Kabas Hostel: An Eco-Friendly Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium

The colorful and inviting bookshelf at Kabas Hostel. Take a book, leave a book.

Kabas Hostel is an eco-friendly hostel in Antwerp, Belgium. It's cheap budget accomodation, and most importantly, there are chickens. Eco-friendly Kabas Hostel is in our opinion, the best hostel in Antwerp, Belgium! Read our hostel review for more.

There are many different kinds of hostels: some hostels feel like college dorms; some feel like futuristic pod-homes; some feel like mountain sanctuaries; a few even feel a bit like summer camp. Every budget traveler has their favorite “type” when it comes to hostels. But there’s one type of hostel that is universally loved by all: hostels that feel like home. Eco-friendly Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium is one of those rare gems of a hostel that makes you instantly feel comfortable and right at home. In our opinion, it’s one of the best hostels in Belgium.

 

Antwerp is a bustling, vibrant Belgian city and home to its fashion center. Most of the tourist sights are grouped together. Which is great, but it also makes the Old Town a little crowded. Tiny, cozy Kabas Hostel – with only 20 beds – is a great relief from this. Although it’s not in the heart of the city (like many other hostels in Antwerp) it’s just next door to a bus stop and a city bike rental spot, so you can easily get to and from where you need to be. Honestly, we found ourselves walking the 20ish minutes each way and enjoying Antwerp’s old buildings and flat, curving, cobblestone streets. Across the street from Kabas Hostel is a grocery store, which is the most convenient thing to have next to a hostel if you’re sticking to a beer and food budget. We made full use of Kabas Hostel’s generously sized kitchen and that grocery store.

Our first day at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium, we took a book down from the shelf and just sat and read. It was cozy and homey and lovely.
Our first day at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium, we took a book down from the shelf and just sat and read, all day long. It was cozy and homey and lovely.

Kabas Hostel: Our Home Away From Home in Antwerp, Belgium

As with any good hostel, it’s the little touches that make Kabas Hostel so warm and inviting. The Christmas Tree in the lounge area during the holidays. Comfy pillows at the family-style wooden dining table. A cozy lounge with a couch, beanbag chair, and comfy chair, complete with a TV and board games. A funny comic book in the bathroom. Complimentary hair dryers, towels, and breakfast. Environmentally sustainable practices that respect and protect the environment without affecting the quality of your stay. A friendly owner chock full of advice and helpful suggestions to make the most of your stay.  Two fluffy chickens laying fresh eggs in the garden.

Wait, what?

The 2 resident chickens lay fresh eggs for breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium!The 2 resident chickens lay fresh eggs for breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium!
The 2 resident chickens lay fresh eggs for breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium!

Yep. that’s right. Kabas Hostel is home to two hens, and when they’re not feeling cranky, they lay delicious farm-fresh eggs that you can enjoy for breakfast! They don’t currently have names – I checked – but they looked like they the sort of chickens who’d be named Daisy and Petunia to me. (Trust me, I’m an expert: I grew up with chickens and named every single one of them).  As you probably already know, Jeremy and I are suckers for a good hostel pet – we’ve loved every dog and cat we’ve met at a hostel, and even one llama – but chickens are a new one for us. According to the owner of Kabas Hostel, in the summer there will be two turtles as well, swimming with their stubby little turtle legs in a little pool in the backyard garden. Hostel turtles!!! Can we live here??!

We took advantage of the included breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium and made ourselves delicious eggs in the hole, courtesy of the 2 resident chickens!We took advantage of the included breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium and made ourselves delicious eggs in the hole, courtesy of the 2 resident chickens!
We took advantage of the included breakfast at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium and made ourselves delicious eggs in the hole, courtesy of the 2 resident chickens!

The Relaxed Social Vibe at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium

In addition to chickens, turtles, environmental responsibility, and board games – what else do you need, really – Kabas Hostel has managed to cultivate the kind of special vibe that brings travelers together and changes them from strangers into friends. Kabas Hostel is one of those rare breeds of relaxed, social hostels. And one night – after a lovely day of relaxing and reading a book by the Christmas Tree – we found ourselves sitting around the big wooden table with 8 total strangers, laughing and chatting in Spanish and English about life and politics and education, sharing customs and comparing words in various languages, learning about culture and comparing our shared and vastly different experiences. It was the kind of night with beer and wine bottles covering the table, 3 different languages excitedly spoken at once, 8 different nationalities and cultures, and at some point, a Mexican and a Spaniard dancing flamenco together. It was magical.  It’s exactly why we continue to choose hostels over hotels again and again, why we’ve spent the past 6 months sleeping in dorms. It’s not just that hostels are budget friendly, it’s not just access to a kitchen and maybe, if you’re lucky, laundry. No, we live for these nights of real, authentic connection with other travelers.

