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Travelling Sophie: Mechelen, part 2!

Hey, folks! A while ago, I gave you Travelling Sophie, Mechelen, part 1. You can read all about it here!

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We will start in De Hoogstraat. It is one of the stress that lead into the center of the city.  From where I live, this is the way, into the city center. We have 2 African shops here, close to each other. Just before going in De Hoogstraat, you can find this African Asian shop. Here you can buy your chili peppers, kilo’s of rice, manioc, spicy sauces, etc.


Here is the mini-competition:


On the other side of the street, is a new candy shop! But they don’t have any vegan candies though,…:(


Yummy unhealthy candy!
Yummy candy!

Snoep Goed, Hoogstraat 84, 2800 Mechelen. Open? Monday till Saturday from 10 AM till 5 PM. This candy shop has old-fashioned candy, bio or organic candy, sugar-free candy & special candy.

We are walking further in the road. Here on the right side, you have a really good butcher! 🙂 What a beautiful building too! Hoogstraat 25, 2800 Mechelen.


A bit further on the left side, you find a really good wine & spirit shop called Semprevino. Hoogstraat 2, 2800 Mechelen. This is a great wine, spirit shop. When I want to give a wine present or so to myself or friends, we go here & get great advice too. The wines are a bit more pricey then in the supermarket & but you will find great smaller top wines, champagnes, proseccos, etc. Little & larger drinkable jewels,..:) So it is worth it!




Now, we are moving to de Korenmarkt.

De Korenmarkt on the right side & left, de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwenstraat!
De Korenmarkt on the right side & left, de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwenstraat!


Moving along, we arrive at De Zoutwerf with a cool coffee & teashop, called Simon Lévelt. This is a Dutch chain of coffee-tea shops. They well more than 130 teas & a lot of coffees too. I love their coffee, coffee mugs, chocolates, syrups to put in my coffee, etc.




At the other side, you will see this lovely view:

You see the back of the Spanish restaurant Madrid!
You see the back of the Spanish restaurant Madrid!

Moving along, you come at De Yzerleen. 


Beans Bar & Le Pain Quotidien!
Beans Bar & Le Pain Quotidien!

This is one part, on the right side. I reviewed these 2 cool hang-outs before, tea & coffee shops like Le pain Quotidién & in my part 1 & in review: Beans bar!

Moving along, you will see this:

A cool large cookery shop: Denies!
A cool large cookery shop: Denies!

Denies is a cool long large cookery shop! Denies, Yzerleen 27, 2800 Mechelen. They have been here since 1907,…that is 4 generations! They well something like this:

I want it all,...;)
I want it all,…;)

And something like this:

More cool cookie stamps, Sinterklaas cut outs,etc.
More cool cookie stamps, Sinterklaas cut outs,etc.

And beautiful English & French Christmas china:


I have a long wish list from this shop! 🙂

Further along De Yzerleen!
Further along De Yzerleen!

On the other side:


Can you see de Sint-Rombouts Toren? The Sint-Rumbolds Tower  aka de Sint-Rombouts Toren? peeping? 🙂

At the end of this street, you have this glorious building.

Het Schepenhuis, city museum!
Het Schepenhuis, city museum!

When you see this picture, on the right hand side, you have 2 great patissiers, Vanderbeek & a bit further Savarin! Vanderbeek is known as the best patissier in Mechelen. Here are some tasty pictures.

Tasty tarts!
Tasty tarts!

Saturday, December the 6th, it is Sinterklaas! You all, outside Europe, don’t celebrate him. But I made these tasty speculaas biscuits a few years ago & you can read all about it here & you can make your own speculaas biscuits too: Sophie’s festive speculaas! :) Enjoy!


Then, you will arrive at my favorite chocolatier: Neuhaus!

Neuhaus Chocolatier!
Neuhaus Chocolatier!

Neuhaus is located close to De Grote Markt. Neuhaus is a famous Belgian chocolatier. Their chocolates are a bit more expensive then other Belgian chocolatiers. They are also Hofleverancier. That means that they deliver to The Belgian Royal family! So, if it is good to the Royal family , it is certainly good for us! 🙂 More yummy pictures:

Tasty chocolates = pralines like we call them!
Tasty chocolates = pralines like we call them!
Lovely chocolate gifts! :)
Lovely chocolate gifts! 🙂


Now, you are at De Grote Markt!


Now, a picture from the opposite side:

You see the Sint-Rombouts Toren aka Kathedraal! The Sint- Rombold's Tower aka Cathedral!
You see the Sint-Rombouts Toren aka Kathedraal!
You see The Sint- Rumbold’s Tower aka Cathedral!

Now, this is the end of our guided tour through Mechelen. Soon, there will be a last part 3, of course! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the tour! 🙂 See you all soon,…♥ Stay Tuned & subscribe by email! Join 1,800 email subscribers now!!! It is free!!!! Click the link here below to subscribe!!! Get my free E-book: Healthy Vegan christmas too!
You will like:

1. Travelling Sophie, Mechelen part 1!

2. Sophie’s festive home-made speculaas!


Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

38 thoughts on “Travelling Sophie: Mechelen, part 2!

  1. Dit is een mooie overzicht van de leuke (culinaire) winkels van Mechelen


    Verstuurd vanaf mijn inniePad.

    > Op 4-dec.-2014 om 12:10 heeft Sophies Foodie Files het volgende geschreven: > > >

  2. Hello Sophie,
    Thank you for such a lovely sightseeing of Mechelen. You,ve done a lot of work for these impression of your cosy hometown.

  3. This was a fun post, Sophie. Great photos. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more of your adventures.

  4. What a wonderful post, I love seeing where you are, love the buildings and the clean wide streets, and LOVE the bike signs and cyclists 🙂 and I want that china Christmas tree??? (Can you find out how much to buy and ship to the UK??)

  5. I love Neuhaus chocolates too but they are still a bit expensive!
    What a lovely tour through Mechelen, dear Sophie! thanks! x

  6. I love the funny guided tour through part of your beloved town, dear Sophie! Maybe in the near future, we can meet & greet! x

  7. I loved walking with you through the streets of Mechelen. What a pretty place you live in. I do have to agree with you. Neuhaus do make divine chocolates and I ate plenty of them when we were there!

  8. I have been there last Christmas & spelt some time with my grandparents. They showed me around Mechelen! What a beautiful cultural city is is! I loved it too. Next time, I am here, we should meet. Xxx

  9. So cool! I love the look of the streets and all these beautiful little shops. It’s so cool to see so many people travelling on their bicycles, too! It just isn’t like that in North America!

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