9 culinary hot spots in Mechelen

Recently took the prestigious business newspaper, The Financial Times’ Mechelen in her top ten small cities of the future. We went in search of some new culinary hotspots in the city.

Homemade Granola, from Gamine. © /


Spoiled on are British. Annelies and Benjamin started at the end of november with a breakfast and lunchbar in the Sint-Katelijnestraat. “We distinguish ourselves by the high-teaconcept and the special dishes that you are on our map. That range of hashbowns, which are wafers of sweet potato, american pancakes”, says Annelies. High tea only on reservation, but you will be overloaded with a range of snacks and hot drinks.


Spanish sunshine in the glass. In the Steenstraat, you can find the new location of Unwined. Miriam and Koen are playing with the balance between ‘wine’ and ‘wine shop’. Everything you taste, the bar prepared. You see them you wine decanting, but also your tapas preparation. “We want the total package to offer. The name says it all : we want to let people relax with a nice glass of wine in hand. And if that leads to the purchase of a bottle of wine, confirms that our success.”

Bokes & co

Relax in the years quietly. With a snack and a drink you can there also your eyes. Brother Seppe and sister Vicky came early this year on the idea of a breakfast – and lunchbar to start with only second. Everything you see is for sale. Except for the books, which you should trade. “It is wonderful to be at that long table, looking on the one side young students who do their bokes to eat and on the other hand, a couple of older ladies who are of their coffee and enjoy. It’s true, just is.”


Johan Nulens and Steven Van der Stichelen. © /

The bread subscription. Under the heading of Broodbroeders try Johan and Steven the bakkersconcept since november to breathe new life into. “There is so much food waste, we want to fight.” Johan and Steven fry half of their loaves for subscribers, but that’s still not enough. If you have a subscription, then you can have the bread get in the studio or in one of the collection points. That are mainly coffee, lunch and breakfast bars spread over Mechelen.


Small, but fine. In may last year, Debby and her breakfast slash lunch slash koffiezaak on the Korenmarkt, with the card ” honest, homemade and delicious food. Homemade fermented soft drinks, OR coffee, granola, nice breads, (gluten-free) cake, but also lasagna, quiche, lasagne and soup. Here, you eat what the pot luck, the suggestions change regularly. Debby swears by quality products, preferably from the local area, but always seasonal. To treat to the appetite is not lacking in Gamine.


Food with a story. Original food products and ditto kitchen utensils, design, workshops, tastings, in this new belevingswinkel, everything revolves around sustainability. Even the interior with a Scandinavian look and the form of payment (only cash, so no printed kasbonnetjes) had an ecological touch. Taste is the initiative of the young duo Sarah and Bart, and their passion with the customers will want to share. In the racks are only products that they themselves fully after are from the region but also from distant places, as long as a story involved.


‘Which is not what we sold, we drink.” Thus began the success story of the three friends wijnspecialisten from the Locals. More than ten years later they are with z ” n fives and they opened a wine bar and shop Xpertvinum in Mechelen. In addition to the best Spanish wines we Xpertvinum also located in the exclusive sherry’s. What is offered is first tasted in the better bodegas all over Spain.

For the finer citizens

Rehabilitation of the hamburger. In the category ‘better citizens’, snuggled after Antwerp, Leuven, Ghent and Brussels are now also an Ellis Gourmet Burger in the city of the red cross. You get him in full glory served, but in an upgraded version, and in a hip setting. On time and was the expertise of key players in the culinary world enabled, such as the “Meatlover by Dierendock’ (by the sterrenslager) and the Blue Cheese Madness by Van Tricht’ (by the well-known cheese specialist). For the finer hamburgerschotel you can later also ‘Il Cardinale’ test, a bit older address, but popular and also cool and tasty names like The Godfather, Twinzie Jesus, and Holy Guacamole on the map.


Coffee with a dash of culture. The man behind the first coffee bar of Mechelen, Yves Janssens, came up with the idea of a takeaway and coffee shop to open in a stadsmonument. Since mid-december is daughter Maayke (21) in the takeaway and turret at the entrance of the park.

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