As its name suggest, Zuid is a district of Antwerp that lies south of the historic city center; currently enjoying a moment in the fickle flame of immense popularity, its wide boulevards crammed with on-trend clubs, bars, breweries and restaurants as well as small, stylish independent boutiques. Zuid’s carefully planned grid of streets were laid out in the late 1870s and the dock facilities on the River Scheldt were expanded southwards at the same time. When the docks became redundant, the district was virtually mothballed and fell from favor before being rediscovered in the 1980s as Antwerp saw a resurgence in her fortunes as a fashion and diamond center. Today Zuid has a several dramatic public monuments around its streets and piazzas, and a scattering of handsome Art Nouveau buildings; it is home to the Fotomuseum (FoMu) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) plus the city’s striking new law courts on the site of the former docks.
Easily accessible via walking from Antwerp’s city center.