Newsflash: in Antwerp there’s plenty of ways to get your health food fix, without even realizing you’re eating healthy. Just because it’s so damn good and delicious. And oh, your kids are very welcome in all three of these places.
Every week we have a lunch meeting at the lovely bar Copper (believe it or not, all that Thingfinding needs some planning and preparation). And caffeine, that too. And chocolate pie. And of course a proper hearty lunch, like say, a plate of quinoa, roasted bell peppers, beetroot dip and pine nuts.
On extra chilly and hungry days, we also go for the homemade soup. Owner Annemiek looks for inspiration in all the good stuff the changing seasons bring, but the usual suspects on her menu are always delicious as well. For every dish, you have the choice between bread, lentils and quinoa.
Extra nice and definitely worth mentioning: Copper has a corner with beautiful vintage ceramics and plants. Annemiek has green fingers and can tell you exactly how to take care of your new green friends. Outside there ‘s also a small but very cute terrace.
Benjamin Somers once designed posters and ads. But he ended up in the kitchen and decided he liked it better there. Lucky us! A few years back he opened his own place, called Native, where veggies play the main part. Meat is not the enemy but has to be okay with a supporting role. Everything you eat here is organic. The interior has nice details, like an authentic tile floor, lots of wood, tables made from old French shutters and of course the cool race bike hanged on the wall.
On the menu are sandwiches with beetroot dip, lentil paté with bacon, celeriac and roast beef, grilled chicken, hummus and almonds, soup, quiche and the salad of the day. Kids are welcome, Benjamin is a father himself. There ‘s not a lot of space to run around, but kids get coloring pencils and old-fashioned games, if they feel like it.
Racine opened its doors last November, as the new project of Ellen and Dennis, the people behind Bar Palmier and Moss. They make a mean quinoa sandwich and excellent salads, inspired by seasonal produce. Their bread is made by high end bakery Toon de Klerck.
Thirsty? Definitely go for the cold pressed juices, the very elaborate tea menu, lovely organic wines or specialty coffee from Caffenation, who opened their new roastery and bar at the same site.
Feel like digging deeper in Antwerp with kids? Check out the interesting Red Star Line museum and book a room in b&b Koto.