Whether it's a full meal, a quick snack or something traditionally Flemish you're looking for, Antwerp provides a smorgasbord of culinary choices. Seafood is especially popular given that this is a port town.
In the area around Grote Markt or 'Old Market Square', you'll find a wide range of restaurants. Some streets here to check out include Wiegstraat and Zirkstraat. Other popular places to eat can be found around the Groenplaats area, and close to the central station there are a number of eateries on Statiestraat. Cheaper places and a variety of mid-range restaurants can be found in the Zuid area of the city.
For something a little different head to Vlaeykensgang. This 'hidden street' connects Oude Koornmarkt, Pelgrimsstraat and Hoogstraat. You can only get to the street through medieval doors along the other streets, but once there you'll find a great selection of restaurants.
If you just want a quick meal, why not check out one of Antwerp’s many 'fritkotten'. Here you can buy cheap snacks like French fries. They generally have to be enjoyed on the move, as these eateries don't tend to have their own seating areas.
'Smos' or 'smoskes' are another of Antwerp's favourites. These are sandwiches with various layers of bread and a wide range of different toppings, and they're great value too.
Komedieplaats 18, Antwerp, Belgium
As its name might suggest, this restaurant is located in the foyer of the Bourla Theatre which was built in the 19th century. Each day a great value lunch buffet is provided, offering a wide selection of salads, soups, hot dishes, pastries and much more. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-12am & Sat 11am-6pm.
Wijngaardstraat 8, Antwerp, Belgium
Large but comfortable, this restaurant stretches over two floors. Here you can brave the horse meat specialities or go for something like the mussels, salads or various other dishes. A fixed price menu is available. The restaurant is located close to the Groenplaats metro station. Open daily, 11.30pm-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm.
Minderbroedersrui 38, Antwerp, Belgium
Chalkboard menus and wooden floors help to give this restaurant its casual atmosphere. It has been in business for around 25 years and serves a menu filled with Flemish and Mediterranean flavours. From pasta salad to guinea fowl, there's a wide selection of dishes to choose from. Lots of seafood, including salmon and lobster, is on offer. The dessert menu is also quite varied. A 'dagschotel' or plate of the day is offered each day at a special price. Open Tues-Fri 12pm-2am & 6.30pm-10pm, Sat 6.30pm-11pm.
Oude Koornmarkt 16, Antwerp, Belgium
This brasserie restaurant is located in the historic Vlaeykensgang, which dates back to the 16th century. Dishes offered have definite Belgian and French influences. Seafood, hare and fawn are just some of the choices here. A gourmet menu is available per table for a set price. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-1.30pm & 6.30pm-9.30pm.