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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.
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.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The biggest museum of Leuven is an interesting stop when exploring the city.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“A stroll around this botanical garden of Leuven make for a lovely discovery when traveling in this part of Belgium. It is nicely kept and the gardens are always blooming with seasonal flowers.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Beautiful blast into the past of convent style life in Middle Ages. A must see. ”
  • 16 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. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place of worship
“This historical building is inspiring with its beautiful architecture and extravagant art on it.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Nice walk to this old abbey. There is a tearoom/brasserie - www.parkabdij.be”
  • 8 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
Park
“Large, popular park with swimming pools, playgrounds, ponds, pedal boats & petting zoo plus cafe.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Plaza
“Historic gothic town hall. You can watch fresh married couples on saturday before noon :)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Route
“Unesco world heritage; walk around the cobblestone streets of the beguinage of Leuven”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Best brunch- lunchplace in Leuven! The most things are also biological, local and vegetarian. A surplus: the relax and friendly service!”
  • 8 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
Park
“A big, popular park in the city center. It can get pretty crowded here on a sunny day, but it's a nice spot to relax in the grass, have a picknick or throw a frisbee.”
  • 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

Top restaurants

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
“Een nice place to have a drink, they brew their own beer, and have a lot of choice in local specialities! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
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
“Delicious vegetarian food. There is a limited choice (only 2 plates) but all ingredients are fresh from the market. Also very good cakes & desserts.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“- A fancy italian bar. - Famous for their delicious homemade cocktails, pizza and social bites. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bistro
“Restaurant in the abbey's old mill, super cozy interior and an amazing view on the lakes. Only a few hundred meters away. On occasion you can watch the ancient mill at work.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Great sushi restaurant. There's many in Leuven, but take this one. Fresh food, great 'sushi boats'. Their menu is online and you can order takeaway online too. Ca. EUR 20.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“ One of my favourite places in Leuven! A wine and gourmet Paradise! The staff is really passionated about wine. They suggest you the best wines in combination with the delicious food. A little bit expensive but higly recommended.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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