The dining room table with a world map backdrop at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium.
The dining room table with a world map backdrop at Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium. This is the perfect table for family style dinners and socializing.

Honestly, I think that makes Kabas Hostel so successful – and I don’t just mean that literally, although it is kind of amazing how popular such a newly opened, small hostel has already become – is that its owner, Bart, is a traveler himself. He was inspired to open eco-friendly Kabas Hostel after a long backpacking trip through, of all places, South America. We had a great time comparing notes on our travels. I think the best hostels are owned by backpackers and travelers. Jeremy and I frequently find ourselves daydreaming about opening one of our own. After all, it takes a traveler to understand what a hostel really needs to be: the best hostels, like Kabas Hostel, are a home far away from home.

Practical Information about Kabas Hostel in Antwerp, Belgium

  • Booking: Hostelworld
  • Rates: Prices range from 21for a bed in a dorm to 54 for a private (weekdays are cheaper)
  • Amenities: Included breakfast (with fresh eggs!), fully stocked kitchen, towels, hair dryers, coffee & tea all day, bed linens, outlet and light for every bed, lockers
  • Hostel Perks: Grocery store across the street. City bike and bus stop next door. Hammocks (in the summer) and chickens in the garden. Eco-friendly and green certified.

We highly recommend you stay at Kabas Hostel the next time you visit Antwerp, Belgium!

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20 Comment

  1. That really does look super friendly! And I love the resident chickens. What a fab find

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Fiona! We totally agree!

  2. I love all the design details and even the exterior of the property and really had me at eggs from the resident chickens, so awesome!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I was so into the chickens!!

  3. I love it: the design and the two chickens. Looks like a great place to stay.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Tammy! We think so too.

  4. Looks adorable! But I’d be sold w/ the chickens! Love that you can have the eggs for your own breakfast!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      We agree! It adds such a sweet, homey touch.

  5. This looks like an amazing hostel! I love the design and all the extra touches they have available. Those chickens are adorable too–I really love that they have chickens there to lay eggs for breakfast! Coolest hostel pet ever! 🙂

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Right?! We’ve had cats, dogs, and even the odd llama here and there, but NEVER chickens! So cool.

  6. I love staying in hostels, and this one looks really excellent. Located in such a fantastic, and expensive city as Antwerp, it looks particularly cosy and affordable. And those chickens!

  7. globalmunchkins82 says: Reply

    I have yet to stay in a hostel but reading posts like this really give me the courage to check into them especially when traveling to Europe. This place sounded fantastic! Love that they have private rooms, love the decor and the fact they have fresh eggs. I’m a total egg snob!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Hostels can get a bad reputation but honestly, we love them. They’re super budget friendly, there’s always a private room option for extra privacy, and we love amenities that most hostels have available like a cozy lounge or a kitchen. It just makes travelling abroad feel more homey!

  8. Milijana says: Reply

    This hostel looks so cozy! Would love to stay there some day! I like the Eco-friendly concept much and Daisy and Petunia are incredibly adorable!!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Thanks Milijana! Mind you, they’re not actually named that, I just thought they looked like a Daisy and a Petunia 😛

  9. What a delightful post and I love your writing style. I wish that Antwerp were on my travel itinerary right now. It seems that another reason the Kabas is successful is it’s size. A smaller hostel can feel like home and not a bus station.

    1. Lia says: Reply

      I totally agree! I will take a small, cozy hostel anyday over the giant anonymous ones.

  10. Jen says: Reply

    Love the look of this hostel. So unique and creative.

  11. Shane says: Reply

    Love the concept of an eco friendly hostel! I stayed in tons throughout europe but none this nice!

    1. Lia says: Reply

      Hostels can be really hit or miss when it comes to quality! We’ve stayed in LOADS but only a few really good ones, like Kabas Hostel, stand out as really excellent.

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