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Obviously one also has to eat during a weekend trip, and after all that culture we got really hungry. So here are my tips if you want to enjoy lunch or dinner in Antwerp with your kids:

  • talking about culture; my first tip is café Mika in the Middelheim Museum. A great place to snack before or after a stroll through the park and the paper cubby house next to the seating area was a hit with my little girl.
  • Close to MAS is Felix Pakhuis, great for lunch and dinner with very nice and attentive service. Although one usually needs reservation, if you’re there at 6pm when the restaurant opens for dinner, you’re maybe lucky to get a table ad hoc. If you’re looking for a place for a coffee or afternoon tea, try next doors De Markt. A relaxed café/deli with a designated play area in an old style caravan!
  • Even I usually prefer independent restaurants, sometimes an international chain can be a safe bet after a long day. Wagamama, right next to the main train station, has an informal atmosphere, lots of dishes with rice and noodles and a kids menu. From time to time that’s all I need 😉
  • No noodles, but almost everything with and on bread serves Le Pain Quotidien. This was our choice for a take away lunch to consume in the hotel room during our daughter’s nap.
  • Caffé Noir is a lovely café in the city centre, with delicious cupcakes from Lily’s. There is a seating area a bit hidden in the back – perfect if you want a little privacy and calm (e.g. when breast feeding).

to be continued …

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