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Going Out

Going Out

A Few Mechelen Restaurants

  • Lam’eau, Van Beethovenstraat 8, 2800 Mechelen
  • Sava, Grote Markt 13, 2800 Mechelen (Tapas)
  • Ronda, Vismarkt 10, 2800 Mechelen (Moroccan)
  • Via Via, Zandpoortvest 50, 2800 Mechelen (World)
  • Pintxos, Nauwstraat 10, 2800 Mechelen (Tapas)
  • Graspoort, Begijnenstraat 28, 2800 Mechelen
  • Il Cardinale, Sint-Romboutskerkhof 1, 2800 Mechelen (Burgerbar)
  • Restaurante Madrid, Lange Schipstraat 4, 2800 Mechelen

And Then for a Drink…

Drinks in Mechelen can be had at dozens of different places in dozens of different locations, but most people go to the Vismarkt. Located in the centre of town, next to the river Dijle, Vismarkt is a charming square lined with nothing but bars and restaurants. The most popular places at Vismarkt are:

  • De Gouden Vis: perfect for talks over a good Belgian beer in an 18th century Art Nouveau-style house; also perfect for late-night dancing – Address: Nauwstraat 7, 2800 Mechelen
  • Bar Popular: perfect for cocktail fun and upbeat contemporary music – Address: Vismarkt 1, 2800 Mechelen
  • D’Hanekeef: Mechelen’s oldest café and that’s exactly how it feels, too – Address: Keizerstraat 8, 2800 Mechelen
  • Kafee Zapoi: a ‘brown bar’ par excellence, as the Belgians like to call them; cosy, democratic and with a lot of character – Address: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat 115, 2800 Mechelen

Good bars off Veemarkt are for example:

  • Barramundo Lounge:  a cosy lounge bar with trendy music and chill-out sofas right under the St. Rumbold’s Cathedral  – Address: Steenweg 2, 2800 Mechelen
  • Honoloeloe: right at the center of Mechelen, drinks and food in an adventurous atmosphere – Address: Grote Markt 11, 2800 Mechelen
  • O’Flach’s: the most popular Irish bar in town – Address: Grote Markt 24, 2800 Mechelen