We start the weekend off with a drink in Hal 5 on Friday evening. These industrial halls were recently renovated and now include a central bar, food stalls, and a lovely terrace..
Saturday begins with a visit to M-Museum Leuven. In addition to the permanent collection, there are always varying temporary exhibitions of old and new art. The building itself is worth a visit if you love architecture.
Afterwards, we pop into the university library for a little bit. We are especially charmed by the Reading Room. We climb to the top to admire the excellent panorama of the city. And with a bit of luck, we may still be able to hear the carillon playing.
For lunch, we’ll either go to Zoff or Sara’s.
In the afternoon, we’ll stroll through the city. Rather than follow any detailed walks, we prefer to pick our own route based on a map of the city. We cross through the municipal park, traverse the Hogeschoolplein, and wind up in the unique Groot Begijnhof. In this ‘city in the city’, you can spend a pleasant time strolling around, taking beautiful photographs.
We head back to the city centre via the Parijsstraat and Mechelsestraat. It’s the perfect route to do a little (window) shopping. These two streets are home to unique boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. We take a break on a terrace on the Oude or Grote Markt. And of course, from here, we’re able to marvel at the incredible Town Hall and Saint Peter’s Church across from it.
We walk towards the Vaartkom via the Sluispark. This area has undergone an incredible metamorphosis in recent years. There’s a creative vibe in the air here and a lot of great places to visit. We eat something at Noordoever or Café Entrepot.
We don’t eat breakfast on Sunday; instead, we have brunch in Bar Stan.
In the afternoon, we rent bicycles and ride around the region. If we had the kids with us, we would go to the Provincial Domain. But now that it’s just the two of us, we opt for some peace and quiet at the gorgeous Park Abbey site. After a visit to the Abbey, we also walk around the ponds outside and enjoy a drink at the brasserie.