Diest, my tasteful city
A city good enough to eat
What makes a successful city trip? Fantastic food. Pleasant terraces. Great purchases. Surprising shops. Tasty regional products. Friendly people. Diest has it all. Enjoy, and above all... feast!
We should start off with a warning. Walking through Diest can be dangerous for your wallet. Everywhere you look, you will find fun gadgets and surprising outfits. Large, well-known Large, famous chains stores can be found in the Hasseltsestraat. The 'Koning Albertstraat' street surprises with original Diest specialty shops, but the rest of the city centre also tempts you with irresistible shop windows.
Tip! Diests Cadoosje
A gift voucher packaged as a small handbag. More than a hundred traders in Diest accept the voucher: from boutiques to Brasseries and specialty shops. You can recognise them by the 'Diests Cadoosje' sticker in the shop window. An ideal gift for anyone who shops in Diest.
The 'Grote Markt' (market square)
The city's beating heart. This is where past aesthetics and the present come together. At the foot of the 17th and 18th century buildings, colourful terraces look out onto the neoclassical town hall and the gigantic St Sulpitius Church with its tiny tower. Within walking distance of the shopping streets, this is the ideal location to prepare for your bargain hunt and to discuss your finds over a drink afterwards.
For beer lovers
The brewing industry in Diest thrived during the 17th century. Breweries bubbled up everywhere along the Demer River. The beer buzz peaked at the end of the 19th century with 18 active breweries exporting their brews to locations as far afield as Algeria, Cape Verde and Martinique. These days, Diest taps into another source but the foaming legacy is still present everywhere in the cityscape just like the typical Diest beers that still lubricate many a throat in the cosy, traditional dark brown pubs.
Tip! Visit Loterbol
Every first Saturday of the month, café-brewery Loterbol opens its doors to the public. From 4 pm, you will be able to sample and learn about the House Beers in the cafe's tasting area.
Info: De Loterbol, Michel Theysstraat 58 A, Diest. www.loterbol.be