On a Sunday afternoon, we decided to visit the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) in Antwerp. The first thing you notice is the impressive red building, designed by a Dutch architectural office. It is 10 stories high and not only has a number of galleries with permanent and temporary exhibitions, there is also the visible storage, a boulevard, and a panoramic view over Antwerp.
In order to explore more of Belgium, I decided to go to Antwerp and wander around Zurenborg, a neighbourhood in the south-east of Antwerp. A lot of houses are in Art-Nouveau style which are centered on Cogels-Osy Lei, Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat. The houses are often named and decorated with certain themes but sometimes groups of houses are combined to form a general theme. On the four corners of the Waterloostraat and Generaal Merlenstraat intersection, for example, are houses with decorations depicting the four seasons.
After a day of shopping in Antwerp, we really wanted some mussels. We looked for a place near the Grand Place and we found a perfect place outside at restaurant De Bomma, grandma´s restaurant. Here you can eat traditional Belgian dishes such as beef stew with beer, rabbit stew, sausage, …. The nice thing is that you can compose your own meal by choosing the meat you want and combine it with vegetables and some potatoes the way you want it.
After a number of very tasting dishes during recent culinary walks through Antwerp, I decided to make a reservation at Invincible in Antwerp. A three course diner has a fixed price and you always have a number of choices for each course. Some dishes require you to pay extra, but they are worth it.
On an ordinary Tuesday, I went for a culinary walk through Antwerp (organized via vizit). An entree, main course, and dessert are served in different restaurants throughout the city and when walking from restaurant to restaurant, the guide explains the history of Antwerp. The tour started at Brabo, the statue in front of city hall and continued to the meat packing house, the old prison, and a variety of small alleys and hidden spots.