Taking tea in Belgium
While walking through Antwerp on a Sunday evening we spotted the Imperial Cafe. The menu looked very inviting, well the selection of tea time offerings convinced us to visit later in the week.
We ordered a tea time selection and it was all beautifully served. Deciding which single estate tea to drink did take a little while but it was worth the intellectual effort when it arrived.
A Belgian chocolate experience
We looked forward to trying our first Belgian chocolates made and served in Belgium. However, we had coca-cola flavoured and curry and saffron flavoured chocolates. Both were very different to any chocolate we had tried before! The coca-cola one fizzed like fizzy sweets from childhood and the curry flavour was mild but noticeable.
The chocolate did have a lovely smooth silky consistency though!
Heritage plus cafe
We wanted to visit Cafe Horta because of its place in Antwerp’s architectural heritage. It’s reputation as a great cafe may have influenced us too!
Cafe Horta was built from recovered iron work from buildings designed by Horta. The iron work was nearly lost to a scrapyard but happily has a new life as a cafe.
Horta was an Art Deco architect and sadly not all of his work survives. I hope to visit the Horta Museum next time I go to Belgium.
Last month saw myself and a fellow cafe addict in Antwerp.
Coffee is different here
Our first cafe experience was disappointing as it was a lovely cafe but the coffee was from a push button machine like you find in garages here. We kept trying and found coffee in Belgium is slightly different to the Italian style coffee we are used to in Britain. We did not try the local version with cream as we both prefer coffee towards the bitter end of the taste spectrum, so it was a voyage of coffee discovery!
Yum on the way to MUHKA
Walking to the contemporary art gallery, MUHKA, we stopped at a small cafe in a square. This was Cafe Lindts and we had a lovely cup of coffee and with some small cakes gratis from their bakery. In Antwerp there’s a great choice of food and drink and it’s worth looking for what you like!