We went to take a look at PAKT, based in a series of former industrial warehouses next to the neighborhood of ‘t Groen Kwartier in Antwerp. The site was transformed in, and we quote, ‘a hotspot for entrepreneurs and urban farmers who nourish the heart of Antwerp with creativity and culinary experiments.’ That’s a mouthful.
Years ago, the old warehouses were the location for obscure underground parties. Now they house a whole bunch of sustainable and creative enterprises. On the roof there is some serious farming going on with Bram and Sjarel from CSA farm De Volle Grond. The whole thing looks a bit like Brooklyn-in-Antwerp and is a welcome addition to a city that can feel too polished in some areas.
We were hungry and decided to try the sourdough pizza made by Standard.
They come fresh out of the wood oven, topped with surprising things like pickled onion and kale (but also spicy salami, if you fancy that). Veggies and herbs are sourced on the roof of PAKT and are all organically grown. You can also score some excellent salads with burrata, quinoa or halloumi and yes, they serve delicious homemade ice-tea. Tip: they also do take out.
Do try their quinoasandwiches and salads, and don’t forget the bread of bakery Toon de Klerck. On the menu are also cold pressed juices, lots of tea, organic wines and of course coffee by Caffenation, who have their new roastery and bar on site as well.
Kasserol is the place where the Groene Foodtruck has settled down. In the lunchbar a cosy mix of mothers, students and curious folk from the neighborhood eat their way through the menu. In the same space there is a small farm shop with organic produce from their own farm and the roof of PAKT.
That roof has made us very curious by now. We’ll be back in spring.
Fancy more cool tips for Antwerp? Head over to the great Red Star Line museum and make sure you don’t miss the Unesco protected Museum Plantin-Moretus.