Leuven, locate in Flemish Brabant, is a very lively town in Belgium. In addition to that it holds the world's largest and oldest universities, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven(KUL). More than a half of its population is consisted of students. The world's biggest beer supplier company also locates in Leuven. This is a city of academic, catholic, young energy, and beers!
This town hall is Leuven's pride and one of the most famous Gothic-style town halls worldwide. It was built between 1448 and 1469, and the 236 statues themselves are relatively recent, dating from after 1850. Every third Saturday of the month you can visit the cellars under the town hall.
Adress: Grote Markt 9, 3000 Leuven
Opening Hours(individual tour in English): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15.00/ Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 15.30
Price(individual tour): 4€ for a guided tour+ booklet
Website: book from here
Build mainly in the 15th century but never had been completed. Same as for the library, in 1914 a fire caused the collapse of the roof and in 1944 a bomb destroyed part of the northern side.
If you are not KU Leuven student or Belgian student, you need to take an individual tour which you can go also up to the library tower. This library was severely damaged by the world war, so you will learn what happened especially during the world war I in Belgium.
Adress: Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven
Opening Hours(individual tour in English): Mondays to Fridays 10.00-19.00/ Weekends 10.00-17.00
Price(individual visit): 7€
Website: book from here
Just in front of the library, you can find this big square. Every weekend, there are some market with food trucks, and many events are held here such as Christmas market. In summer, many cafes will open their terrace so it's a nice place to chill with a drink. On Brussels street(Brussels straat), on Thursday and Friday, there are flower, fruits, food market as well. The totem is called Jan Fabre's Beetle Totem was created on occasion of the 575th anniversary of the university at Louvain. This surreal view is the university's pre-eminent icon of knowledge and science.
The collection is mainly focused on the art production in Leuven and Brabant from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. M also holds temporary exposition mixing contemporary artworks and old masterpieces.
Adress: Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Opening Hours: daily 11.00-18.00/ Thursday 11.00-22.00/ closed on Wednesday
Price: adult 12€/ 19 - 25 years old 5€
Website: book from here
SInce Leuven has a large young population, it holds also stylish and cozy cafes. Here we introduce some of them, out of a lot of lovely cafes. If you are searching for a casual place where you can talk with your friends, Cafe Onan would be the one. Cafe Onan has various selection of tea.
Adress: Parijsstraat 28, 3000 Leuven
Opening Hours: daily 8.30-18.00/ Sunday 12.00-17.45
Anna cafe can hold diversity of people with many types of seats. When you are with some children, or you want to study, or you just want to talk with your friend..here is the place where you can take a break and have some nice coffee.
Adress: Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 27, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday 8.00-18.00/ Thursday 8.00-20.00/ Weekend 9.00-18.30
If you want to eat at a fancy restaurant, around the center of Leuven is a good place. Many good restaurants locates in the grote markt and muntstraat so you can walk and compare the menu.
Adress: Grote Markt 10, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00-1.00
Domus has its reputation from local students for its reasonable price but good food. They serves various Belgian traditional food and also Domus house beers!
Adress: Tiensestraat 8, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-23.00/ Friday and Saturday 9.00-1.00/ Sunday 9.00-23.00/ closed on Mondays
The Beer Capital is a beer hall located in Leuven. If you have already enjoyed the most popular beers and want to try something else, come and enjoy some special beers in Leuven!
Adress: Grote Markt 14, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 15.00-00.00/ Friday and weekends 12.00-1.00
They holds 20 tap beers including some interesting brands which you cannot get everywhere, and permanent stock of over 500 bottled beers from over 150 different Belgian breweries.
This is a central square to drink, and go out for dancing. There are always full of students especially on Thursday, since people often go back home by train after Friday. You will be surprised how lively this place is and feel like back time, or you can enjoy drinking in a cozy beer cafe here.