Do you need a -almost- complete guide to know what to do in Namur during your next weekend? Here you will find some good addresses to go to. Activities, shopping addresses, good places to eat in Namur or where to stay: here is a non-exhaustive list of things not to be missed in the city of the Citadel!
Citadel of NamurRoute Merveilleuse 5000 Namur BE
Attention the information that will follow may shock you but this citadel has almost 2000 years of history! And yes, this building has managed to preserve several elements and constructions of past eras. Adapted for visits, this place is waiting for you to reveal all its secrets of history. Moreover, this museum developed a visitor center called "Terra Nova" which will explain you everything in a playful, interactive and educational way. Admission is charged but remains quite affordable and you will not be disappointed to discover this citadel.
Belfry of NamurNamur België - Belgique - Belgien
Its old name was "The Tower of St. James" but the city decided to change its name because people didn't think it was a belfry. This beautiful tower dates back to the 16th century (you have to learn something in this article). This belfry has been registered by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site". Very nice, isn't it?
Queen Fabiola Attractive ParkRoute Merveilleuse 64 5000 Namur BE
Finally a fun place to visit in Namur. This park will please young and old. You will be able to do a lot of activities such as a climbing circuit "Jungle Piste" (from 8 years old), a mini-golf (18 holes), driving electric cars, pedal go-karts, making trampolines, playing a giant chess game,... Not bad eh! And for the little ones, there is a large playground (castles, swings, cable cars, suspension bridge, balancing games, 11-meter high tower-toboggan, etc.), with an area reserved for 3-6 years old and a "Galaxy" area for 6-12 years old. The older children can enjoy a beer on the terrace and have a bite to eat during this time.
The Namourettes of NamurQuai des Joghiers 5000 Namur
Mmmmh a little trip for lovers on small whale boats to discover the city of Namur. Come on, put some glitter in her life and take her on the water to sail towards love and tenderness! You will discover Namur with another eye like that. To be done as a lover or as a family. Be careful to look at the opening hours and especially when is the last shuttle.
Perfumery Guy DelforgeRoute Merveilleuse 60 5000 Namur BE
Do you want to know how to create a perfume? You will have to go to this perfumery that will show you the traditional way to make a perfume. It's a unique center in Northern Europe, located in the bowels of the Citadel. It adds a medieval side which is really nice to discover. *snif* Do you smell that sweet scent of discovery?
Guy Delforge's workshop © Maison Delforge
Saint Loup ChurchRue du Collège 17 5000 Namur BE
The Saint-Loup church, located in the historical center of Namur, is one of the treasures of ancient baroque art in the south of Holland. Registered in the special heritage of the Walloon region, it offers an impressive interior decoration by the size and the quality of the decoration. Moreover, in 2021, the church celebrated its 400th anniversary! Happy birthday from Coddy!
The fortresses of NamurRoute des Forts 5100 5100 Namur BE
The country of Namur is an unknown and sometimes surprising universe with an extraordinary military heritage. The location of the fortress of Namur is part of this complex and interesting domain. According to the order of General Brialmont, nine strategic fortresses were built on both sides of the Meuse river to provide the entity with the highest degree of protection against a possible French invasion. You can only visit the fortresses of Saint-Heribert and Emines. The Fort of St. Helbert offers a multitude of activities throughout the year.
The museum of computer scienceRue Henri Blès 192 5000 Namur BE
Belgium's first computer museum opened in Namur. From your computer to your smartphone, you will discover an incredible adventure. With the support of the King Baudouin Foundation, the private collections supported by the four pioneers are brought together here, and the foundation now ensures the conservation of the museum and its exhibition. After that, don't ask any more questions about the appearance of the telephone and be glad you have one.
Museum of Ancient Arts of NamurRue de Fer 24 5000 Namur BE
The museum is housed in the 18th century protected hotel of Gaiffier d'Hestroy and presents medieval and Renaissance collections belonging to the Archaeological Society of Namur and Saint The extraordinary medieval treasure of Nikolai Onion. Well it's all serious ! The works that make up this treasure are the works of the goldsmith Hugo d'Oignies or his workshop. The museum has a collection of sculptures and paintings, including a large number of works of the Mozan painter Henri Blés (Henri Blés, 16th century) from the province of Namur, religious and folk goldsmiths.
Where to eat in Namur?
Due to the health crisis, some of the restaurants/bars listed below may be closed for the time being, or may only offer take-away services. If you are interested in any of them, please check their website for opening hours.
