Best places for lunch in Mechelen
Mechelen is a small city located between Antwerp and Brussels. A quintessential Flemish town which has managed to keep its local charm, despite a steadily rising number of tourists flocking to the city each year. The city can be visited perfectly as a day trip – although that would mean rushing things a bit in all honestly. Perhaps this list of all the good places for lunch in Mechelen might convince you to stay a little longer, if only for the strong culinary scene.
Should you happened to have stumbled upon this post but are not looking for lunch. Have a look a look at this overview of restaurants in Mechelen.
To make the list of spot to go for lunch in Mechelen a little easier to access I have split up the various lunch spots in categories. Enjoy!
The healthy lunch in Mechelen
Plantbased, glutenfree and free of any nasty sugars, this places is your go to for a healthy lunch in Mechelen. The menu contains a list of delicious smoothies, smoothie bowls and poké bowls. Looking for your Matcha or Kurkuma late fix? This is your place! Check out the full menu for more info.
All materials used are compostable and thus not only your belly but also the environment will be happy!
The restaurant offers both dine-in and take away options. The space is small, so if you are popping by during the weekend there is a chance you might have to wait for a little while to be seated.
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 09.00- 17.00 // Sunday 10.00-16.00
Address: Geitestraat 23, 2800 Mechelen
You go-to place for lunch in Mechelen if you are looking for a spot that works with local ingredients and boasts zero palm oils or refined sugars in their food. There are plenty of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options on the menu to choose from. My personal favourite is the quinoa salad or a cheeky green smoothie bowl.
The restaurant offers dine-in or take way options. You can also pop in for a coffee, Tumeric late, cold pressed juices or Kombucha.
Lief is a big proponent of zero-waste. One of their initiatives is providing warm drinks to go in a reusable billie cup that can be used/returned in various restaurants around the city – pay one euro deposit or 2,5 euro if you want a cover and get the money back upon returning the cup.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09.00- 16.00// Saturday 09.00-18.00
Address: Count of Egmontstraat 5, 2800 Mechelen
Bar Marie is one of the best places in Mechelen for lunch if you are looking for a cozy interior combined delicious salads or a warm soup. The menu is small (ish), and caters to vegans, vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The menu changes seasonally and uses nothing but fresh ingredients cultivated by a local farmer who produces his crops as naturally as possible.
As mentioned, the interior is very cozy and inviting. Located a few hundred meters away from the main trainstation of Mechelen, it is the perfect spot to grab a coffee while you wait for your train.
Opening hours: Thursday to Friday 08.30- 16.00
Address: Stationsstraat 55, 2800 Mechelen
The on-the-go lunch in Mechelen
Looking for a spot to grab a healthy on-the-go lunch in Mechelen? Tartelies offers a variety of glutenfree, lactose free and refined sugar free (vegan) foods. The plant based menu rotates every week so be sure to check out the menu here.
If you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Tartelies has some of the most delicious and colourful vegan cakes/cupcakes in the city. Get ready to indulge, guilt free!
There is no seating arrangement, only take-away offered. The team wants to keep single use plastic to a minimum and thus will present you the menu in a reusable container for which a deposit of 4€ is charged. Bring back the container to get your deposit back, or come prepared with your own take-away container.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 12.00- 18.00 // Saturday 10.00-13.00
Address:Frederik de Merodestraat 3, 2800 Mechelen
If you are out on the town shopping and suddenly the pang of hunger hits, this is your place! Frutsi is conveniently located on the main shopping street of Mechelen, the Bruul. They offer a wide variety of different smoothies and juices as well as different types of salads and sandwiches. There is a (small) store in you are in the market for some quality food products.
Frutsi offers either take away of dine in option though the dine in space is rather limited. My personal preference is to order something to take-away and sit on one of the benches lining the Bruul to enjoy my lunch while indulge in some good old people watching.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08.00- 17.30 // Saturday 09.00-18.00
Address:Ijzerleen 23, 2800 Mechelen
The indulgent lunch in Mechelen
Nestled in a very central location at the end of the main shopping street and right on the marketsquare. Gra not only offers the perfect indulgent lunch in Mechelen, it is also one of the best people watching spots in town that serves a decent cup of coffee.
