Cheap eats

The city is home to around 100,000 students, which means Leuven has plenty of cheap eateries to chose from. This selection was made by a group of young people from Leuven and MIJNLEUVEN, the city’s label for young people. After all, nobody knows the city better than the locals! Leuven on a budget, here we go!

Jongerenlabel MIJNLEUVEN
11 May 2022


HAL 5 in Kessel-Lo is an old warehouse that now houses various food concepts and social organisations. Take a seat on the convivial terrace and order a pizza from Antico and a drink from the bar.

HAL 5 • Diestsesteenweg 104, 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo)


The number one address for Leuven’s student population. Affordable, tasty food, a gigantic terrace and a cute concept: the food is served in a lunch box just like those used by workers on a construction site.

Dewerf • Hogeschoolplein 5, 3000 Leuven

Bar Florida

Bar Florida is one of the latest hotspots along the river. The bar has a cool, trendy interior and a lovely terrace alongside the water. Try their scrumptious pitas and order an original beer.

Florida • Vaartkom 43, 3000 Leuven

Alfons Street Food

Alfons Smetsplein occupies a central location between the university’s various auditoriums. Students regularly stop by here to order something to eat from one of the food stalls on the square. Our favourite: Damasco’s Syrian specialities are a really good deal!

Alfons Street Food • Alfons Smetsplein 3, 3000 Leuven


If you’re looking for some truly superb spaghetti, Viavia in Heverlee is your go-to restaurant. Their other dishes are also delicious and exotic, but a bit more expensive. Their cosy terrace is also a terrific plus point!

ViaVia • Naamsesteenweg 227, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


On the corner of Sint-Maartensdal you will find Alfalfa: a great little place that offers healthy snacks with an interesting twist. A must for lovers of falafel and halloumi.

Alfalfa • Jan-Pieter Minckelersstraat 48, 3000 Leuven

Ah Quy

The Vietnamese restaurant Banh Mi Ah Quy is located to the rear of Alfons Smetsplein. We are big fans of their Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and home-made spring rolls. Cheap and delicious!

Ah Quy • Alfons Smetsplein 4, 3000 Leuven

Het Strand

Looking for an affordable vegetarian meal? You’ve come to the right place at Het Strand. Take a seat among the plants and make your selection from their 100% vegetarian menu.

Het Strand • Tiensestraat 138, 3000 Leuven

't Fritwinkeltje

This is one of the better fries stalls in Leuven, and one of the few still located in a genuine “barracks”. After all, you can’t possibly take a city trip in Belgium without ordering a serving of fries!

't Fritwinkeltje • Jan-Pieter Minckelersstraat 35, 3000 Leuven


This deli and butcher’s shop is, without a doubt, the best sandwich shop in all of Leuven. Come on time because the queue can get pretty long around lunchtime! The friendly staff make it worth the wait.

Traiteur Kapucijn • Kapucijnenvoer 133, 3000 Leuven

Spending the night in Leuven doesn’t have to be expensive. Check these affordable options: Hostel De Blauwput, Leuven City Hostel & Ibis Budget.

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