restaurants in town, where the most traditional cuisine mixes with innovation, with dishes based on meat, fish and, above all, accompanied by many varieties of beer!
Here are the best places to eat in Antwerp:

1 - Fritkot Max

  • Description: fast food place in the center, specializing in the famous French fries
  • specialty: French fries
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - De Pottekijker

  • Description: typical place to consume meat according to traditional recipes
  • specialty: grilled meat
  • Average price: from € 16,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Maritime

  • Description: historical place in the center particularly suitable for fish lovers
  • specialty: eel in green sauce
  • Average price: from € 24,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Ciro's

  • Description: restaurant where you can enjoy excellent meat and sauces
  • specialty: meat
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

5 - Restaurant Lux

  • Description: refined and elegant restaurant, specializing in fish dishes
  • specialty: crab
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

6 - The Jane

  • Description: a place where you can find sophisticated cuisine in a very elegant and avant-garde context
  • specialty: innovative cuisine
  • Average price: from € 70,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

7 - Lints

  • Description: boutique of traditional and non-traditional sweets, ideal for brunch or a rich breakfast
  • specialty: cakes and pastries
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

8 - Paters Vaetje

  • Description: located near the cathedral, this venue offers more than 100 types of beer
  • specialty: beer
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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