Antwerp à la carte

The exhibition “Antwerp à la carte” presents the history of the City of Antwerp through culinary glasses. It does not focus on political events, economic theories or artistic trends. Instead it focuses on the vital challenge of how cities feed an ever-growing group of city-dwellers throughout the centuries. 


Hungry mouths

Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. More than 500,000 people live in Antwerp. That is half a million mouths that have to be fed every day. How does Antwerp do this? What will we do in the future? And is that so very different than a few centuries ago?

Food shapes the city

Follow the trail of food in the city and discover how our food also influences the map of Antwerp. Saunter through markets and supermarkets, look inside inns, cafés and restaurants, be surprised by scent and art installations. Your mouth will water when you see 16th-century recipes given a new look. Peek inside old kitchens full of rare cooking utensils and discover how food has been influencing the street scene in Antwerp for centuries via paintings by Antwerp's greatest painters and contemporary photography. A vigorous exhibition that will stimulate all your senses.


Hanzestedenplaats 1

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