Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Mons

Mons Memorial Museum

A superb museum, this extensive display mostly covers Mons' experience of the two world wars, though the constant sieges of this town's turbulent history are also mentioned. It gets the balance just right between mi…
Top Choice Canal in Mons

Strépy-Thieu Boat-Lift

The world’s tallest ship lift (completed in 2002), raising or lowering gigantic ‘baths’ 73 vertical metres, is on a pharaonic scale, as was the €150 million it cost. Though you can watch the lift from outdoors, visi…
Top Choice Brasserie in Mons

Oscar

A few steps from the Grand Place, Oscar is a local favourite for its well-executed cooking that showcases high-quality seasonal produce. The creative menu features pork ribs à la Normande (with apples and camembert)…
Top Choice Bistro in Mons

L'Envers

One of Mons' most popular restaurants, this lively spot deals out bistro favourites complemented by a list of daily dishes with innovative takes on traditional ingredients. Recent hits include gazpacho with goat che…
Top Choice Bar in Mons

Hype Bar Lounge

Hype feels like a hidden retreat from the busy Grand Place, with a laid-back crowd gathered at outdoor tables on a peaceful square. The friendly staff whips up some fine cocktails, including a decent Aperol Spritz, …
Cultural in Mons

La Ducasse

Known locally as Le Doudou, Unesco-listed festival La Ducasse sees the remains of Ste-Waudru (a 7th-century female miracle-worker and Mons’ patron) raucously paraded around town on Trinity Sunday (eight weeks after …
Church in Mons

Collégiale Ste-Waudru

Within this lofty, airy 15th-century Gothic church you'll find the golden reliquary of Ste-Waudru (hanging above the altar) and the fanciful 1782 Car d’Or, a gilded, cherub-festooned coach used to carry it during St…
French in Mons

Salon des Lumières

Walk aesthetically and gastronomically into history at this 18th-century château located 8km north of Mons. Lit by chandeliers and flickering candles, the Age of the Enlightenment lives on in film set–style perfecti…
Cafe in Mons

MoMA Coffee

The best espresso in town is served up at this buzzing cafe south of the Grand Place. MoMA (which stands for Mons Manhattan) takes its inspiration from NYC's third-wave coffee purveyors, and you can also order creat…
French in Mons

Le Pastissou

Warmly lit and cosy, this French-owned space brings flavours from southwestern France, with specialities like Auvergne-style tripe, duck breast with wild mushrooms, and cassoulet, which comes in a variety of delicio…