In Grote Markt, there’s no shortage of traditional Belgian spots serving staples like mussels and stoofvlees (Flemish beef and beer stew), but the more dynamic dining scenes are found beyond the medieval center. To the north, the formerly seedy port area of Eilandje—now home to the MAS and Red Star Line Museum—has seen trendy cafes, restaurants, and bars popping up in formerly derelict harbor-front buildings. A 20-minute walk south of Grote Markt, the Zuid district, known for its plethora of art and antiques galleries, is blossoming as a hip dining destination.


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