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Things to do in Leuven

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Proud of its roots and collection, M dares to experiment. The combination of contemporary art and old masters makes the museum unique in Flanders. Visual culture then and now, all under one roof.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Route
“Biggest bar of Belgium; a medieval square with pubs everywhere. Lot's of outdoor seating in summer. A few pubs are dance pubs as well.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis is the oldest botanical garden of Belgium, dating from 1738. It is situated in the centre of Leuven and measures 2,2 ha.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Beautiful blast into the past of convent style life in Middle Ages. A must see. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Large, popular park with swimming pools, playgrounds, ponds, pedal boats & petting zoo plus cafe.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“STUK builds an arts centre of the future by linking art with education, science, youth work, training and more. STUK takes care for artists and audience, brings them together and look for an active relation between them. That way, STUK wants to be a motor for the arts field. There is also a nice bar. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Nice walk to this old abbey. There is a tearoom/brasserie - www.parkabdij.be”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place of worship
“This historical building is inspiring with its beautiful architecture and extravagant art on it.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Route
“The place to be in Leuven for lunch or dining, a whole street with plenty of cozy restaurants and cushy terraces!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“A beautiful library worth a quick visit. It has a lot of historical meaning, the library was bombed to rubble in WWII and rebuilt with gifts from dozens of US and worldwide universities whose names can be found engraved all over the building.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Delicious local spot for breakfast/lunch/brunch. Healthy food. Good price-quality. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Route
“This 1 kilometre-long stretch of Leuven is explicitly lined with stores selling everything from clothing to household stuff. Worth a visit to soothe your shopping genes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Route
“Bondgenotenlaan and Diestsestraat are the 2 many shopping streets in Leuven. You can also find some nice art and vintage stores in de Mechelsestraat.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Route
“Unesco world heritage; walk around the cobblestone streets of the beguinage of Leuven”
  • 8 locals recommend
Brasserie
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“- A place for a cheap breakfast, lunch or dinner. - Very popular by students. - Big terace - known for it's delicious desserts.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Plaza
“Historic gothic town hall. You can watch fresh married couples on saturday before noon :)”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bakery
“Rustic style cafe that despite being a global chain still manages to be cozy. Large organic menu and most importantly...delicious desserts. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For vegans and vegetarians. They serve a variety of dishes with surprising good tastes. Only pay for what you scoop on your plate. During the summer you can sit next to the waterside.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“My favorite food spot in the center of Leuven. Delicious Italian food-sharing concept, with a great atmosphere. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice restaurant with a lot of healthy and delicious food. You can have breakfast in Bar Louis on fridays and saturdays. Don't forget to make a reservation. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good price for the food you get. You can taste some Belgian food here too! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Great place situated on the Oude Markt, big romantic terrace, for the best cocktails but also for their cheap and lovely dishes!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Home of Felice Miluzzi, best Italian chef of the country according to Gault&Millau.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Café Entrepot the ideal meeting place for culture and art lovers. You can enjoy a budget-friendly drink, lunch or dinner. They also give breakfast during the week and even on sundays. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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