Eilandje has been transformed from an old and unfashionable port district into a hip and trendy neighbourhood. Photo: @raflenaerts/Instagram
Eilandje has been transformed from an old and unfashionable port district into a hip and trendy neighbourhood. Photo: @raflenaerts/Instagram

The other side of Antwerp: Eilandje is one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Europe thanks to its Zaha Hadid-designed Havenhuis and trendy dining scene, but the old Belgium port was once a no-go area

  • Eilandje is located in the north of Antwerp and the old port has seen warehouses and storage buildings converted into cultural centres, trendy restaurants and luxury lofts over the past decade
  • The Museum aan de Stroom houses the city’s cultural collections and true to its maritime roots, the headquarters of the Port Authority, Zaha Hadid-designed Havenhuis, resembles the hull of a ship

Eilandje has been transformed from an old and unfashionable port district into a hip and trendy neighbourhood. Photo: @raflenaerts/Instagram
Eilandje has been transformed from an old and unfashionable port district into a hip and trendy neighbourhood. Photo: @raflenaerts/Instagram
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