Old Market Square, Leuven

4.4
Known for its nightlife, Old Market Square boasts over 40 cafes and bars. Choose from a range of spots, from casual to elegant, and during peak season watch the crowds of locals and visitors chatting over drinks. Students often frequent the less expensive bars on the side streets that branch off from the square. Head to one of these hideaways for inexpensive refreshment with a bohemian ambiance. For people-watching, consider finding a spot in the square where you can relax and take in the historical architecture and passersby. Plan to visit Old Market Square and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Leuven attractions using our Leuven online holiday planner.
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  • Its like a big bar that can fit 4000 people. Great atmosphere with the crowds and drinking beer and enjoying themselves. I visited during pandemic and it was empty but i can imagine how great in...  more »
  • Nice place with bars to hang out with friends. Especially if you are a teen college goer. We usually go if friends come to visit from outside. A bit noisy at night with too many drunk teen people...  more »
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  • Old market which is now just laden with terraces to have a drink. If it rains, it's dead. If it doesn't rain, this is just the place to be to kick back and have a beer, have some fun, sit down a spell. You're in the middle of the city center here, so hey, just go. Lovely buildings here too.
  • Very quiet on weekdays, during the afternoons. Place was very cute and charming. There are a load of bars and restaurants, prices were alright. Wouldn’t consider them too cheap nor too expensive. Some of them weren’t open though during the time of our visit. Overall nice place to relax on a nice sunny afternoon.
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