This corner coffee bar serves a wide variety of dishes ranging from shakshuka to a wonderfully indulgent French Toast. Portions are generous, décor is very hip and the location is unbeatable. Incidentally a perfect spot to plonk yourself down, read the newspaper and watch the world go by.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 09.30- 18.00 // Saturday 10.00-18.00// Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Address: Bruul 1; 2800 Mechelen
This little gem is located on the backside of the St Rumbold’s cathedral. If you are looking for an indulgent lunch in Mechelen, this my friend is the place to be. With the cities best pancakes and a great view over the cathedral, Foom tends to fill up quickly especially in the weekends.
If you are a late riser, why not indulge in the special formula of High tea which is served Wednesday to Saturday between 15.00 and 17.00 and on Sunday between 14.30 and 16.30.
Tip: Foom does a special Sunday brunch. It runs from 09.00 until 14.00 and costs 21€ per person. It includes breads, fruit, granola, wraps, pancakes…enough to feed an army really. They also cater to gluten and lactose intolerance, if you let the team know in advance!
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 08.30 -17.00; Saturday 09.00-17.00; Sunday 09.00-16.30
Address: Sint – Katelijnestraat 2, 2800 Mechelen
Kato Gateaux is a plantbased coffeebar in the heart of the city. If you are looking for a light, yet still indulgent lunch in Mechelen this just might be your spot. Kato works together with local producers and will serve you delicious – handmade- (vegan) cakes, cupcakes and waffles.
Incidentally, this place also serves one of the best espressos in the city. The menu is small, there is ample seating space with soft cushion that will make you forget the stress of the day. A perfect place for a sneaky little slice of pure indulgence.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday 08.30- 17.00 // Saturday 09.00-18.00// Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Address: Korenmarkt 11, 2800 Mechelen
The catch-up for hours lunch in Mechelen
One of the cozziest places for lunch in Mechelen is a little place called “Noen”. All the food is handmade, and so is the interior! This place has a more traditional take on brunch (eggs, bread, yoghurt, fruit) with impeccable ingredients and a really fun vibe. A (luxury) brunch for 2 people costs around 33€ and will leave you filled and ready to go explore the city.
Tip: These guys also have their own homemade ice cream (EISKREEM) which is great for a hot summers day.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 09.00-16.00// Saturday 09.00-18.00
Address: Leermarkt 24 2800 Mechelen
Sister Bean has been around in Mechelen for a couple of years and is a very popular spot for breakfast or lunch. They have ample seating space, are located on the iconic ever-buzzing fishingmarket and a large menu to choose from. The coffee is steaming hot, and the people watching excellent. It makes for the perfect place for a long and leasurely catch-up lunch in Mechelen.
Tip: On the weekend they do an all you can eat brunch which is definitely worth getting out of bed for. It runs from 09.00 to 14.30 and costs 20€ a person.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 08.00-17.00 // Saturday & Sunday: 09.00-17.00
Closed on Wednesday
Address: Vismarkt 26, 2800 Mechelen
One of the newest additions to the food scene in Mechelen is a veritable food court. The food court is located in the historic meat market of the city, a mere 5-minute walk from the main square. The market contains 13 food stalls – Pizza, creamy guacamole, avocado toast are but a few of the delights you will find.
In addition, the market also holds a roaster serving steaming coffee and a bar stocked with a good selection of wine. De Vleeshalle is a perfect place for a leisurely lunch in Mechelen or a cheeky place for a first date.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Wednesday and Sunday: 11.00-20.00 // Friday & Saturday: 11.00-22.00
Address:Huidevettersstraat 7, 2800 Mechelen
Hope this list of lunch places in Mechelen has convinced you to visit this little city! Curious to know what else there is to see in town? Have a look at this three day guide to give you some inspiration.
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