The 5 best new restaurant concepts Antwerp


Vlaamsekaai 43
+32 (0)3 257 50 05

This cool bistro bar occupies an old warehouse where coffee was once stored. The spacious interior has bare brick walls, a library and a glass floor that exposes the original railway tracks. Chef Thomas Baeyens recently changed his cooking style to focus on tasty bites for sharing. Closed at weekends.


Brederodestraat 23
+32 (0)477 74 80 42

Local foodies were quick to book a table when they heard Matty van den Brande had reopened his little restaurant in 2017. He has created a warm, friendly place with modern furniture, white walls and an open kitchen. His fans praise his faultless contemporary cooking based on the freshest ingredients.


Mechelsesteenweg 64-A

+32 (0)3 369 37 35

Chef Magali Verbaet moved her restaurant in 2017 into a former office building near the centre. She now occupies a contemporary white space next to her father’s art gallery. Verbaet continues to please local foodies with her fresh, natural cooking style based on crisp vegetables and fruit straight from the garden. She only cooks at lunchtime, except on Saturday evenings.

De Serre

Lange Gasthuisstraat 29-31
+32 (0)3 689 11 12

This beautiful lunch spot is located in a former school behind the botanical garden. The neoclassical interior is unexpectedly grand with high windows, hanging plants and industrial fittings. When it launched, De Serre set out to be a restaurant of the future with a digital menu and no serving staff. The concept has been slightly adjusted, so you are now served at the table. The chef creates interesting dishes like mussels in Thai green curry and Vietnamese pork belly spring rolls.

U Eat

Nassaustraat 42
Het Eilandje ➇
+32 (0)3 201 90 70

Located on the old harbour built by Napoleon, U Eat is a bustling, cosmopolitan spot that feels like London or New York. Created in 2017 by chef Viki Geunes and TV celebrity Hans Otten, it occupies the ground floor of the design hotel U Sleep. The lofty 19th-century interior has been converted into a hip contemporary restaurant with cocktail lounge, food bar and waterfront terrace.

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