This is where I get my sandwiches - if I don't make them myself, let that be clear! They call themselves a gourmet sandwich café and rightly so. This is not your average uninspired baguette. High quality ingredients and original combinations; French/Mediterranean touch. Nice atmosphere but the terrace can be windy. Closed July - mid August. Prices in the € 2.50 - 3.90 range. Just slightly more expensive than average but worth it.
Favorite Dish: There's too many. Baguettes with home made poached salmon salad! With grilled chicken in roquefort sauce! With goat's cheese, honey vinaigrette and black olives! And so on!
Although Leuven is the home of internationally operating brewing empire InBev, formerly known as Interbrew, you can get a good beer that has nothing to do with this dubious firm. A local brewpub called Domus offers a wide selection of beers from other breweries, mostly Belgian of course, and also three made in their own brewery and only available here. Con Domus and Nostra Domus (you get the jokes?) are two of them, but the first time I tried the stronger third one, Engel ("angel"), which has a nice bittersweet taste with a slight hint of nuts. This one is available only from October until April. It's excellent. At my second visit I tried Con Domus. This is advertized as an unfiltered pilsner. I was a bit disappointed; it didn't look unfiltered to me, it looked clear as water. It tastes like a regular lager too, perhaps a little more bitter, but still a bit too mediocre for my taste. The kind of beer that many people drink in large quantities, something that I never do. My third visit gave me the chance to try Nostra Domus. Again it's a darker beer. A bit bitterish, a bit sweet with a slightly burned aftertaste. Nice one, but Engel is the absolute winner here.
Oh, and you can eat here too, from a simple breakfast to a vast meal for dinner. I had a simple lunch the first time, an Uitsmijter, two slices of bread with eggs with cheese and ham on top. On a later occassion I tried the macaroni. It's to die for.
Unfortunately it took us a couple of visits until we discovered the non-smoking section in the back. It's too small but I'm glad it is there at all. If only they would make it clearer that it is there.
And there even seems to be an alternative for the previous place. Het Pleidooi proudly advertises with its Pilsner Urquel and other superior beers.
As a Thai visiting Leuven for 7 days, I ate there everyday. Foods in Thai House, Leuven are real Thai. If you cannot get to Thailand, Thai House is the restaurant where you can get real Thai foods. When ordering, be sure to tell the chef to prepare your foods "Thai style," though.
Favorite Dish: 1. Plaa Raad Prig--Trout covered in red Thai curry.
2. Tomyum Goong--Hot and sour shrimp soup.
3. Phad Kaprao Goong--Shrimps sauted in hot sauce with basil leaves.
4. Goong Phad Kratiem Prigthai--Shrimps sauted in garlic and pepper sauce.
They all were simply delicious.
After all those explanations, we deserved a little something to fill our stomachs, so we walked the Tiensestraat to reach the restaurant Herberg Domus, where we found local specialties to eat. Almost everyone chose to try the “stofvlees met Domus bier”, a plate of flemish carbonades cooked in the beer Domus.
Domus is the local beer of Leuven, so we tried three different sorts of the brand : Con Domus (pils), Nostra Domus (amber) and Engel (dark).
It is a nice place to come with your friends and family to have something to eat or just sit down and have a Belgium beer, a nice place, calm and very nice brick-bar. Check it out and let me know!
Favorite Dish: I like to go here for a beer!
Hungry in Leuven, please find yourself a table in this Thai restaurant, stylish decorated, with Thai decorations and elephants, great food, pleasant friendly service, normal or even cheap priced dishes. Easy to find near the centre of Leuven, in the area are several hotels and shops, lots of old beautiful churches and buildings of the past. Color inside of the restauant is natural, wood, linnen, Tom Yam tastes really like you are in BKK city again.
Favorite Dish: Tom Yam Koong
De Kansel has a few things that make it highly recommended in my book : no-nonsense food at a decent price, friendly staff and a beautiful setting.
The word "kansel" means pulpit and they actually have one in the restaurant, among other antique, neo-gothic church furniture and stained glass. There is even a vague smell of incense. If you appreciate the Leuven atmosphere and architecture, you'll love it - I think it's a wonderful, cozy little restaurant.
While the menu may seem a bit generic and uninspired ar first glance, the food is surprisingly good. For a typical regional dish, try the "Leuvens Stoofvlees", a delicious, slightly sweet and tender beef stew - great with fries.
