I’ve been grounded for almost five months and I’m itching to travel again! With the baby, our trips need to be short and easy, so I’m looking at cities within a short train ride from Amsterdam.
One of them is Antwerp, where Marlon and I went last year for a half-day trip. That just wasn’t enough to fully explore this beautiful, design-savvy city, and I’d love to return. When I do, I’ll make it a point to stop by this month’s brunch place, recommended by guest blogger Noortje Emmerink of Peppermint, who has lived and worked in Antwerp as a fashion designer and stylist.
Although I only met Noortje very briefly at the Meet the Blogger last year, it’s easy to keep in touch with someone in blogland. I’ve kept up with Noortje’s blog because of her eye for design, cool and colorful style and fun, light feel.
True to her style, she’s chosen a place that’s as cool, colorful, fun and light as her blog. Find out what it is, after the jump!
Whether you want to have breakfast, lunch or a really good piece of pie – Jam has it all! This small, cozy eatery is situated in the Historical Centre of Antwerp, only five minutes from the Groenplaats on foot.
About one year ago, this restaurant changed owners. The interior was made over, but the food stayed more or less the same. They are featured in the UK book “Where Chefs Eat”, which really says it all—no nonsense, fresh food, served in a vintage setting by really friendly people. To me, this place is typical Antwerp: the atmosphere, the design, the food ánd the drinks.
I met up with a friend for brunch at Jam. We both ordered a sandwich with cheese and homemade mayo-mustard, with homemade ice tea on the side. We kept it simple this time to save room for a piece of pie, but we are definitely going back to try other dishes, like the sandwich with feta and hummus. Their food makes you wonder: if they can make something this simple taste this good, just how good will their other dishes taste?!
From the moment I walked in, I kept lurking at the pies on the counter. So, for dessert we shared a nut pie and a cheesecake and they did not disappoint!
Both pies tasted homemade, but they are actually from a bakery called Les Tartes de Francoise. The bread pudding is homemade though, and is very yummy too! We left with a full and satisfied belly.
Open Thursday to Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.