Fenêtre sur courPlace Chanoine Descamps 6 5000 Namur BE
You may have already heard of this famous cable car in the middle of a restaurant in Namur? An unusual place to visit but also to eat! Fenêtre sur cour offers menus, dishes of the day, Belgian specialities but not only. We go there especially for the setting which is superb with the glass roof and the terrace of the inner courtyard.
Café FleuriRue des Fossés Fleuris 38 5000 Namur BE
From Café Bandit (its former name) we move to Café Fleuri! A nice little bistro that offers home-made dishes and great cocktails. We go there for its cocktails (of course), its aperitifs, its poke bowls or its burgers. For a lunch on a sunny terrace, Café fleuri is definitely a good spot in Namur!
Les Cup’innRue Haute Marcelle 11 5000 Namur BE
For a gourmet break, the people of Namur will agree to recommend the Cup'inn! Pastry lovers, come here: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes and many other homemade sweets that we would love to devour. Whether you want to eat in or take away, Cup'inn also offers a home-made breakfast or brunch in addition to all its delicious pastries.
TapasoifRue des Brasseurs 26 5000 Namur BE
How about a bar that combines a wine bar with a tapas bar? Gastronomic tastings from all over the world and Greek wines are a must in this place. Opt for the surprise tasting and let yourself be surprised by the different tapas chosen by their chef.
Le D'ArvilleRue d'Arville 94 5100 Assesse BE
Located 15 minutes by car from the centre of Namur, this gastronomic restaurant will delight your stomach. In a 19th century farmhouse, you can enjoy refined cuisine on the terrace (weather permitting). There is even the possibility to sleep in the Villa Barabas, 200 meters from the restaurant. Luxury suites with in-room wellness for a relaxing stay. Take advantage of the cooking classes at the villa or a perfect place for a seminar.
CraquageGalerie Jardin d'Harscamp 5000 Namur BE
A huge bar, an even bigger terrace: for a culinary rendezvous in a very nice atmosphere, we recommend you to go to the Craquage food market. There are dishes to share, cocktails to sip and beers to enjoy. A barbecue or an Aperol Spritz, allow yourself a Craquage.
PâtanthropePlace Chanoine Descamps 5000 Namur BE
A mixture of Belgian gastronomy and world cuisine, in an elegant decor, the Pâtanthrope is a restaurant located in the centre of Namur. Where does this strange name come from? The Pâtanthrope is in fact the "pasta philantropist". For the chef, pasta is a bit of life! A festive dish from which all his ideas stem (this does not mean that there is only pasta on the menu, quite the contrary!). Gastronomy at a very reasonable price.
Botanical by alfonseRue des Brasseurs 5000 Namur BE
The Botanical by Alfonse is a cocktail bar focused on mixology and botany in the heart of Namur. Three young entrepreneurs are behind this brand which offers tons of different cocktails, each one as good as the next. They have won several awards in the field, including the Gault et Millau for the best cocktail bar in Wallonia! In short, the place to be for your afterwork or Saturday night aperitif.
Where to shop?
Saint-Jacques streetRue Saint-Jacques 5000 Namur BE
In Rue Saint-Jacques you will find the top brands: Scotch & Soda, Superdry, Essentiel, Caroline Biss, Comptoir des cotonniers, etc.
It is a street perpendicular to the main shopping street: Rue de Fer/ Rue de l'Ange.
Rue de Fer / Rue de l'AngeRue de Fer 5000 Namur BE
This is THE street for shopping in Namur. It is the main artery, where you will find the majority of the shops to do your shopping. You will find all the shops you are looking for here. Rue de l'Ange is also where the market is held.
L'Original NamurRue de l'Ange 8 5000 Namur BE
For sneaker fans, your temple is in Namur, at the Original. A shop dedicated to sneakers for women, men and children. The focus is on sneakers, but you will also find clothes and accessories.
It is located in Rue de l'Ange.
Mama Is CoolRue du Président 17 5000 Namur BE
A boutique for young active women that is inspiring, timeless and cocooning. Double influence in their collections as well as in the decoration of their shop: French and Scandinavian. Following fashion, yes. But above all, their desires: the two managers work on the basis of their hearts and offer pieces that they love. What is also important for them is to know who they are working with as brands, where the clothes/materials come from, in what conditions they are produced. More eco-responsibility and care for the planet at Mama is cool!
BesapRue des Carmes 29 5000 Namur BE
Besap is a second hand shop in the centre of Namur. Vintage but also more modern pieces at a very affordable price. The concept is based on an ecological but also economic concern: to allow shopping at a lower cost. In short, a great place to find little gems.
We are at the end of this article but the adventure is just beginning thanks to Coddy who will allow you to visit the streets of the city of Namur as well as some of the places which were described in this article.