Top quality restaurants have always been a good excuse to travel. Whether it be journeying to the British seaside in search of the best fish and chips or further afield to say, one of the best restaurants in the world, TripAdvisor is a great help in pointing us towards some seriously good grub.
And there’s one European city a three-hour train ride away that’s home to one such restaurant. If you are the kind of person that is excited about going to the best restaurants in the world and would be willing to travel to see what the fuss is about, then you might want to think about booking a Eurostar to Belgium.
The Belgian city of Antwerp was announced to have the fifth best restaurant in the world according to TripAdvisor. The historic city is well known for its beautiful architecture, grandiose buildings, stunning outdoor markets and plazas but it can now add being a culinary powerhouse as a feather in its cap.
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The Jane is described as a “chic eatery in an ex-chapel with soaring ceilings, a glassed-in kitchen & high-concept plates,” and acts as a great excuse for gourmands to have a mini break.
Come for the food but stay for the city’s grand baroque squares, art nouveau avenues, cracking museums and shopping. Antwerp is the centre of the European diamond trade so expect to see a few jewellery shops while you walk the city’s many pedestrianised areas.
As a true Belgian city, the high streets and pedestrian areas are dotted with chocolatiers, waffle houses, patisseries and tap houses serving a variety of Belgian beers. Go antiquing on Kloosterstraat, visit the city’s Latin Quarter to discover a bunch of boutiques and vintage shops or hop over to Het Zuid to take a look at local artwork and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and photo-museum, FOMO.
You can visit the house of Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th century Flemish Baroque painter, many of whose paintings now hang in the Queen’s gallery at Buckingham Palace. Head to Grote Markt in the heart of the old centre of Antwerp, with most of the main historic sites just a few minutes’ walk away.
Eurostar’s website describes the square as “a stunning example of a typical Flemish town square, a cobblestone plaza lined with medieval step-roofed houses with the town hall on one side and a fountain in the middle.” Antwerp is ripe for a city break over a long week as it can be easily reached with a trip via the Eurostar or tunnel.
How to get there
The key to cheap travel on Eurostar is booking in advance. You can get tickets as cheap as £39 from London to Brussels if you plan well ahead of when you want to travel, otherwise costs go up significantly. The trip from London St Pancras to Brussels takes two hours, then a 45-minute train from the Belgian capital to Antwerp.
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