“For me, Leuven is the ideal shopping afternoon with friends”

Celeste, medical student about her YES Leuven feeling.

23 January 2023

Carefree and chatty, that is the least we can say about medical student Celeste. She now knows the city inside out and she loves that everything is near, both in a literal and figurative way. “I have been in Leuven for 5 years now. The Oude Markt, the Mechelsestraat, the Vaart, etc. I think Leuven is ideal for shopping because everything is so close. You can simply visit all the shops at your leisure for an entire afternoon and have a drink in between. Ideal for a shopping afternoon with friends or with mum!”

The coffee that makes you feel at home

“What I like? Going somewhere for breakfast or brunch, I'm always in for that. Or simply walking through the streets of Leuven, from one shop to another. And then enjoy a coffee or tea at Madmum coffee bar – pure bliss! I’ve spent so many hours here with my girlfriends. There are loads of great memories, we often come here to chat, laugh … Madmum is good at this: bringing people together around the best coffee there is, in a place where they feel at home."

Those irresistible shops (eye-roll)

Like so many other shoppers in Leuven, Celeste cannot resist the temptations of the city. Juttu, for example, appears to be one of her favourite shopping addresses. No wonder: fashion, gifts, food, decoration … it’s all there. “When I pass by on Bondgenotenlaan, I often can’t resist dropping in here. Recently I bought a dress to take to Lake Como. My first holiday with my boyfriend,” she concludes with a cheerful laugh.