Welcome to the website of ViaVia Mechelen!

In our 15th century Molenhuis or on our terrace beside the River Dyle, you can enjoy delicious, world cuisine and a drink.

As you will notice, we want to be more than just a café-restaurant. We aim to be a meeting place, a place where people meet – whatever their background – get to know and respect each other. This can be in the bar or during one of our many activities.

We are a world cuisine restaurant. This means that small and large groups can come to us for a culinary journey along the different continents. Our menu features both tapas and main courses and desserts. But for sandwiches or a delicious soup you’ve come to the right place.


ViaVia Mechelen also organizes all kinds of activities, sometimes in collaboration with its partners. Our events can be found on the site. Or you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter. You do this by sending an email to For our activities, it is good to reserve in time. That can be done by e-mail. Please leave your mobile phone number too so we can contact you if necessary.

Activities carried out in cooperation with our partner CultuurMolen vzw – such as the Intieme Zolderconcerten – can be booked on the website of the CultuurMolen itself. More information on how to reserve and what the conditions are, you can find it all at here.


Our menu changes montly. There are the main courses – in addition to our permanent values ​​the spaghetti bolognese or vegetarian lasagne with feta cheese and truffle oil – and there’s always the choice between a dish with chicken, fish or meat. Even vegetarians can spoil themselves culinary! Besides the lasagna there is an extra changing, vegetarian main course and there are always some vegetarian tapas on the menu.


Would you like to come over for a meal? Then you can reserve a table online or by telephone on +32 (0)15 21 60 56. For us, it is useful to know that you bring a stroller or wheelchair.


You’re looking for a nice day out? Possibly linked to a dinner? You want that little bit more? Then you’ve come to the right place! Perhaps you can find your choice between one of the following group packages we offer.Do you have anything else in mind? Let us know! Questions about our offers or requests? Send them to

Standard group arrangement restaurant

Tapas? Main course? Tapas and main course? With dessert or not? For groups from 10 people on we make a customized package.That way you can hold the dinner perfectly within your budget.

Dinner with activity

Families, groups, companies… can also go for a fun group activity with a dinner before or afterwards. Would you like to explore Mechelen with a guide? Or are you more adventurous and you’d like a guided sup tour on the river Dyle? We can get you in contact with one of our partners. That way we can help you making your day a big success!

Options: guided tour, private concert, workshops, sup tour, kayak trips, scooters, tastings, bike hire…

Hall rental

You’re looking for a cozy and functional space in a unique, yet easily accessible location? Then ViaVia Mechelen is your place to be! We offer you a customized solution with customized packages for your event, meeting, training, reception, buffet, dinner, (dance) party, drink…

In our 15th century mill house we have two rooms with wireless internet access and the opportunity to project by beamer. (beamer and flipchart available at affordable prices)

The Melaan room is located under the original 16th-century vault of the Melaan, an old tributary of the River Dyle. Here you can have your meeting or party above the water! (up to 24 people at tables, 30 people standing or 30 people in theater style)

The attic is a multipurpose hall that can be used for very diverse activities. Have your meeting, reception, event… under a 7-meter high wooden roof truss with a stunning view over the Botanical Garden, the Basilica of Our Lady of Hanswijk and the Dyle. (up to 49 people)

You want to book or want some more information about our rooms?
Send us an email at Please indicate the date and the approximate number of participants and describe your activity as much as possible. That way it makes it easier for us to do a good proposal.

Own catering is prohibited.

How to get there


ViaVia Mechelen can be found on the ‘fietsknooppuntennetwerk’ (network of bicycle nodes) between nodes 57 and 59. You can also find the Café on the ‘Steden- en de Dijlevalleiroute’ (cities and valley of the Dijle route).


The beautiful Dijlepad passes by the Café. 300 meters through the park and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city.


ViaVia Mechelen has a central location. A 10 minutes walk brings you to train stations ‘Mechelen’ and ‘Mechelen-Nekkerspoel’.


There’s a bus stop right in front of our door, named Zandpoortvest.


There’s a spacious parking lot next to the youth hostel, at the other side of the street. A 5 minutes walk brings you to ViaVia Mechelen.

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