Location is a plus, being just a two minute walk from the Oude and Grote Markt.
open mon-fri 12:00-22:30, sat 12:00-24:00
sundays only in June - July - August.
Thomas Stapleton - only steps away from the Grote and Oude Markt - is widely regarded as the best Irish pub and (separate) restaurant in the area. If you'd like to enjoy a selection of whiskeys or beers like Guiness, Kilkenny etc. on draft, or would like to have a tasty, sumptuous Irish meal - this is the place to go. The interior is at the same time quite stunning, cozy and inviting. Live music on Saturdays. Recommended.
De Wiering is a tavern/restaurant which focuses on local cuisine - for instance meat stews made with Belgian beers, and typically Belgian desserts like Brussels waffels - and they have 60 or so beer varieties to choose from. So, just like Domus (see first tip), this is a good spot to sample some typical, Belgian no-nonsense cuisine. They also serve seafood, grilled meat dishes, pastas, and so on. Prices are moderate and the setting is quite nice : the back side of the building overlooks the Dyle river (see pic). You can view the menu (including English translation) on their web site : here
Kapsiki offers affordable and excellent "world kitchen" and has ten or so vegetarian dishes, as well. Great food, plenty of variety and good service at moderate prices. Beautiful setting and nice ambience, as well - and it's just around the corner of the Oude Markt where you can get a drink afterwards, if you wish.
Opening hours : 12:00-23:00 daily,
closed on Monday afternoon & Sunday afternoon.
Domus is a Leuven institution. The tavern with first floor and mezzanine seats over 300, yet it's cozy with an intimate atmosphere (check their web site for some interior pictures). Out on the terrace, which seats over 150 - there are frequent live shows of bands (during summer months). As for food, you can get rolls and sandwiches (Belgian or American breakfast is served from 9:00-12:00), pastas, salads, and anything from snacks like omelettes to full menus, desserts, and plentry to drink ... A good reason to visit is not just the available selection of 60 beers, but the fact Domus is known for having its own brewery (tours of the brewery available to groups of 15 or more people, call ahead to reserve), they produce ca. 1000 hl anually of the following, unique beers (alcohol percentage and beer type between brackets) :
- Leuvendige Witte (4,5%, white)
- Nostra Domus (5%, extra)
- Con Domus (5%, bitter)
- Abt Bijbier (7%, extra herb/honey/vegetable)
- Blok-bok (7%, dark "bok")
- Ochtend Kriek (7%, fruit)
- St. Adriaansbier (7%, extra)
- St. Adriaans Kerstbier (8%, double dark)
- Engel (8%, double dark)
This is a terrific restaurant. The atmosphere is edgy and exciting, but also dark and cozy. Ombre ou Soleil is owned by a man who is living his dream of owning such a restaurant. He will come out and talk to you, even talk recipes if you're interested. The food is atypical, as in all the recipes are original and experimental. The presentation of the food itself is beautiful and enticing, such that you feel that by eating the dish you are participating in a work of art. Like there's an unspoken message: "The construction of this food is so important to us, eat it well!"
Favorite Dish: I had stingray when I was there, which is not a dish I had eaten before nor come across since. It was cooked perfectly, and I think used a balsamic reduction sauce, which is hard to make I hear. The flavours were complex and unfolded like rose petals, one within the other. It was evident that all aspects of the dish were considered: No sense was left wanting. Truly fine dining. Not too pricey either!
A nice place, but they won't cash traveller's cheques for you so don't ask. Like most nice restaurants in Leuven, it's small and personal. The atmosphere is nice, and what food I had there was DELICIOUS. Also, the staff are very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Oh, man. I just had an apetizer but it was soooo good. It was a ball of baked goat cheese with spices and honey, and walnuts I believe. So good! If you happen upon this place, just go in and get it!
This street is just ram-packed full of delicious restaurants of all (most) price ranges. Walking down this little cobbled pedestrian avenue, you can smell all sorts of delectable quisine wafting out from each door. In the summertime there are several chairs outside each restaurant, so you can actually see what people are eating! So much better than looking at a menu in the window!
Just follow your nose to satisfy your culinary cravings...
Old Market Square is my favourite place in Leuven.
I really like sitting at bar or restaurant terraces during spring or summer time drinking a bear or having a meal with friends and look around.
You never get bored there! And that's why it is called 'The greatest bar of Western Europe'