New Year trip to Namur, Belgium – Day 2

La Taverne Alsacienne Belgium

Day 2 in Namur

Day two of our sojourn in Namur, Belgium.  I think we were the only ones in the city with clear heads! After the customary New Years Day lie in, it was time to venture out to see the world and get some food!

Right on our doorstep was Église Saint-Loup. So a peek inside to see their nativity scene was required.  This Jesuit-style Baroque church built between 1621 and 1645 is delightful.  We only got a look in the front door as the church was closed but it looks like it is worthy of a return visit, especially for the ornate ceiling.

Eglise Saint-Loup namur

Eglise Saint-Loup namur

After a wander around to see what was open (not much at all), Taverne Alsacienne caught our eye.  It looked cosy and Alsatian food is something we have both dabbled with – have you tried Flammkuchen? They are on sale now and again in Lidl.

Tavernne Alsacienne Namur Belgium outside

As you can probably imagine, Alsatian cuisine is a mixture of French and German cookery.  On the menu today was a hearty German influenced dish of Choucroute, which is sauerkraut served with lots of meat and potatoes.

La Taverne Alsacienne Belgium

The Alsace sauerkraut isn’t as sour as traditional German recipes, being cooked in Riesling wine, so it’s a sweet cabbage. Mr Foodie got stuck right in, however, I failed at finishing the plate of goodies. 😢

La Taverne Alsacienne Belgium

I only had room to finish my meal with an Alsace Coffee – coffee with kirsch (cherry liqueur) and brandy, topped with whipped cream.  It was very boozy! ❤️

La Taverne Alsacienne Belgium

We both needed a lie down after this. So a brief nap followed with a quick catch up of the news to see the New Years celebrations around the world. Then it was time to venture out again for more air and plan what to do for the next day over a beer.

La Taverne Alsacienne Belgium

Another holiday tradition is to buy crap from of the local supermarket. Burger flavour crisps, pickle flavour crisps, “moustache acid” and a selection of Belgian beers to relax with over the break.

namur purchases

Missed Day 1 of our Namur trip –  it’s here!


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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