Grand café Bourla sits behind the neoclassical theatre of the same name, its clientele a colourful cast of bankers and artists; shoppers and bloggers. An elegant décor – deep-red leather booths, marble-topped tables, good lighting – creates a sense of brasserie-chic zen. Belgian classics are a menu highlight: expertly prepared steaks, mussels, Flemish stews and tomato with grey shrimp – with no call for flashy presentation. Breads and cakes are exemplary and there’s an appealingly well curated list of Belgian beers. In the warmer months, tables on the terrace of this majestic Graanmarkt doyenne are in high demand and with good reason.
Graanmarkt 7, Graanmarkt, Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp