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Old Market Square (Oude Markt)

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Address: Old Market Square, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Beautiful and bustling with life

This is the central point of Leuven and the starting point of any visit to this city. Some beautiful buildings, plenty of coffee houses and a sense of history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marta C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the central point of Leuven and the starting point of any visit to this city. Some beautiful buildings, plenty of coffee houses and a sense of history.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went during the day, wasn't impressed. Probably better to go there at night. The surrounding buildings look nice though.

Thank Jason P
Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Nice cobbeld place with beautiful old building and lots of restaurants and bars ! It become quite busy in the summer with all the terraces

Thank Feaelwen
Leuven, Belgium
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The square with its guild houses had to be rebuild twice: fell victim to destructive flames during the first world war, whilst bombing took it out in the second. Nevertheless it got each time restaured to its everlasting glory. A beautiful rectangular square, till the end of the 90's, the scene of a vibrant international rock festival, Marktrock. Over the... More 

Thank Jo F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I strolled by this square on a monday morning. I could tell most of the place is the home of the nightlife bars, extremelly close to most of KU Leuven campus. Some restaurants. Breathes History. Interesting architecture, lovely place to visit near the Holidays. Connected to Great Market Square (Grote Markt).

Thank Alexandre G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We visited Leuven on a mild December day,so mild we were able to sit outside and eat a late leisurely lunch in the square.There are lots of restaurants/bars in the square & it's the main place for students to congregate at the weekend according to my friend who we were visiting,it gets quite rowdy. When we had finished lunch it... More 

Thank nicksmum
Hassocks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This area seemed to be the centre of activity for the university students. Lots of bars and restaurants etc. Not much of anything else.

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

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 November 26, 2015

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 

Thank Donald0012014
Gloucestershire, England
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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 

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