I love a good brunch. When I lived in London it was my favourite thing to do on a Sunday. You can get out of bed whenever you please, make your way to your favourite brunch spot, choose between sweet or savoury and stay and chat at your little table for hours. There's nothing more relaxing. Up until now, I hadn't found a brunch spot in Antwerp which I loved. But now I've found my brunch fix in Antwerp at Barchel. And they serve food all day, so there's really no excuse why you shouldn't try their (already) famous poached eggs on flatbread.
Barchel is located in a slightly random street, not far from the Stadspark and the National Bank, so you'll mostly find Antwerp locals here.
Literally everything at Barchel has a very high Pinterest level. It's really an Instagram lover's dream. I love when a lot of attention has been paid to the small details!
The menu is compact but it has everything you could dream of when choosing the perfect brunch. In the end, I chose the Halloumi Bagel with guacamole, sour cream and tomatoes with a little side salad. My brunch mate chose the flatbread with smashed avocado, feta, pomegranate and poached eggs. This is probably Barchel's best seller because I've seen it all over Instagram!
Let's take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these plates...
This bagel was absolutely perfect. Creamy and fresh guacamole, some good olive oil, meaty tomatoes, tangy sour cream and salty grilled halloumi. This is such a great combo yummm!
Although I didn't try the poached egg flatbreads (I can't remember the last time I ate eggs so I'm not sure I'd like it) but apparently it was really tasty too.
It was one of those crisp sunny autumn days, so we sat outside (also because it was packed inside, which explains why I didn't take photos inside) in the sun which was just lovely. I'm not sure how long the sun shines on this spot but I can highly recommend sitting outside.
Although we had eaten quite enough, we simply couldn't resist the sweets, I mean just look at this display...
Yummy forest fruit cake with a soy flat white for me and a soy Americano for my friend.
I really love this place. Everything from the interior to the napkins to the glasses to the food is done so tastefully and appealing. They really put in maximum effort and you can really notice it in every detail. The food is simply delicious, there's nothing I would change (and I don't say this often.)
Now who wants to go with me? I need an excuse to go back ASAP ;)
>> Van Bréestraat 6, Antwerpen - Open all day - from morning coffee to after-work cocktails