Brunch & Culture • Middelheim Museum
Typically, when you're in search of an inspiring, quiet thing to do on the weekend, you go to a museum or a park. But what if you could do both at the same time? The Middelheim park in the South of Antwerp is actually an outdoor museum where hundreds of sculptures are scattered across paths and trees. The perfect cultural activity on a sunny day, but not before you had some brunch. Follow me!
One of my favorite places in Antwerp for brunch is Mirlo's, a Spanish derivative of Merel, the name of the founder. It seems she and I have a thing or two in common: she's a big fan of Sex and the City, as she named her coffee specials after the series' characters, and she loves cactuses, pineapples and everything pastel. In her real life Pinterest board interior, she serves great breakfast and a myriad of delicious drinks. This is the kind of place that feels very personal and authentic and that's why it's such a success I guess. So be sure to make a reservation!
After brunch, head South of the city to reach the very special Middelheim Museum. What started as a one-time sculpture exhibition in a public park in the 50s, became a genuine open-air museum with more than 200 sculptures ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to now. Whether you fancy classic sculptures of full-figured women or contemporary pieces, there are all kinds of art styles to discover during your walk. And you can learn all about them on the free app you downloaded thanks to the museum's WiFi!
But that's not all. The park also houses a few architectural gems. Next to the castle that serves as the centerpiece of the park, there are two contemporary pavilions that were designed by Renaat Braem and Architecten Robberecht & Daem. So, green surroundings, fresh air, art, architecture... the Middelheim Museum really offers a complete experience where everyone can enjoy himself. And did I mention the entrance is free?
How to get there:
The easiest way to enjoy this day trip is by car, as the museum is located outside the city center. You can first park on the Vlaamse Kaai for free to go to Mirlo's. Afterwards, drive South for about 10 minutes to reach the museum where parking is free too.