Antwerp Journals

Antwerp Eating and Getting There

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A January 2013 trip to Antwerp by koshkha

The cooking area Photo, Antwerp, Belgium More Photos
Quote: The historic town of Antwerp is totally charming and filled with great places to eat.

Het Gebaar

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Restaurant | "Patisserie Perfection - Part Two"

Het Gebaar Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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Desserts are Roger’s speciality and guests are asked to order their puds when they order their main courses. This is an unusual tactic but I guess they’re just not willing to rush their speciality. I was trying to be good and picked an apple-based dish called ‘Pomme Pomme’. Yves chose to order the cheese plate, Karin went with a dish called ‘Soleil’ whilst Natasja went for the most famous and renowned of the puds, the so-called "Botanique". Lots more details to follow! If you go towards the end of the afternoon though you can order pancakes or just order dessert although these options are not available at the peak lunch time.Roger wandered over whilst we were waiting and I was surprised to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2013

Het Gebaar
Leopoldstraat 24
Antwerp, Flanders 2000
03/232.37.10

Hangar 41

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Restaurant | "Hanging about at Hangar 41"

Hangar 41 Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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Another trip to Antwerp and with the annual appraisals out of the way, it was a chance to take my local colleague Karin for dinner to celebrate. She picked a place near the river, an old converted warehouse called Hangar 41 – or to give it its full name ‘Hangar Eenenveertig’. It’s a place she said she used to go quite often but where she’d not been back to in quite some time. She was confident they would have something suitable for non-meat-eating me.The address is Sint Michielskaai 41 and so should identify for those who know Antwerp, that it’s on St Michael’s Quay. We drove into the city and along the riverside and parked in what may well be one of the ugliest but and one of very few fre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2013

Hangar 41
41 Sint-Michielskaai
Antwerp, Flanders
(0)3 257 0918

Taking the Thalys

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Europe has a number of famous high speed trains but I would guess one of the less known is the Thalys. The train runs from Amsterdam in the north, through Brussels and on to Paris. Side lines can get you to the French Alps and to Cologne but the main route is back and forth between Paris and Amsterdam. I take this train only between Amsterdam Central or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Antwerp. The journey – all being well – should take around an hour from Antwerp to the airport and just a few minutes longer to Central Station.I’ve taken the Thalys three times in the last two months and I’ve signed up now for a ‘Thalys Card’ and an online account so that I can book my own tickets. I travel ...Read More

Het Gebaar

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Restaurant | "Patisserie Perfection - Part One"

Het Gebaar Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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Last year I managed to pretty much avoid going to Belgium but 2013 is clearly going to be different. I had a gap in my team with nobody looking after the Benelux, hence I was allowed to ignore the place but this has to change. Following a bit of a reshuffle in Belgium, January 1st brought me the final piece of the team jigsaw when a colleague transferred into my group. Whilst Karin was new to the team, she was far from new to the company and we’d worked together in my previous role. The very same day she came into my group marked her 15th anniversary of joining the company. I thought that justified a celebration (if not a medal for valour and endurance) but apparently according to the local HR departm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2013

Het Gebaar
Leopoldstraat 24
Antwerp, Flanders 2000
03/232.37.10

Wok and Walk

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Restaurant | "Wok and Walk Away"

The cooking area Photo, Antwerp, Belgium
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Ever since the direct flights from Manchester to Antwerp were cut back, my attempts to visit my colleagues in Belgium have forced me to take the train between Antwerp and Amsterdam. Whilst I’ve come to love and admire Antwerp station, a beautiful tribute to the great days of rail travel, and I’m starting to just about get used to the high-speed ‘Thalys’ trains, I always struggle for somewhere to get some food. As a non-meat eater who doesn’t feel satisfied by the ubiquitous cheese roll, I find it hard to find anything to tempt me inside the station. On a previous visit the taxi we’d booked to the station failed to turn up so this time we ordered one much earlier and arrived with about 45 minutes to sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2013