Visit Mechelen

Staying at home during summer sounds boring doesn’t it?
Well it’s not because I went on day trips in my country and I’m actually surprised with how many charming cities we have.

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For instance Mechelen.
I got invited to explore Mechelen, I know Mechelen and it’s actually 20 min from where I live but I never really visited the place, only if I have an appointment for work SHAME ON ME I know.

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So this time I took a day to see Mechelen as I would go on a city trip somewhere else.
You can easily reach the city by car, busses and trains.
I went by car and brought one of my closest friends with me, Sheila aka fashion blogger fashionvitaminesantwerp.
She taught me how to be a blogger and helped me through the years how to manage me with social media, so it’s only fair that I took her with me for the day as a sort of thank you.

We started the day with lunch in 1 of the recommended places that VisitMechelen provided us.
After lunch we were full with energy and decided to put in good use and climb the ‘ Sint- Romboutstoren’.
The tower counts 538 steps and ends up with an amazing sky walk, you can see Mechelen 360° and even further.
Along the way you can take a rest while enjoying some history.

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After that we treated our selfs with some apple pie at the grand market.
Most events take place at the Grand Market  and is only a 3 min walk from the Sint-Romboutstoren.
Starting from here you can go shopping at the shopping street Bruul.
That’s a cosy street that doesn’t allow cars during opening times.
If you walk it through, you’ll end up at the train station, that’s pretty convenient don’t you think?

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Half way the shopping street you’ll find a small park called ‘Kruidentuin’ or in English ‘herb garden’
This is a small park where loads of people use to have a pick nick during a work break.
They recently did restorations in the park so the park looks really cosy, especially around spring.
And just over the bridge you have a floating path called ‘dijlepad’ on the path you can see Mechelen in a different perspective, like the backside of some old houses.
You should also try to find the street art around Mechelen some of them are so insta worthy.

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After some shopping and a nice walk we deserved some food, and what better to end a lovely day with some BELGIAN fries, yes I’m going to keep saying that because it’s Belgian and not french, LOL.
I recommend to get some fries at ‘Frituur Korenmarkt’, these little cabins are starting to get rare in Belgium.

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Mechelen is definitely worth a visit, it’s not for nothing they call it Europe’s hidden gem.
Good food, a cosy shopping street, fine street art and much more.

XoXo

Deborah

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