Food and beer in an an old industrial style building. In Amsterdam, medium sized industrial production facilities were often hidden behind unspectacular entries in common apartment environments. The production facility itself usually extended behind the building into a one-story garage. In this setting Stadscafe van Mechelen settled down to offer all sorts of Belgium beer and classic dishes with products of local and sustainable oriented suppliers.
The front area houses a bar – Irish pub style, the back is reserved for the restaurant. The open kitchen is next to the bar and – different than the usual Amsterdam cafe – Van Mechelen is relatively large a space (read: in context). A bit noisy it is. So – no dinner for two with candlelight (okay, why not – it only wouldn’t be my first choice for that), but absolutely good for you and your fellows to hang out and have a beer all together.
Van Mechelen is open from 09:00, and I guess it is a little more quiet in the morning, probably also a good place for a breakfast with a laptop (they bring the breakfast, you the laptop) – and the kitchen takes orders until 22:00.
I am always fond of those industrial styles, and here the whole setting is not industrial like in alternative-lifestyle-industrial, but a kind of settled, well designed industrial style. Good. A new spot in Oud-Zuid, and different than all the others…