Category Archives: Antwerp

Het Pomphuis

The famous quote “location, location, location” definitely applies to het Pomphuis. This unique piece of history is located in Antwerp’s harbour, which has been the biggest harbour of Europe for centuries. The early 20th century construction has been used as a pump house for decades, draining water from the next door dry-dock where large vessels were repaired. Het Pomphuis (Flemish for “pump house”) has been there since 2002 and offers breathtaking views of the river “De Schelde” and all harbour activities. They did a truly amazing job at turning the old pump house into a classy restaurant whilst preserving all industrial elements – even in the restrooms! The dining room feels exceptionally spacious with huge windows and 30 foot high ceilings. The basement, which is visible from the main floor, still holds three authentic pumps. Amidst all this historical heritage, your food just tastes so much better! Don’t expect hearty Belgium food however; the portions at Het Pomphuis are small in size with complex mixtures of ingredients and a matching price tag. This is not a restaurant for cosy family gatherings or a casual Belgian beer; it is however the perfect place for special occasions, business lunches or a posh & elegant dining experience.

 

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Lombardia

When in Antwerp and looking for a healthy meal, Lombardia is the answer. It’s an all biological restaurant that serves gluten, lactose free and biological dishes. More than 80% of their menu is vegetarian. But not to worry. Your vegetarian salad is much more than some lettuce, tomato and mayonaise. Expect a plate full of nuts, seeds and at least ten species of vegetables and sprouts. Tip: the Lombardia breakfast is divine and superhealthy! Don’t forget to try their famous ginger tea. And all of this in the midst of Antwerp’s refined shopping area ‘Wilde Zee’ (wild sea), where you’ll find exclusive delicatessen and cosy coffee bars. With a visit to Lombardia you will enter in the footsteps of Moby, who eats and drinks at Lombardia regularly.

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