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
30 September 2023


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

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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