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Banketbakkerij Vanderbeek

The Mechelen-based Michel is the seventh generation of Vanderbeek bakers. Having established a first shop in Kortrijk in 1763, the Vanderbeekes later opened up in Mechelen (among other places). A stone’s throw from Mechelen’s Grote Markt, Vanderbeek is a modern patisserie which, besides selling a wide range of tarts, cakes and special types of bread, also does canapés, pizzas, quiches and other savoury items. The firm’s speciality is its moon-shaped chocolates and cookies known as ‘Maneblussertjes’.


In Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat in the heart of Mechelen, you’ll find a shop called Lily. Though you might say it’s the perfect location, the boutique is so small you could easily walk straight past it! And that’s its charm. Unusual items are packed into just one room and it oozes atmosphere! In terms of style, it reminds you of England. Lily would not be out of place in Camden or Shoreditch. You’ll also find more than a hint of Paris here, which is hardly surprising since the collections come from Paris and London. The webshop is also worth a visit.

Simon Lévelt

At Simon Lévelt you can choose from 30 different sorts of coffee and more than 150 different sorts of tea and most of them are organic and fair trade. That may sound rather a lot to choose from, but Simon Lévelt will advise you and you can always settle for a few smaller ‘tester packets’. Simon Lévelt also sells a special Mechelen blend of coffee, the ‘Taste of Mechelen’, and a Mechelen tea, the ‘Wonder of Mechelen’ with dreamy hints of bergamot, orange blossom and lavender.
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