Coffee shops in Leuven you should visit

Cafe culture is a big deal in Leuven. If you’re wanting to feel like a local, we recommend visiting one (or multiple) coffee shops when you visit Leuven. Each cafe has its own unique charm and offers a cozy spot to relax and enjoy a pastry.

Rebecca Rose Poulsen
11 May 2022


This coffee shop has been continuously ranked as having the best coffee in all of Leuven. The beans are ethically sourced and taste delicious as a brewed cup. Onan works closely with fairtrade sourcing of their beans to ensure your cup of coffee is ethically produced. Here, you can choose between different beans for your espresso depending on the flavour notes you want to try. Their cozy shop has a wall full of beans that make a great souvenir.

Onan • Parijsstraat 28, 3000 Leuven.

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Mok Specialty Coffee Roastery & Bar

Mok roasts their own coffee beans and offers a high quality cup of coffee. The notes from their beans range from apricot, jasmine, blueberry, and other fun flavours. Mok is considered to be a micro coffee roaster meaning they only make small batches of 10-15kg for each type of bean. Working on a small scale allows them to focus on quality and serve delicious cups of locally roasted coffee.

Mok • Diestsestraat 165, 3000 Leuven.

Madmum Coffee Roasters

This coffee shop is located along Leuven’s famous food hub street, Tiensestraat. Madmum Coffee offers a great variety of drinks and food to choose from. We recommend ordering a cup of coffee and enjoying the outdoor terrace to watch the comings and goings of one of the busier streets in Leuven. If you’d like to enjoy a cup of coffee by the Leuven canal, there is a new location in the Vaartkom area as well.

Madmum Coffee Roasters • Different locations in Leuven.

Plant Dragon

For those that are looking for a vegan option to take a break with coffee and pastries, check out Plant Dragon. This coffee shop and vegan bakery is located near the University Library and is central to many things in Leuven.

Patrons of this shop boast of the delicious vegan pastry options and the friendly owner, Patricia, that runs the business.

Check out Plant Dragon at Bogaardenstraat 24 3000 Leuven.


Noir Coffee has a simple menu and offers a great cup of coffee. If you’re wanting to feel like a local, this is the place to be. This shop is a major hub for college students and you’ll find them typing away at their laptops and reading books here. Enjoy a great cup of coffee inside or on their outdoor terrace.

Noir • Naamsestraat 49, 3000 Leuven.

Ricki Koffie & Boek

Ricki Koffie & Boek is just a quick 5 minute walk from the Leuven train station and near Hal 5, one of Leuven’s hidden gems. It’s located on a quiet street where you can find some beautiful Dzia street art. The shop itself is cozy and offers a lovely ambiance.

The coffee and cakes here are certainly something to boast about. Enjoy a break on the outdoor terrace under the shade of the trees. If you’re looking for a souvenir, this shop also offers a great variety of gifts for coffee and book lovers alike.

Visit Ricki Koffie & Boek at Lindensestraat 42, 3010 Leuven.

Need a coffee to jump-start your brain? Book a room in one of the many hotels in the city. That way, you can saunter over to your favourite coffee bar in the morning.

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