A day in Namur
If you're looking for a relaxed day out of shopping and eating, Namur might just be something for you! The atmosphere in the capital of Wallonia is very easy going and laid back, and because the center is rather small everything is on walking distance. It used to be difficult to find trendy places in Namur, but luckily newcomers put an end to that. Discover all my favorite spots in this city guide, as well as some of the most beautiful sights that testify of the rich history of the city!
Visit of the Cathédrale Saint-Aubain | Place du Chapitre 4, Namur
The Cathedral of Namur was built in the 18th century and mixes different styles: Baroque, Rococo and Classicism. It is already impressive on the outside, with its mint green dome and many statues decorating the front entrance, but it gets even better on the inside. Unlike many other religious buildings, the Cathedral is very bright. Looking up, you'll be amazed by all the details. Personaly I love the golden stars scatered across the ceiling!
Vintage at Un p'tit coin de parapluie | Rue des Carmes 15, Namur
In the Rue des Carmes, you'll find a small boutique called "Un p'tit coin de parapluie", a reference to the French expression "Un petit coin de paradis" (a little piece of paradise). This shop is a mandatory stop for any vintage lover. The first section you enter is dedicated to new collections inspired from the past (mostly from London). Moving deeper, you'll discover a little yard that leads to another room in which second hand items are stored. Next to clothing for men and women, you'll find all kinds of items that you would find at your grandmother's place, such as metallic boxes and small purses.
Art Deco in Rue des Carmes & Rue des Croisiers
Most of the buildings in the center of Namur are characteristic town houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. But in the Rue des Carmes and Rue des Croisiers you'll find plenty of Art Deco! I definitely recommend a walk in these adjacent streets to admire its homogeneous architecture. The Cameo cinema has recently been renovated and is especially beautiful.
Lunch at Coffee & More | Rue Emile Cuvelier 21, Namur
For lunch, I highly recommend Coffee & More! It opened not so long ago, in June 2015 to be exact, which explains why it has such a contemporary look compared to most places in Namur. The place is rather small but nicely decorated and there is a terrace. They have everything you might crave for at noon, such as sandwiches and soups, but also lots of desserts. And they claim to have the best coffee in town. Small warning: Their supply is limited so don't wait too long to go for lunch!
Interior design at SimplyD | Rue Saint-Jean 12, Namur
Time to explore the pedestrian area Saint-Loup where the alternative shopping spots are located (unlike the Rue de Fer and Rue de l'Ange where mainstream people shop). If you're also a big fan of Scandinavian design, SimplyD is your kind of place! They have some of my favorite design brands: Ferm Living, Present Time and Leitmotiv. My boyfriend and I bought multiple items for the kitchen last time we were there.
Fashion & more at Mama is Cool | Rue du Président 17, Namur
A little further, you'll find Mama is Cool, a beautiful concept store that you wouldn't expect to find in Namur. With its tropical plants, marble details and high ceilings, it was love at first sight! The boutique is an initiative of Céline and Laura, two girls with a taste for accessible clothing, Belgian jewelry, candles and Cluse watches.
Cupcakes at Les Cup'inn | Rue des Fossés Fleuris 38, Namur
If you're longing for something sweet or a cozy place to have a drink, head to Les Cup'inn! Their homemade cupcakes are amazing and their offer is constantly renewed. The pastel interior is the perfect setting to enjoy these pretty, photogenic cakes. The only trouble you'll have here is choosing one!
Walk along the Sambre
Namur's landscape is characterized by the rivers Sambre and Meuse. South of the Saint-Loup area, you'll arrive on the banks of the Sambre, the perfect background for a walk. During summer, you'll see Namourettes passing by every now and then, the retro boats that shuttle between the two banks. You can also admire the Citadel of Namur from here, a famous landmark of Wallonia. If you have time left, it is definitely worth going up the citadel to enjoy the green air and the view of the surroundings!
How to get there:
The train will take you from Brussels to Namur in about 1 hour. If you come by car, I suggest parking on the Boulevard Frère Orban. You can leave your car here for up to 8 hours for just €4,00!