In and around the Eilandje neighbourhood

Magnets for tourists and residents

The MAS towers above the hippest hotspot in Antwerp: the Eilandje. After visiting the museum you can saunter next to the water, just like on a sea dyke. Discover this lively neighbourhood, its countless activities and flourishing restaurants and pubs.

The pavilions

The MAS is in good company. Right next to the museum there are three pavilions that show how multifaceted Antwerp really is.

  1. Discover the port of Antwerp in the Port Pavilion.
  2. Looking for an exclusive gift or souvenir of the MAS? Take a look at the MASshop. It is much more than an average giftshop!


Terraces, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs

  • Stroll between the docks and seek refreshment in a pub with a Belgian beer.
  • Looking for a meal or a snack? High-quality hamburger restaurants and eateries will satisfy your desires.
  • You dream of dining with your head in the clouds? Reserve a table in the two-star restaurant ’t Zilte on the ninth floor of the MAS and enjoy exclusive views of Antwerp.
  • Café Storm, at the ground floor of the museum, is the ideal place to meet before or after visiting the museum. In the summer the terrace is very popular with sun worshippers.
  • Night owls feel right at home with a few nightclubs within walking distance.

Look for a restaurant in Antwerp that suits your taste and your budget.


On a trip with the Red Star Line

The Red Star Line Museum presents a moving story and it’s only a stone’s throw away from the MAS. The museum opened in 2013 and immediately drew masses of visitors.

Undertake an eventful journey in the footsteps of thousands of emigrants looking for the Promised Land. Become acquainted with the passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village to the port of Antwerp, from where they sailed to New York.

For children, there is a whole suitcase full of items that guides them through the museum. They will not easily forget this museum visit.


Horse around with the kids in Park Spoor Noord

The vast grassy plain of the popular Park Spoor Noord is only a 10-minute walk away from the MAS. It’s the ideal spot for a picnic, barbecue or round of kubb.

Cargo Zomerbar, which is open from April to September, is located in the hangar of the park. It’s a great place to relax in a chaise longue with a mojito.

Cargo is also a great place for children. They can splash in the fountains or play in the playground and you can fill their hungry bellies with original and budget-friendly dishes.

Refreshment in two remarkable swimming pools



You can take a refreshing dip in a floating swimming pool. The water is at the same level as the water in the dock so it feels like you’re swimming in the Scheldt River.

You can dry off on the large deck and after an hour of swimming you can sunbathe on one of the terraces at the top.


Veldstraat swimming pool

Those who want to swim in a stylish setting can swim 33-metre laps in the Veldstraat swimming pool. This pool from 1933 was restored to its original state.

You’ve trained enough? Calm down in the adjacent bathhouse. It includes:

  • two herbal baths
  • cold plunge bath
  • hot water bath
  • relaxation area, small swimming pool
  • Turkish bath
  • a gymnasium-dance hall

Surf to the website of the swimming and steam bath centre Sportoase Veldstraat.


Go aboard for a short or long tour of the port

Has the panorama from the roof of the MAS piqued your interest in the port of Antwerp? Then why not explore the port from the water. Go aboard at London Bridge and sail through the port of Antwerp on the Flandria boat.

There is a pancake boat for the children. They can eat their fill of fresh pancakes for one whole hour during a tour on the Scheldt River.


Barbecue with a view

In the bend of the Scheldt River, at the Kattendijksluis, there is a permanently installed barbecue unit. It’s ideal for those without a garden or anyone visiting Antwerp.

Bring your own charcoal and meat and use the communal barbecue. Get cosy on a blanket in the grass or next to the Scheldt River, open a bottle of wine and enjoy a beautiful sunset above the water.


Surprising vessels on the water

As a port city, Antwerp welcomes lots of impressive boats and large cruise ships. You’ll have a first-class view of them on the Scheldt River quays.