Quality restaurants have always been a good excuse to travel. Whether traveling 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 huge help in pointing us towards some very good dishes.
And there’s a European city three hours away by train that’s home to such a restaurant. If you are the type of person who is enthusiastic about going to the best restaurants in the world and would be willing to travel to see what it’s all about, then you might want to consider booking a Eurostar to Belgium.
The Belgian city of Antwerp has been announced as having the fifth best restaurant in the world according to TripAdvisor. The historic city is well known for its beautiful architecture, grand buildings, stunning open-air markets and plazas, but now it can add being a culinary powerhouse like a feather in its cap.
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The Jane is described as a “chic restaurant in a former chapel with high ceilings, glass-encased kitchen and high-level plating”, and is a great excuse for foodies to take 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 center of the European diamond trade, so expect to see a few jewelers as you stroll through the city’s many pedestrian areas.
As a true Belgian city, the main streets and pedestrian areas are dotted with chocolatiers, waffle irons, patisseries and tapas serving a variety of Belgian beers. Go antiquing on Kloosterstraat, visit the city’s Latin Quarter for a slew of vintage boutiques and shops, or pop into Het Zuid to check out local art and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the photography museum, FOMO.
You can visit the home of Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th century Flemish Baroque painter, many of whose paintings are now on display in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Head to Grote Markt in the heart of the old center of Antwerp, with most of the main historical sites within walking distance.
Eurostar’s website describes the square as “a stunning example of a typical Flemish town square, a cobbled square lined with stepped-roofed medieval houses with the town hall to one side and a fountain in the middle” . Antwerp is ripe for a week long city break as it is easily accessible with a trip via the Eurostar or the tunnel.
How to get there
The key to cheap Eurostar travel is to book in advance. You can get tickets as cheap as £39 from London to Brussels if you plan well in advance when you want to travel, otherwise the costs increase dramatically. The journey from London St Pancras to Brussels takes two hours, then a 45-minute train ride from the Belgian capital to Antwerp.
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