Article / Review

Stadscafe van Mechelen

Van Mechelen is an industrial and urban café in the South of Amsterdam. This restaurant is situated on the border of Hoofddorppleinbuurt and Schinkelbuurt, near Het Vondelpark.

We and a couple of friends went to Van Mechelen on a Friday afternoon for drinks and bites. This is the ideal hang out because of the large bar, friendly service and the relaxed atmosphere! Van Mechelen offers a variety of delicious wines and a great selection of beers. For bites you can choose between a charcuterie, a fromagerie, the Dutch ‘bitterballen’ and other fingerfood snacks. Enjoy the vintage and industrial interior design which looks like nobody paid attention to it, but then they did anyway. This newly-opened beer bar reminded us of Belgium!

This restaurant slash cafe is open daily from 9am and therefore serve breakfast and lunch. For dinner you should check out their chalk board for daily specials at reasonable prices!

Stadscafe Van Mechelen reminded me of PLLEK (review online soon), a creative hang out in Amsterdam Noord, but also of places like BOSCO, TUIN 10 and CAFÉ DE WALVIS. Though this hang out has much more authenticity. See more of the restaurants I visit by following me on Instagram!

6 Responses to "Stadscafe van Mechelen"
marcusampe posted this on August 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

You did not tell where the name ‘Van Mechelen’ comes from. Looking at the photographs it does not seem to have any connection with the Flemish town Mechelen.

    Michelle posted this on September 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Hi Marcus, thanks for your message. No it doesn’t seem to have any connection with that town (actually I wouldn’t know because I think I’ve never been there ;)). Though it has Belgian influences: the owner of Van Mechelen also has two other Belgian beer bars in this neighbourhood with the names De Zotte and Gent aan de Schinkel. What do you think of these Belgian beer bars in foreign countries, Marcus?

SPOTTED: KADE 6 | posted this on September 3, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply


marcusampe posted this on September 3, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply

Belgium has so many good beers. Though I do prefer a good glass of wine I also can enjoy several interesting Belgian beers which are often superior to the many International commercial brands. I do find it important that others can come in contact with the vintage beers and the many special variation which can be created by the combination of different grains and different sorts of water. It is lovely others worldwide can enjoy those beautiful tastes and can find out that beer should not be just some salty or bitter water. For the small brewers it is also an opportunity to have their precious work be known worldwide.

BEST OF AUGUST 2013 | posted this on September 4, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply


DE LAATSTE KRUIMEL | posted this on October 15, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

[…] for another breakfast spot in Amsterdam? Check out WINKEL 43, STADSCAFE VAN MECHELEN or PIQNIQ. […]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please fill in your details below:

"I initially started my blog to tip friends on the best places.
Now I just have a lot of friends."
Michelle, owner of Story154
Article / 10 Best

10 Best Cocktail Bars in Amsterdam (by liquid journalist Ingmar)

So every now and then, we publish our best spots concerning a specific food like taco's, the best places to sit like terraces or any other 10 best. Now it's Ingmar's turn to write about cocktail bars! ...

Article / 10 Best

10 Best Food Spots along the Bilderdijkstraat

Here is a very handy list of all the best food hotspots on the nicest streets of West: the Bilderdijkstraat!...

Article / 10 Best

10 Best Places To Eat Tacos In Amsterdam

Have you also noticed that tacos are back in the game? Not that strange because it's great street food.. Read on if you want to know where to get the best in Amsterdam. Because who doesn't love tacos? ...

Article / 10 Best

10 Best Places To Eat Burgers in Amsterdam

This week’s Tuesday 10 is about the best places to eat burgers (and crispy fries!) in Amsterdam. ...

All the Story154 hotspots in the blink of an eye.

Story154 hotspots in the blink of an eye.

Easily find a restaurant within your district and read more about it.