’s Het Zuid neighborhood is one of the city’s most trendy areas. Het Zuid, meaning ‘the south’, has been an upcoming area since being revived in the 1980s. Now, the neighborhood offers visitors dozens of monuments, museums, galleries and shops, not to mention mouth-watering restaurants to boot. Here are our favorites.
Bistro, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Il Magnifico is an Italian bistro that has been in business for 70 years and has provided Antwerp’s Het Zuid locals with mouthwatering dishes since first opening its doors. Il Magnifico has a modest ambiance with Italian-themed paintings on the walls. Don’t miss the grilled octopus, ravioli with tomato sauce, cucumbers and herbs, or the linguini with half pesto sauce and half pecorino scampi sauce.
Address: Il Magnifico, Waalsekaai 53, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 238 04 74
Brasserie Bizie Lizie
Brasserie, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
Brasserie Bizie Lizie
Brasserie Bizie Lizie is a stylish yet warm and cozy restaurant located in Antwerp’s Het Zuid. The restaurant has four very different dining rooms, letting visitors choose which type of atmosphere they would prefer, whether it is an ethnic chic feel, trendy silver mirrors or classic cozy woods. The restaurant is well known for its modern take on Belgian and French cuisine. Try the fish soup with garlic toast and rouille, beef carpaccio with parmesan, or the cod fillet; they are all fantastic!
Address: Brasserie Bizie Lizie, Vlaamsekaai 16, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 238 61 97
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Visitors looking for an alternative to Belgian food should look no further than Lucy Chang’s. This centrally located restaurant is known for its delicious Chinese cuisine. The décor is Asian-inspired with traditional tapestries adorning the walls and statues of Buddha scattered throughout the rooms. Don’t miss the rice noodle soup with chicken and prawns, wok-fried Asian vegetables with oyster sauce, or the Laos sesame chicken salad.
Address: Lucy Chang, Marnixplaats 16, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 248 95 60
Bistro, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
This charming bistro is known for serving some of the best food in Antwerp’s Het Zuid. Wijnbistro Patine is French-inspired with antique wooden tables, silver serving dishes and glass plates. The restaurant’s old-fashioned ambiance is reminiscent of a classic French home, while the menu is also French but with an international twist, with suggested wine pairings for every dish. Try the veal empanadas or the pumpkin soup; they are both delicious!
Address: Wijnbistro Patine, Leopold de Waelstraat 1, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 257 09 19
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
Offering arguably the best Mediterranean cuisine in Antwerp’s Het Zuid, Finjan is the ideal restaurant for daytime and late night cravings alike. Sit outside and enjoy the streets of Het Zuid, or inside in Finjan’s large dining room, decorated with expansive windows and antique Middle Eastern lamps and bowls. The restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean dishes such as falafel, pita bread and shawarma, making it a great option for vegetarians.
Address: Finjan, Graaf van Hoornestraat 1, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 248 77 14
This Japanese establishment is well known for its delicious sushi and Japanese fare. Umami’s ambiance is Asian with a modern edge. Beautiful lanterns of all different sizes hang from the ceiling and there is a large tropical plant situated in the center of the joint. Try the salmon sashimi, mango monkey roll or the Umami Oysters for a real treat. Delicious.
Address: Umami, Luikstraat 6, Antwerpen, Belgium, +32 3 237 39 78