Leuven’s rich student vibe brings with it a revolving door of younger generations. A colourful reflection of this are the numerous and trendy cafés that mushroom out of every corner. Forget about the brown cafés and libraries because today’s student is found sitting on a beanbag with a cappuccino in one hand while manoeuvring a laptop with the other. Read more below for an impression of the hotspots in this Belgian university town.
Next to being Belgium’s student capital, Leuven has much more to offer when it comes to upcoming hotspots. Read more and find the trendiest places in the city!
Burgers, burgers and more burgers
The burger trend hasn’t escaped Leuven, and one thing remains true: burgers continue to score high on the trendsetting list and are above all, tasty.Even more so when served with a gastronomical twist. In Leuven they can be found in all sizes and sorts ranging from meat to fish and vegetarian. Head to Burger Folie on the Muntstraat 2-4 or Huis der Burgers on Tiensestraat 26 for the tastiest gourmet samples.
Breakfast in style at BAR STAN
If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner then be sure to make your way to BAR STAN. This trendy neighbourhood bar has an approachable and laid back atmosphere with walls decorated in creative works by local artists. The doors are open any time of the day except for Saturdays. Tip: order a food basket for a delightful picnic in the park across the street! Spend the evenings sipping on cocktails or a pint, or pick a comfortable spot to enjoy a brunch buffet on Sunday. BAR STAN is situated on the Constantin Meunierstraat number 2.
Not your average cup
Nearing that time of the day for a coffee or tea break? Then head to one of the following coffee or teahouses where you’re granted the finest cup of both. Punto Café on the L. Vanderkelenstraat 17a houses the best coffees and smoothies according to many Leuvenians. Delicious homemade cakes and bagels are also found on the menu. Koffie Onan on the Parijstraat 28 is another heaven for coffee lovers. The shop is filled with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, grounded and poured right on the spot. For a pleasant surprise, treat yourself to the coffee of the month or a heavenly cup of tea and a pastry. Looking for an X-factor next to your coffee or tea experience? Then head to Barbóék on the Schrijnmakersstraat 17 where two brilliant elements are brought together, coffee and books! Find a cosy corner in the book/coffee shop or patio and lose yourself in the pages together with a hot cup of java.
Summer highlight atop the M
During the summer months the rooftop terrace of Museum Leuven (M for short) transforms into pop-up bar BAR|A|MUZE. A perfect way to end the day in style while overlooking Leuven’s skyline. Keep an eye on the museum’s agenda for dates and times for an unforgettable rooftop party!