Namur the Romantic: Shopping along the river

To explore Namur, you must take your time. Its rich heritage, the charm of its little streets, its terraces and its restaurants are there to be savoured. From the heights of the Citadelle to the banks of the Sambre, the capital of Wallonia offers a wealth of sights and experiences.

Namur the charmer, capped by her Citadelle, was renamed ‘The ant-hill of Europe’ by Napoléon.

Walking in Namur is a stroll through alleyways full of charm, taking time to stop in front of a shop or in a small restaurant. Why not finish the day at the cinema or at the Théâtre Royal de Namur?

One of the emblems of the city is the snail – a true mascot of the inhabitants and a culinary speciality of the region.


Did you know?


French fries were born in Namur. Yes, this city on the banks of the Meuse was, in the eighteenth century, fond of fried fry, a small fish that the Namurois liked to eat. Unfortunately, during a very harsh winter, the river froze and fishing became impossible. The Namurois decided to cut pieces of potato in the shape of fish and fry them. Shrewd people, the Namurois!

A visit to the highest point of the city, the Citadelle, is a must. From the top of this spur, sheltered by one of the largest fortresses in Europe, the view of the essential places of your visit is incomparable. Not to mention the many festive and sporting events that take place here.

Back in the historical heart discover some architectural gems: the Cathedral of Saint-Aubain, the theatre, the Belfry ... Don't forget to bring your camera: you’ll take an abundance of great photographs. Indulge in a more romantic activity by strolling as a couple through the old town, taking a walk along the quays, or venturing a little further to visit the surrounding area with its many attractive sights.