Appelmans is one of the trendiest brasseries in the city. Inside a 19th century building, Appelmans is beautifully decorated, combining the old and the modern – gorgeous photographs of the cathedral hang on the brick walls. It has always looked very inviting to me from the narrow street right in the center of Antwerp and it definitely provides a nice gastronomic option.
The restaurant/brasserie opened in 2004 and is named after Pieter Appelmans, one of the architects of the “Onze Lieve Vrouw” cathedral. Since its opening it enjoys immense popularity among not only tourists but also locals. The menu is mostly based on Belgian dishes and remains quite authentic despite the popularity.
Hidden in the building you’ll also find the Absinthe bar and the Private Bar, located on the second and third floor. The cocktail & spirits bars are masterly designed with lots of eye for details and a wooden decor to give you a cozy feeling. Absinthe bar gets the name from the popularity of the drink during the time that the edifice was built. If you’re curious or into the mystic drink, this is the place for you. Also if you just like the colour green, various choices of delicious cocktails, gin or tapas – all reasons why I for one love this place.
On Fridays and Saturdays there are DJs who take care of the right music for your night out. It doesn’t turn into a club all of a sudden, but rest assured your mood will be elevated.