As well as a plethora of chic eateries, Het Zuid boasts several dramatic public monuments and a scattering of handsome art nouveau buildings. Art lovers can explore the Fotomuseum (FoMu) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, while those interested in architecture are sure to admire the ultramodern law courts, which are characterized by a roof that rises into jagged peaks. Travelers can visit Het Zuid as part of a bike tour, which provides first-time visitors with a stress-free overview of the cycle-friendly city.
Things to Know Before You Go
Het Zuid is a great neighborhood for people watching and café hopping.
Converted warehouses in Het Zuid house concept stores and hip restaurants serving gourmet cuisine.
Wide boulevards and even streets make Het Zuid easy to get around in a wheelchair.
How to Get There
From the historic center of Antwerp, you can reach Het Zuid on foot in around 15 minutes. Walking from Green Square (Groenplaats) along the Scheldt River offers a great overview of Antwerp architecture due to the art nouveau buildings that line the waterfront.
When to Get There
Het Zuid is best explored during the spring and summer months, when temperatures are at their warmest and rain is less likely. Time your visit here to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the neighborhood’s popular eateries.
Culinary Delights in Zuid
Het Zuid is renowned for its restaurants, which serve both Belgian classics and cutting-edge cuisine. Start by sampling some of Belgium’s famous fries, which you can enjoy smothered in mayonnaise or truffle oil. Then, for dessert, find a cute café to tryAntwerpse handjes, hand-shaped chocolates and cookies that refer to the local legend of a giant.
- Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA)
- Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA)
- FoMu (FotoMuseum)
- ModeMuseum (MoMu)
- Plantin-Moretus Museum
- Grand Market Place (Grote Markt van Antwerpen)
- Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
- Butcher's Hall (Vleeshuis)
- De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery
- Diamond District
- Central Station
- Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
- Brabo Fountain