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Leuven for beer buffs and foodies

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Do your customers enjoy a trip full of delicious food, cosiness, and authentic experiences? Leuven has a lot to offer foodies and beer buffs alike. In addition to the city’s two breweries, there are several beer experiences, tastings, great restaurants, and trendy coffee bars. These tips will help make your city trip into a delicious experience!

BEER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Beer tasting in Leuven

We like to call ourselves the capital of beer. But why is that? Because there is nowhere else in the world that brews as much beer as we do. The AB-InBev headquarters and the Stella Artois brewery are very close to the Leuven city centre. Resources such as water, malt, hop, and yeast are transformed into delectable pilsners using state-of-the-art techniques. But things are done quite a bit differently at the Domus Brauhaus, a small-scale home brewery in the historic city centre that is directly connected to its own pub. Visit the brewery of your choosing and discover the fascinating brewing process in detail.

INNOVATION AND BEER

Leuven Innovation Beer Festival

Every April, craft breweries from all around the world come to Leuven for the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. Because beer is innovative. From the ingredients and the recipes to the techniques that are used and the packaging. Are you not in Leuven during this festival? Then become a Belgian beer culture expert during a beer sampling tour, a tasting, or a beer pairing. Taste these beer experiences and more in Leuven.

DELICIOUS DINING WITH BEER

Beer experience Leuven

Not only do many restaurants in the city have an extensive list of beers, they also have special beer menus. The menus include dishes made with beer. Or are a fantastic flavour experience due to the perfectly paired beers for each dish. You will also receive a detail explanation of the pairing. These are the places to be for a beer-based restaurant experience.

UPGRADED INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE

De Smidse

Two old industrial buildings have been given a new life as a food court. The Smidse, once the smithy for the Stella Artois brewery, is an indoor market with high-quality, traditionally crafted foodstuffs. Hal 5 is a former railway workshop close to the train station. It has been transformed into a food court with food stalls.

TRENDY PLACES AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM

Elsen Kaas Leuven

The Word paints a portrait of 100 Leuven locals and their stories. Local foodies who have blazed their own trails as independent coffee roasters, opening their own restaurants, running an authentic cheese shop, or whipping up extraordinary chocolate creations. Discover the projects lying close to the hearts of these passionate Leuven locals.