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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Chic and Cheap in Antwerp


2. Where to Eat

From left, industrial-chic décor in the lounge at Lux and in the dining room.  

Lux offers one of the Flanders region's best and most expensive dinners, but you can sample chef Bert Zaman’s food with the $30 prix fixe lunch and comped glass of wine. Housed in a former Polish Shipping Company’s warehouse in the gentrifying Docklands neighborhood, the grand space has Belgian marble and rich wood paneling, a design that kicked off Antwerp’s industrial-chic revival in 2003.

You can see the Muntplein, a dedicated street-art space, from the giant picture window of the casual, new Brasserie Populaire (Sint Paulusplaats 011-32-32-34-17-97 ). Gnaw on cheap, overstuffed Flemish sandwiches and pasta ($6–$13) while admiring the work of local graffiti artists like Apetown. There’s a terrace, too, but the spray-paint fumes can be a hazard.

Just east of a trendy strip of Pan-Asian lounges in Docklands is Muro Turks Eethuis, a relaxing and recently refurbished grill that whips up Anatolian specialties like ground-lamb-stuffed eggplant, chicken pitas, and crispy Turkish pizzas. The Turkish staff doesn’t speak much English, but they mix stiff drinks and are eager to please.

Published on Jan 31, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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