Aloha peepz! Thanks to the new job I get to spend much more time in Antwerp and instead of immediatly heading back home to my beloved Ghent (#hometowngloryalltheway) I like to go out and explore parts of Antwerp I’m not that familiar with. A couple of weeks ago I had to be in Holiday Inn Antwerp Express Antwerp City – North for a training, so it seemed like the perfect occasion to go out after work and discover the area around ‘The Little Island’ or Eilandje as we say in Flemish.
Antwerp’s oldest harbor area is surrounded by water, so the views around the docks are amazing! Although the port is not active anymore, the feeling of a port is still very much alive today.
One of the most do’s in this area is the MAS (Museam aan de Stroom). Permanent and temporary exhibitions offer a refreshing look at the city and centuries of contact with the world. As I was there after work, and the museum was about to close, we didn’t see any of the exhibitions that were on display. We did go up to the tenth floor thoughand enjoyed the amazing 360° panaromic view upon Antwerp. Entrance to the panorama is free of charge and you can enter way past closing time of the museum (doors close at 11.30 pm).
‘Het Eilandje’ is also where you need to be if you are looking for a hip and trendy restaurant. One of my personal favorites is Roest. The interior has a kind of industrial vibe, but thanks to the many plants, the restaurant feels really warm and cosy! On the menu you will find a worldly cuisine with a Belgian twist. I had the Linquini with Scampi and asparagus and it was really good! The staff is also very helpful and friendly. Roest is a fun place to hang out, also in the afternoon if you need a coffee or tea break.
However as the weather was really nice I wanted to go to Bocadero for dinner this time! As from the end of May until September the Waagnatie becomes the hangout spot to get some vitamin sea and enjoy good food and cocktails. At night, Bocadero transforms into a cosy beach club with great music.
This year there are four pop-up restaurants to choose from. They all seemed like a lot of fun, but the one that is definetly standing out is Aloha Antwerp! With delicious poké bowls and pretty cocktails and mocktails from the tiki bar, they are bringing a little piece of Hawaii to Antwerp. I absolutely loved every second I spend there! The food was not only to good to be true, but also a real piece of art in terms of presentation. So why don’t I let the pictures to the talking?
I had the best ‘little afterwork vacay’ in Antwerp! The pretty views, summer vibes, cocktails and beautiful sunset really made me feel like I was on a holiday somewhere in the Mediterranean. Can’t wait for my next ‘trip’ to Bocadero!