The reason for mentioning a less-traffic-ed town like Turnhout may be that it is supported by expense accounts for nearby big-Pharma plants. I'm worried about Pandemic losses, but it used to have a nice restaurant culture, all walkable from the main square. Train station not too far away. Good pancake house on way from train station,
Recommended by Hostellerie Ter Driezen, 2009:
Bistro Boogaers Grote Markt 67 (passage Groenendaal x-Su,M 18:00-22:00). High-end. Tel. 014 41 57 48
Marché 17 (x Sun, Hol) Grote Markt 17 - GPS N 51:19.331, E 4:57.128
Cucina Maragon, Patersstraat 9
Il Vicoletto (Venetian, also Pizza) (Bloemenkensgang - Grote Markt 30 passageway opposite altar end of St. Peter's)
Lorrie (... did he mean Lo Zio, Herentalsstraat 5, Italian)
De oude hesp (Closed permanently)
De Weerelt, Warandestraat 17-19
Bistro Het Meulderke, Cash Only? Steenweg Op Mol 40 lat="51.321438" lon="4.961399" (x Mon dinner and Tues) 0475-87-38-83 French steaks presented for inspection before grilling. This was quite a special, but informal/family, meal.
Cucina Maragon, Patersstraat 9. In Den Spytighen Duvel Otterstraar 99. Renowned pub with 150 beers. The informal restaurant-cafe at the left corner of Grote Markt (Town Hall side) is quite good for the location, and has great photos of old Turnhout on the walls. Toilets way upstairs, not remotely handicapped accessible. Just outside town: Restaurant Savoury, (x Mon, Tue) Steenweg op Antwerpen 106 32 (0) 14 45 12 45 Gourmet estate, on the way to big Pharma, just walkable. Vin perdu - Stwg op Mol 114. Burch Hetocht Jan, 2360 Oud-Turnhout
Lazuli Winebar/Resto Koningin Elisabethlei 11S (18:00-22, x-Tu,We) Lo Zio (Italian) also Bloemkensgang with Il Vicoletto. Janssen/Beerse business entertaining, walkable (towards Turnhout) from plant: De Farmasie, Antwerpsteenweg 223, 2350 Vosselaar. There is a promising-looking old-style cafeteria (lunch only) on a walking-street near Warande, but I need to get the address.
Useful Turnhout Information-Best Western side of town but across train tracks DO NOT STAY AT BEST WESTERN!:
Note RR grade crossings both South ("Grote Reiziger" ["Big Solo", 1999] rock sclupture by Paul Gees) and North (Guldensporenlei)
Carrefour GB Korte Gasthuisstraat 38 (supermarket x-Sun, 9AM-8PM) lat="51.320668" lon="4.944796"
Het Wafelhuis Victoriestraat 47 (excellent-Tim) lat="51.320998" lon="4.943313" The real thing, very good.
Other coffee shops near Wafelhuis-passage to tiny mall on town parking lot "le Bon"
Excellent tiny Beguinhof with museum and old-folks home with public coffee and cake shop.
Famous Playing Card Museum
Excellent "town museum."
Look for old milkmaid license cards posted on wall at most prominent restaurant beside Town Hall, to left.
Turnhout TI - Tourist Information: Grote Markt 44
Market day: Saturday mornings in "Parking Stadspark" during Grote Markt construction-20 minute walk South
Flea Market Sunday morning [MUST CHECK!] by the Warande Cultural Center (West of Castle,
St. Peter's Church (Grote Markt) has superb wood carvings: Pulpit and Choir Stalls-each seat is different. Zodiac, Trades, etc.
Multiple-war monument, just off Grote Markt on Zegeplein. Restaurant area too.
Bus ticket (LIJN) office inside Town Hall (great Art Deco lobby). Long, slow lines for ticket counter.
Lovely UNESCO WHS Begijnhof (free 7AM-10PM), with museum (not free, 2-5 T-Sat, 11-5 Sun). Begijnstraat 61.
Castle of Dukes of Brabant (Courthouse-cannot visit inside) "Najade" ("Naiad"1991) by Rik Poot sculpture in moat.
Nearby sculpture for kids, "De Bronzen Ad"
Other posters have suggested that Leuven and Ghent have very affordable restaurants, student budgets keep the prices down. Haven't eaten in those towns, nor in Bruges (daytripped twice from Antwerp.)