This site used to be a renowned flower shop, "Amadeus". A few years ago, Nuances home decoration/furnishing moved in. It's a beautiful store.
What to buy: lamps, decoration, tableware, furniture
What to pay: moderate to expensive
The Jewelry label "Twice As Nice" was founded 20 years ago, yet there are already over 40 stores throughout Belgium. The company prides itself in offering "fashionable, affordable yet classy jewelry for women of all ages".
note : they have a second address inside the INNO Department Store, which is located in Diestsestraat (shopping area parallel to Bondgenotenlaan) at n° 67-73 (phone : (0032) (0)16 / 22 90 11
What to buy: For pictures of the latest collection, check on : http://www.twiceasnice.be/Dutch/neglobal.htm
What to pay: Most of the available jewelry ranges from inexpensive to moderately priced - good value for money.
United Brands used to be called PM Sports and has been around for two decades. The UB store in Leuven only opened a few years ago.
Whether your thing is tennis, skiing, snowboarding, playing soccer - or whether you just like active lifestyle clothing, United Brands has a vast selection available, they carry over 80 brands. The focus, however, is on wintersports (they also rent and service ski's and snowboards).
What to buy: Brands include Fila, Quicksilver, Umbro, O'Neill, Puma, Adidas, Champion, Scott USA, Reebok, Speedo, Atomic, Eastpak, Nike, Oxbow, ... the works.
What to pay: hmm... You should know by now that sports is an expensive hobby.
One of the bigger "parfumeries" - if not the biggest - in Leuven. It used to be on the opposite side of the street but recently moved to a new location. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
What to buy: Very large selection of scent/beauty products.
What to pay: Prices are moderate, not exactly (in-)expensive, then again - this is not a discount store. You may find certain products cheaper when shopping around, then again the selection here is hard to beat for a store in a mid-size town like Leuven.
For everyone who enjoys good cooking, good eating or just good living; you will always find just the right gift at Oil & Vinegar. They offer an extensive range of original, delicious culinary gifts, and many of these can be sampled in the shop. Almost all of their products can be specially wrapped, making a gift into a feast in itself.
Moreover, you can always have your special oil and vinegar containers (re-)filled at Oil & Vinegar with your favourite product.
What to buy: They have special olive oils (more than 25 varieties), different types of vinegar, dressings, olives, dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, various types of pesto, bruschetta, herbs and spices, chutneys, pasta in a wide range of colours, types and sizes, and so on. They also carry characteristic wines from South Africa.
As well as culinary products, you will find a range of associated articles at Oil & Vinegar. From authentic Spanish oil jars to handmade serviette rings, from decorative pasta dishes and inspirational cookbooks to candles and hand-decorated place-mats.
What to pay: Prices are moderate to expensive, but you get what you pay for.
This bookstore chain originates from Holland and has been around for a century. They have discounted (from publisher's overstocks) and second hand books on offer - including antiques, even.
What to buy: There's a wide selection of books available, neatly sorted by subject over a total of 5 floors (including ground level and basement). I like the art and architecture sections, and I've also seen a few interesting (photo-) books (including English ones) on Belgium/Flanders. Well worth a look before buying books elsewhere.
What to pay: De Slegte says their discounts on unused books are between 20 and 80%... As in most discount stores, quality varies greatly - but there are some great bargains to be had.
Boeken Voordeel is a store that sells inexpensive books, videos/DVD's, greeting cards, calendars, stationary and other paper goods.
What to buy: It's a good place to pick up some Leuven postcards if you'd need any.
What to pay: Inexpensive. Especially for the postcards you'll certainly pay more elsewhere.
De Toekan (toucan) can best be descibed as an "ethnic gift shop" where you can buy mostly handmade products. While the store isn't that big, it takes a while to go through all the nooks and crannies - but it's fun.
What to buy: Men's / women's clothing / apparel (mainly from Asian countries), handmade jewelery, paper goods, incense, figurines, dolls, and all sorts of little nic nacs.
What to pay: inexpensive to moderate prices
Ok so we belgians are know for our chocolate. We have different known brands. Leonidas being one of the most famous and relatively cheap. When we have people visiting from other countries we usually buy them some and they just can't stop eating them. A japanese visitor even managed to finish a whole box in between dinner courses! But NOTHING prepares you for chocolate from this little store, they are just out of this world good. They are all house made and come in many different flavours, raspberry truffles anyone? It should say "Heaven" on the window!
What to buy: I like the white truffles most.
What to pay: 8 euros for 250 grams
This shop sells handmade glassware, lamps, jewelry, and more gifts. Some of it with an Oriental / Middle Eastern touch. Cozy, funky little store.
What to buy: If you want a unique gift, you should stay off the main two shopping streets (Bondgenotenlaan and Diestsestraat) and take a walk in some of the sidestreets in the center. That's where you'll find little shops like this one.
What to pay: Oxin is moderately priced, no fancy boutique prices.
very elegant antique shop with a warmy welcome from Jean-Paul and Daniël.
Present yourself as a Virtualtourist member for a good bargain.
What to buy: from small to big and from affordable to expansive.
What to pay: As much as you want
Most stores in Leuven, Hasselt and Tournai are in their "final" sale mode. So not a bad time to buy the stuff you need at reduced rates.
Probably the most renowned specialist wine store in Leuven.
What to buy: Despite what the name implies, they also carry other European and overseas wine brands.