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Antwerp by day, Bazel by night
Hofke van Bazel | Bazel (Belgium)

If you're looking for a few days of art, culture and delicious food, you'll be hard pressed to find a better destination than Antwerp. It's a little big city that's old and young and historic and contemporary all at the same time. What’s more, it’s easy to get around on foot, by bike or on public transport. And if you really want to travel in style, take the water bus. This ferry service connects the historic city centre with the docks in the north and the village of Hemiksem to the south, not far from QL Hotel Hofke van Bazel. So you can enjoy the buzzing metropolis, and at the end of the day, make your way half an hour along the river to the peace and hospitality of Hofke. 

On Bazel’s medieval church square – one of the most beautiful in Flanders – Hofke van Bazel’s Michelin-starred restaurant serves its exquisite dishes. For three years the restaurant has had its own organic herb and vegetable garden, and chef Kris De Roy and his sous-chef Sylvester Schatteman have proven that gastronomy can also be healthy. Gault&Millau have awarded Hofke van Bazel the title ‘Best vegetable restaurant in the Benelux’.

On the top floor of Hofke van Bazel is Trattoria Bazalia, a link to the Venetian roots of hostess Gina Miurin. The trattoria’s authentic Italian cuisine has won it a well-deserved Michelin Bib Gourmand. The luxury suites are romantically decorated and feature their own sitting and eating corners for private dining. Each suite, designed by the hostess herself, has something unique: a private terrace or a view of the lovely garden.


As in every city of art and culture, in Antwerp you’ll face some tough decisions – the choice is vast. We’re only too happy to help out with a tip. MAS | Museum aan de Stroom tells the story of centuries of contact between Antwerp and the rest of the world. The building itself is a stunning piece of architecture, and there’s an amazing view of the city from the tenth floor. MAS is just a 15-minute walk along the river from where the water bus moors. And of course you can always simply enjoy a walk through the city – Antwerp has plenty to offer.


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