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The Essential Guide to Mons

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Exploring the Best of Mons: Your Guide to Top Sites, Restaurants, Nightlife, and More. From Cultural Experiences to Outdoor Adventures, We'll Help You Make the Most of Your Time in the City.

Welcome to Mons! If you're planning to move to Mons, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Mons has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Mons.

Mons, is a charming city with a rich history and vibrant cultural scene that offers numerous sites of interest for both tourists and locals. The city's most iconic landmark is the Belfry of Mons, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 17th century. Visitors can climb the 366 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Another must-see attraction is the Collegiate Church of Saint Waudru, a stunning example of Brabantine Gothic architecture that houses an impressive collection of religious art and relics.

The Grand Place is the heart of Mons, a lively square surrounded by beautiful historic buildings, including the Town Hall and the Maison du Chapitre. The square is a popular gathering spot for locals and hosts various events and markets throughout the year. Just a short walk from the Grand Place, visitors can explore the narrow streets of the old town, where they will find the picturesque Sainte-Elisabeth Church and the enchanting Jardin du Mayeur, a hidden garden oasis.

Art enthusiasts will enjoy the BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons), a contemporary art museum that showcases both local and international artists. The Mons Memorial Museum is another must-visit, offering a fascinating insight into the city's military history and its role in both World Wars. For those interested in science and technology, the Pass (Parc d'Aventures Scientifiques) is an interactive science center that provides fun and educational experiences for all ages.

As the European Capital of Culture in 2015, Mons boasts a vibrant cultural scene with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. The most famous of these is the Ducasse de Mons, also known as the Doudou, a centuries-old annual celebration that features a lively procession, a reenactment of the battle between Saint George and the dragon, and various other festivities.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Mons is diverse and lively, offering a wide range of dining and entertainment options. One of the most popular restaurants in the city is L'Envers, a trendy eatery that serves creative and delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. For a more traditional Belgian dining experience, visitors can head to La Petite Provence, a cozy bistro that specializes in regional cuisine and offers a selection of Belgian beers.

For a night out on the town, Le Bateau Ivre is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike. This lively bar offers a wide selection of beers, cocktails, and wines, as well as live music and DJ sets on weekends. Another popular spot is La Cervoise, a cozy pub with a warm atmosphere and an extensive menu of Belgian beers. For those looking to dance the night away, Le Lotus is a popular nightclub that hosts various themed nights and attracts a diverse crowd.

Recreational activities in Mons cater to a wide range of interests and preferences. Nature lovers can enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the Parc du Waux-Hall, a beautiful park located in the heart of the city. The park also features a playground, a mini-golf course, and a skate park, making it a popular destination for families and sports enthusiasts.

For those interested in sports, the Stade Charles Tondreau is a multi-purpose stadium that hosts various sporting events, including football matches and athletics competitions. The city also boasts several fitness centers and sports clubs, such as the JIMS fitness center and the Mons Padel Club, where locals can engage in activities like padel tennis, squash, and badminton.

Cultural activities are also popular in Mons, with numerous theaters, cinemas, and concert venues offering a diverse range of performances and events. The Théâtre Royal de Mons and the Maison Folie are two of the city's main cultural hubs, hosting theater productions, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year. For movie buffs, the Imagix Mons is a modern cinema complex that screens the latest international releases, as well as independent films and documentaries.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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