Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a long weekend off and decided to go explore one of Belgium’s most creative big cities — Antwerp.
Antwerp is one of those cities in which you can just stroll around all day, exploring alleys you have never been before and discovering new pop-up shops, design stores, fashion galleries and… vegan hotspots!
Every time I visit Antwerp, there seems to have emerged another new veg-friendly bar. Love it. Veganism is growing, folks! Power to the plants!
One of the restaurants we visited was Wild Antwerp. I’m getting all excited again even by just writing about it — the food was so yummy! Wild is located in the Grote Pieter Potstraat, near the Ernest van Dijckkaai at the Schelde and is only a five-minute walk away from the Groenplaats. The restaurant is an initiative from the Wild Project, which is an Antwerp-based food and art collective, focusing on locally grown vegetarian mediterranean food. In the beginning of January they decided to open a restaurant, with which they want to create an environment where people can enjoy vegetarian food as well as exchange ideas and explore their creativity in a home-like space. Sounds much like something I’ve always dreamed of doing :)
The Wild collective describes their space as “a place where you can feel like at home” — and they’re being true.
As we entered their cosy restaurant, we were welcomed by one of the managers, a young woman radiating with energy. Some nice jazz music was playing in the background and added to the relaxed home-like atmosphere. As it was freezing cold outside, we took a seat beside the heater and had a look at their menu. YES, vegan quiche! I had been longing for quiche for a while, but found myself too lazy to make one myself so this was the perfect occasion to satisfy my hunger. The quiche was all homemade from scratch, with a salty crust and a filling made of organic tofu and swiss chard. I also ordered an “antioxidant” juice made of broccoli, pear and ginger. I like. My boyfriend had the “winterfight” tea, which was made of orange juice, ginger, cinnamon and lemon. He also ordered the pesto and goat cheese sandwich. Classic lunch, but de-lish!
From February onwards, the Wild collective will also start organizing Italian dinners on Friday evenings. The first menu is now online, and it looks promising! You can find out all about it on their website Wild Project Antwerp.
Wild Antwerp, Grote Pieter Potstraat 21, 2000 Antwerpen. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesdays.