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Old Market Square (Oude Markt)

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Address: Old Market Square, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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During the day (if the sun is shining) you can relax, at night the place becomes the best place for bar hopping. Whether you are looking for a cocktail bar, a pub or a dancing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

During the day (if the sun is shining) you can relax, at night the place becomes the best place for bar hopping. Whether you are looking for a cocktail bar, a pub or a dancing cafe there is plenty of choice. Make sure you visit, its close to the town hall anyway.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The restaurants lining this square cater to the student crowd. Ambiance and atmosphere is better than a foodcourt in a mall; the quality the same.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

A square with typical old Dutch/Flemish style buildings with a great atmosphere. You feel right back in the middle ages/early modern times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

This is THE place to hang out in Leuven on warm evenings with friends. Once dubbed the 'longest bar in the world' the Oude Markt is really a grand square with countless bars on every side, full of outside seating and with an atmosphere which builds from 7pm until the late early hours. Students are at the heart of this,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Lots of bars, we visited on a sunny day So we enjoyed our drinks on the terrace. My tip: see and be seen!

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Completely taken over by pubs (and a few restaurants), this awesome looking square is an absolute must to relax at for who visits my home town Leuven. At any sign of sun, terraces will be out and people will be too, in full force (with lots of students during the academic year). To have a great selection of beers try... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

As a working professional, I would recommend Metafoor which is on Parijnstraat just behind the main Oude Market. The Metropole is also reasonably nice and quiet!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

lots of construction going on, but i could tell it was good! there are a million bikes in town, so there is a bit of dodging about

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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The famous beer spot in Leuven. A Market square completely surrounded by bars. Best time to catch up the true atmosphere is during summer when the sun is shining and the whole market is covered with terraces filled with people drinking all kinds of beers and enjoying the sun.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A charming place to visit in Leuven. Whether you go here as a tourist, group of friends or even as a couple to sit down and enjoy the place while drinking a beer. I would highly recommend stopping off here on our travels.

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