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Indian Restaurants in Leuven

by srivastava

Is there any Indian Restaurant near hotel Novotel in Leuven?

Re: Indian Restaurants in Leuven

by bekerovka

I know only this : Worldkitchen, Wilselsesteenweg 321, 3010 LEUVEN, tel + 32 (0)16 44 41 01, website: www.worldkitchen.be
but I don't know the distance between Novotel and the restaurant.
Ciao, Marco

Re: Indian Restaurants in Leuven

by srivastava

I tried the following Indian restaurants in Leuven:

1) Chef's House
Naamsestraat 51
B-3000 Leuven
+32 16 23 91 50

2) Himalaya Restaurant
Tiensevest 14, 3000
Leuven, Belgie
+32-16-29 39 89

I found both are the worst in the city. I found the following to be reasonable:

Café Hindustani
Tiensestraat 48, 3000 Leuven
+32-16-22 98 68

Travel Tips for Leuven

Town hall

by a005116

This is Louvain, the town where I live. The town hall is one of the most famous buildings here in this student city. Tradition has it that the first Town Hall of Leuven was situated in Old Market Square. The second was located on the Great Market Square of Leuven. It had its place in a row of houses in front of St. Peter's Church, but outside the present building line. The construction of the present Town Hall started in 1439. Even the people of Antwerp or Brugge will admit that this one is more beautifull than theirs and even maybe the nicest one of Western Europe, exept of Melkouwen than.

University life

by DanielF

The Catholic Universtiy of Leuven is the oldest in Belgium. Some decades ago it was the object of a bitter discusion between the Flemish and the French speaking communities in Belgium.

Although Leuven is in Flanders, the language most broadly used in the University used to be French. When the Flemish nationalist movement begun to get stronger, they requested that the language of the University should be Dutch. Unable to find a compromise, the French speaking community decided to create a new town and a new University in the Walloon Brabant: Louvain la neuve.

The Univercity

by a005116

The Univercity is of course the reason why many foreigners know Leuven. It is one of the oldest still existing catholic universities in the world, founded in 1425. The univercity buildings are not concentrated in one building, but in many locations in and around the city.

The students make of Louvain a mess, but they also make louvain live. There's always something to do...

Go to a bakery on Sunday morning

by Christophe_Ons

Belgians are fairly old fashioned when it comes to their "guaranteed off-day" : Sunday.
It's a typical day for family visits/activities, dining out, or just kicking back at home. Practically all shops are closed. Services like banks and the post office are closed all weekend, a few exceptions (on Saturday morning only) set aside.

One thing you'll often see on Sunday mornings is people eagerly waiting at the bakery to place their order. A lot of people buy fresh bread at the bakery every day, but on Sundays it's customary to get your breakfeast rolls (either sandwiches or "pistolets", which are small round buns), maybe a pie and/or or a few "patisserie" items, which are pastries chock full of whipped cream or butter cream (cream au beurre) and/or pudding, chocolate, powder sugar and other extremely fattening ingredients. Needles to say those are delicious if you have a sweet tooth. Moreover, Belgians have this thing with chocolate, you know ...

You will basically find a good bakery in every main street of the city center. Don't hesitate to go into a place that looks busy - most of them are on a Sunday morning - that way you'll at least have time to look at the goods in the display before they take your order.
Meanwhile, see what those beefy, elderly women standing in line before you order and stuff down the huge tote bags they always seem to be carrying around. Observe and learn.

It rains ALOT

by SLM73

What do you need? Coming from China perhaps, but I have found clothing and shoes to be very expensive here in Leuven. Bring the stuff from home. You must bring a jacket regardless of the time of year you visit plus an umbrella as it rains alot. Good walking shoes are a must because the city is really well designed for getting out into nature on well marked paths. You can pick up walking maps at the In and Uit Tourist office. Will add the address soon. You can get anything you want here. There are chemists that sell just about everything PLUS they usually speak pretty good english. Supermarkets are plentiful. In the main street, near the FochPlein (city centre) there is a MATCH supermarket where you can also buy pre-made sandwiches but for only a tad bit extra I suggest going into a deli and getting one made fresh.

Coffee shops are plentiful. If you are staying for any amount of time then get the customer reward cards offered at places like Foodmaker and Panos. Plenty of shops in Leuven for camera / video equipment. The biggest (and expensive) is FNAC which is a chain in Belgium. It is on the main road between the train station and the Foch Plein. No Beach, don't know about camping. Lots of day trips though. You can hire a push bike that can accomodate three or four kids plus an adult or two... I know, you should see them going past. I always stop for a gawk. You can rent these bikes. The buses are great. Buy your ticket at the bus station (big red building next to train station) and save money. On the bus you can buy for 2 euros but it is 1.5 if bought beforehand. If you are staying any length of time buy a monthly ticket. It cost 26.5 euros and is fantastic value as you can catch any DeLign Bus ANYWHERE anytime in Belgium. Three or fours days of getting around on buses and you have covered your costs. You need an address so just give the address of the hotel you are staying.

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