Mechelen is a city that’s been working hard on upgrading over the last few years, and I think it’s safe to say that their efforts are paying off. Main proof of that are all the nice hot spots you can find here, whether it is for shopping, coffee, breakfast or lunch. Foom is one of those, and since it’s located right by the cathedral you can be certain of a nice view and plenty of people wanting to score a seat at their Sunday brunch or high tea concept, too. We went here for Sunday lunch after a walk nearby, and even though it was quite busy, we didn’t have to wait a crazy amount of time for our food. You can tell that they still need to work on some details when it comes to faster or more efficient service – but I’m willing to forgive and forget that thanks to their overall friendliness and yummy food.
Since their high tea concept was fully booked, we simply picked some things off the menu (in retrospect, I’m happy it turned out like that because the high tea was a bit more pricey and this way you’re more in charge of what you’re ordering). I went for the hummus sandwich, which was yummy but still left me craving for more. And I’m glad it did, because that meant I could try the “banoffee” (banana and toffee) cake – which was absolutely delicious! I really, really want to go back just so I can have another piece.
The area downstairs where you have the counter, isn’t too big so it gets crowded pretty quick. The interior is cute and ticks off most hipster boxes, plus you have a great view on the impressive cathedral – but I’d think it would be an added plus if they used real plants instead of fake ones. However, I’m pretty sure no one’s meal or experience will be ruined because of that. They have an upstairs seating area too, which is reserved during the weekend for the people who do the brunch or high tea.