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Old Market Square (Oude Markt)

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Address: Old Market Square, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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The place to be for a crazy night out among the students

This is the place were people go out in Leuven, This square is packed with bars and terraces, each with their own type of crowd, scene, music, ... from oldskool 80-ties, to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Luk V
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the place were people go out in Leuven, This square is packed with bars and terraces, each with their own type of crowd, scene, music, ... from oldskool 80-ties, to quality deep house, to popular hit parade ...some stay open very very late.

Thank Luk V
Boutersem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to be . Old market square full of restaurants and cafes / bars / terraces . You can drinks heaps of beers , etc ....... Good Sushi bar or for wok if you want . Go direction Parijsstraat / Brusselsestraat and old Town hall / Naamsestraat with KUL - University - with again possibilities to eat and drink... More 

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Gloucestershire, England
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had a look here at the weekend at it seemed like your typical student drinking venue with not much to recommend it. Thought I'd give if another chance on a weekday and found one or two quieter bars with a good selection of beers but still didn't find it that inviting. There was evidence of the weekend still all over... More 

Thank stanley10
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old Market Square is a very nice place to sit outside and relax in summertime. Some of the old buildings have a very nice front and are worth a look. But at nighttime the youngsters take over and it gets very noisy.

Thank Jokke62
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

If you feel like dancing in Leuven this is the place to be! You can hop from bar to bar and find the party that suits you the most!

Thank Elke V
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

nice place ro have a drink, on suny days outside. Avoid thursdays nights, it is a student night night with lot of drunken students which can be dangerous. The old market place is also called world's biggest bar, seen it is one bar near the other one.

Thank Karel D
Strassen, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Tucked away a little off Naamsestraat, this old square is certainly not to be missed when you visit Leuven. We got to see it during the day, and then again at night with all the students celebrating their first week at university. What a lively place!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

No trip to Leuven is complete without an afternoon or evening spent enjoying the bars and cafes of the Oude Markt.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

While on a weekend away with friends to celebrate my wife's birthday we based ourselves in Leuven and spent the afternoon and evening in various bars around the oude markt. perfect choice, sunny weather, music and beers, with snacks available, would recommend to everyone, no trouble encountered anywhere.

Thank lockyn14
Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

If you're in Leuven with some time to spare, this is worth a stroll through, as it is a concentration of architecturally interesting buildings. However, it's not something I would go out of my way for, and if you are very limited on time, the town hall is the thing to see.

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