Bistro in Leuven


On the other side of the canal-like Dijle, this smart, modern bistro occupies the courtyard of an 18th-century hospital complex that's now home to a number of arts organisations. It's particularly lovely when the we…
Pub Food in Leuven


Reminiscent of a rambling old-English country pub, this brewery-café has heavy beams and rough-plastered part-brick walls generously adorned with photos, paintings and assorted knickknacks. It’s great for sandwiches…
Italian in Leuven

La Divina Commedia

Bright, molto-authentic Italian wine bar that does morning croissants with jam and ricotta and, later, southern Italian–style plates to accompany its excellent all-Italian wine list. A takeaway window sends out past…
Burgers in Leuven

Burger Folie

Outside tables stretch to both sides of the street and two large whitewashed shopfronts fill up fast. Why the fuss? Burgers here are made from beef from the famous Belgian producer Jos Theys, chips are cooked the tr…
Cafe in Leuven

Streekgasthof Wagenhuis

Facing Kasteel van Horst's drawbridge is this café-restaurant, a high-roofed antique barn with giant A-frame beams and revealed areas of old brickwork beneath the whitewash. It's great for a drink or afternoon ice c…
Belgian in Leuven


High-quality, locally sourced ingredients are used in interesting combinations at Zarza, and it also offers well-priced matched wines or beer (from €24). While the place is stylish, the atmosphere is not overly form…
Cafe in Leuven

De Werf

Road signs, lanterns and creeper-draped frontage on a tree-lined square and some organic ingredients add character to this otherwise back-to-basics student favourite (yes, kitchen roll is used for serviettes).
Vegetarian in Leuven


This sweet vegetarian eatery with garden terrace is hidden in a pretty residential street facing Stadspark. The menu changes daily; add €2 for a glass of wine.