Discover Benelux, Issue 30, June 2016

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Discover Benelux | Brabant | Breda Highlights


What do beer; history and folk music have in common? They are all proudly presented in the Bierreclame Museum in Breda, where it is always nostalgic o’ clock and history is effortlessly combined with enjoying a beer. Located near the centre of Breda, the Bierreclame Museum holds the largest collection of beer advertisements in the Netherlands, hosting several floors full of enamel signs and posters of old beer ads, derived from the years 1900 to 1960. “The museum is actually a hobby which got a bit out of control,” owner Jan Hemmer says. “After years of collecting, displaying everything was the next logical step.” The museum was officially opened in 1990. Besides signs there are brewery machines, neon lights, glasses and mats on display. The signs and graphics are often well thought out designs, created by well-known artists and made in different styles such as art deco, art nouveau and 1950s.

Music is inextricably linked to the museum. “Even the musical museum collection is bursting with history: from the old pianola and the jukebox to the electric accordion.” Every summer the beer garden opens its doors, and a folk band plays every month. “The museum breathes nostalgia, which is perfectly accompanied by folk music as its topics traditionally have to do with beer.” When you are done looking, start tasting. After reading and hearing about beer, you can

enjoy one yourself at the museum’s pub, which serves over 90 types of beers. “We have two types of guests: museum visitors and people who come in to enjoy a beer. Although museum visitors automatically get thirsty when they’re done exploring!”

Culinary hotspot with a true Belgium allure TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: RESTAURANT MIRABELLE

A castle-like building with a beautiful garden to match; restaurant Mirabelle in the Dutch city of Breda has been a hotspot for over 60 years. The fabulous location, pleasant ambiance and perfect service make it a favourite for many. For a wedding, romantic dinner or business lunch, restaurant Mirabelle has the perfect, idyllic location. It is only half an hour away from Rotterdam and Antwerp, but obviously the location and beautiful setting is not all they offer. “Mirabelle offers gastronomic, Burgundian cuisine,” says Jonne de Kok, banqueting manager at restaurant Mirabelle. “The menu is full of Cote d’Azur, Southern French, Italian and Belgian dishes.” As soon as the weather becomes nice, the outside terrace gets pleasantly busy. The southern location of the sheltered terrace ensures the perfect spot at lunchtime, coffee time, or even after dinner. A beautiful view of the well-

known garden is visible from both the terrace as well as inside the restaurant. Restaurant Mirabelle is an ideal venue for meetings, celebrations, parties and special events. For some more privacy, there are also two private boardrooms available and the garden room and the blue room, which are partially closed. When seeking somewhere for private meetings, lunches and dinners, this is the place to come. The possibilities are endless, and a high level of quality is always provided. Another key element of restaurant Mirabelle has to be its friendly and highly professional ser-

vice. The staff are knowledgeable, warm and very welcoming. De Kok: “For us it is very important to know our customers well, we always try to find out and remember what they like.”

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