It use to be difficult to find a good Antwerp breakfast or a good place for breakfast in Belgium. Belgians just did not eat out that early. Maybe because you end up paying for breakfast almost as much as for a dinner -- with beverages you can budget at least 20 - 25 euro per person.
But things have changed, and all though there is still no sign of eggs Benedict, eggs florentine or egg white omelette with sweet grilled red peppers and goat cheese (oh Easy Rider on Queen Street West in TO how I miss you!) ... quite a few trendy Antwerp breakfast places have sprung especially in the general south area of the Museum of Fine Arts.
And with the training of new baristas the quality coffee has improved tenfold.
Enjoy breakfast, delicious coffees with healthy snacks, candies and "aperitiefjes" from 9 - 18. They also do take out or take a newspaper or magazine to read and linger around as you sip their yummy latte with cinnamon and honey or fresh shakes. If you stay long enough it could be time for lunch and then you could order the and famous 100 % beef burger for 6.50 euro.
You can get a Healthy breakfast for € 10.00 at this new lunch and soup bar in the Volksstraat. € 4,50 for a small breakfast, € 9 for a large breakfast and € 10 for a healthy breakfast with fresh fruit lettuce, bioyoghurt, muesli, verse fruit juice, coffee or tea. Overall a very beautiful establishment the rolls are absolutely delicious. The terrace is rather rudimentary: a long blank painted wooden bank with some tables and chairs.
Try this for a quick breakfast bite -- mostly sandwiches or muffins. This has been our favorite coffee place for years. Alternative decor and nice garden patio in the back make it a great place to relax. They use a House Blend, an Anfim Barista grinder and La Marzocco Linea machine.
A typical and very popular breakfast chain is Le Pain Quotidien. It's pricey but cozy and serves a variety of breads made on the premises. Typically the breakfasts here consists of breads, toasted or untoasted, with several marmalades, jams, and nut spreads. Other common toppings include sliced meats and cheeses. Pastries and croissants may be served on Sundays, but are mostly not eaten on weekdays. Breakfast is usually accompanied by coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, or fresh juice.
Lange Kievitstraat 107
For more locations in Belgium: http://www.lepainquotidien.be