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Cafes in Leuven

A selection of the cafes and restaurants we have sampled in Leuven.

Updated June 7, 2009
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  1. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Cafe Piazza feels a bit like a Belgian version of a Sports Bar, the bar area at the front and tables at the back, dominated by a wide-screen TV with some sports channel or another on it. I had a vegetarian lasagna, which was good but nothing special,…
  2. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    De Dry Coppen is a gorgeous little bookstore a few streets from the town square of Leuven. The bookstore has a good selection of Dutch and English language titles, with an emphasis on literature and travel. Possibly more than a bookstore, De Dry Copp…
  3. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Il Fornello Pizzeria is a small Italian restaurant on the Oude Markt. It was pleasant and friendly, we were given a nice table on the top floor, overlooking the street, with a candle-lit dinner and an offer of limoncello on the house following our me…
  4. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Maestro Gelato is a trendy ice cream cafe at the head of Oude Markt, the main pub street of Leuven. It is an upmarket gelato store with good, but not necessarily great, gelato for a couple of Euros. They have a few unusual flavours too - I tried Red …
  5. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Restaurant Basecamp is a nice Nepalese Tandoori restaurant just around the corner from the Town Hall. The food is quite good, great garlic naan, with dishes around 10-12 euro each and beer starting from 2 euro. It is nice how much effort they have go…
  6. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    De Rector is meant to be one of the hot night scenes along Oude Markt, the student drinking street in Leuven. To me this makes it strange that it is also a respectable dining venue, with an excellent layout, decent food, good beer and excellent desse…
  7. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    I take back what I was saying about Pizza in Belgium - La vecchia Napoli served up the first truly excellent pizza I have had since moving here. Huge selection of pizzas (nothing else) which all sounded excellent. Around 10 euro or so for a (large) p…
  8. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Another nice cafe on Oude Markt, this one has Spanish tapas and Italian mains. The food was excellent (I had vegetarian lasagna, Lydia had lasagna) and of course the beers were magnificent. It is a nice atmosphere when the weather is good, as all the…
  9. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Maestro Gelato is the most central place to get ice-cream, right in the middle of the sights. Luckily, James put me onto this new place, 't Galetji, which is only a few minutes walk away. Today we were wandering near by, and with the sun out heating …
  10. Average priced "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Leuven, Belgium
    I'm told by the beautiful young things that the Seven Oaks is the actual trendy night-spot in Leuven, Oude Markt is sooo blase. We stumbled across the place by chance after a fair few beers. It isn't the most obvious location, up a small alley (Ha…
  11. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    When we were showing Elle around Leuven and she mentioned how she loved real hot chocolate, this is the place we took her to. It is in Grote Markt, overlooking the old townhall, so it is a little pricey but still good value. The attraction, of course…
  12. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    I've been treating the cafes along Oude Markt as pretty much interchangeable. The seating all merges into the same delightful atmosphere, so why sit at one place over another? They each have a pretty similar selection of beers and (if they do food) i…
  13. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    Himalaya is another Nepalese restaurant in Leuven (the other is Basecamp in the town centre). This one is just outside the train station. As it is open until 11pm six nights a week it is quite handy for a nice meal after a long day out (or just feeli…
  14. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    I have to say, when I saw the Thai House I didn’t have high expectations, guessing it would be along the lines of greasy take-away Chinese or something. This made the food that came out an unexpected delight. The vegetarian options were really limi…
  15. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    With Michelle and Grant in town we wanted to show them the dynamic range of Belgian beers available. Lydia is a big fan of the Kwak, not so much for the taste (she prefer the more fruity lambics) but mostly because of the interesting shape of the gla…
  16. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Leuven, Belgium
    We tried out the House of Lalibela for a lab dinner. A few people were reluctant to eat with their fingers and were suspicious of the food descriptions, but everyone really enjoyed their meals. The food is simple, just a large pancake shared between …
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