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Nearly 30 years of culinary tradition TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: AF-FOTOGRAFIE, HUIS DE COLVENIER
In the very heart of Antwerp, Restaurant Huis De Colvenier has long served much more than its classic French menu: head chef Patrick Vanherck takes his guests on a journey of culinary goodness, wine, and hospitality. It is something you notice straight upon entering: Huis De Colvenier is not your regular restaurant. Every guest is personally received by owner and head chef Vanherck, after which they are invited into the kitchen to take a sneak peek inside the pots and pans. With heavenly scents still in mind, guests are then taken downstairs into the majestic wine cellar and bar. You can literally get lost in the underground labyrinth of paths and alcoves, allowing you to truly discover more than 20,000 bottles of wine. You enjoy your aperitif in their midst, surrounded by wines from every corner of the world. On to your table, which may be set in a fresco-immersed dining room or the green garden. Prefer a more classical setting? The re-
naissance rooms boasting ornate chandeliers and a stately fireplace transport you to bygone times. The menu displays classic and traditional French-Belgian dishes, with delicacies such as langoustines, foie gras, and lamb as the house staples. Huis De Colvenier often serves as a backdrop for events of all sorts. The menu can be fully tailored to individual preferences, and the festivities take place in the most beautiful setting possible: the candlelit, cosy cellar. The best part is, after your delicious dinner or glass of wine in the cellar, you do not have to head home: you can complete a perfect evening of wining and dining by spending the night in a beautiful hotel room in Huis De Colvenier.
Your home away from home Bed Star Line B&B proves that there is actually a place like home. Located in the beautiful historic part of Antwerp, this monumental bed and breakfast is the ideal starting point to explore the city – and a cosy spot to come home to after a long day of sightseeing. The goodness begins upon arrival: hostess Lisa welcomes all guests with a cold glass of Cava and is ready to reveal the best inside tips for your weekend in Antwerp. Bed Star Line B&B boasts one suite (De Suite) and one Deluxe Apartment, both facilitated with every possible comfort including king-size beds and Wi-Fi. Want to fix yourself a quick dinner? You can in the communal space, which also hosts a charming living room. The historical elements throughout the whole building reflect the B&B’s interesting and rich past. “The building is nearly 500 years old,” owner Jacques Geense explains. “The house is protected by the government, and on the same street you will find the only remaining wooden house in Antwerp.” The B&B is located in the former Red Light District of Antwerp – there are 26 | Issue 44 | August 2017
RESTAURANT AND HOTEL HUIS DE COLVENIER www.colvenier.be www.hotelcolvenier.be www.feestzaal-antwerpen.be Facebook: www.facebook.com/ huisdecolvenier For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0032 (0)477232650 Address: Sint-Antoniusstraat,6/8, 2000 Antwerpen
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: BED STAR LINE B&B
rumours it even served as a brothel in the 17th century. Bed Star Line serves as a perfect base to discover all the touristic highlights, with the MAS, the main shopping area and the City Hall just a stone’s throw away. Jacques and Lisa know Antwerp like the back of their hands and can tell you all about the ins and outs of the city. “Small boutiques, Jazz on Monday night, worldclass restaurants; there is always something to do in Antwerp,” Geense concludes. Bed Star Line can provide guests with free rental bikes during their stay. www.bedstarline.com
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