De Werf

Cafe in Leuven

With an extensive tree-shaded terrace, this rambling student classic uses road signs, lanterns and very rough walls dangling with builders' tools to add character. Remarkably low prices keep the crowds coming for back-to-basics fare including wraps, salads, pastas and 'chowders' (like vol-au-vents but with a crusty bread casing).

Small appetite? Then opt for a half-sized 'children's portion', as long as you're under 99 years old (if not don't worry, they rarely check IDs…). Cash only, no bookings, cheap beers, and yes, that kitchen roll on the table really is your serviette.