10 things for youths to do

Is Leuven only interesting to people over 45? No, on the contrary! In this list you will find 10 tips for a great time in Leuven. Too much for one day, so it’s best to make a weekend of it. Discover the coolest hotels here. 
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Jongerenlabel MIJNLEUVEN
15 July 2022
  • Het Depot

Het Depot is Leuven’s go-to concert venue. Located near the railway station, it’s easy to reach. The venue is famous all over Belgium for its convivial atmosphere and great acoustics.

Het Depot • Martelarenplein 12, 3000 Leuven
  • Kunstencentrum STUK

Are you a lover of dance, film and/or sound? The STUK is the place to be! If you’re hungry, thirsty o feel like playing a fun board game, be sure to visit the amusing STUK-café. You can also stop by Cinema ZED to watch a great film.

STUK • Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven
  • Cinema ZED

Cinema ZED is a film house the like of which is rarely found these days: convivial, no intermission and no annoying munching noises from the person next to you – no food is allowed in the auditorium. Expect only ‘good films’ at Cinema ZED that are deserving your attention.

Cinema ZED • Andreas Vesaliusstraat 9C & Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven
  • Skatepark Sportoase

The skate park Sportoase is the number one hotspot for Leuven’s skating population. It is located just outside the city centre, next to the swimming pool with the same name. Twits, the number one skate shop in Leuven, organizes a popular skate contest every year.

Skatepark Sportoase • Philipssite, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)
  • OPEK

The acronym OPEK stands for ‘public warehouse for the arts’ in Flemish. Every artistic discipline is represented here: dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, photography and gastronomy. OPEK is located at the end of the Leuven canal, so they have a wonderful outdoor seating area by the water.

OPEK • Vaartkom 4, 3000 Leuven
  • Stelplaats

The possibilities offered at Stelplaats are infinite. You can come here to go clubbing or to skate, print silkscreens, build a bicycle, enjoy a bite and a drink, spray some graffiti or attend a concert. Although the interior of this old bus is a bit rugged, they have a very convivial atmosphere.

Stelplaats • Vuurkruisenlaan 6, 3000 Leuven
  • Museum M Leuven

Museum M is famous thanks to its beautiful building and exhibitions that are a perfect mix of modern and more traditional art. Enjoy a delicious aperitif on the roof garden in summer against the breath-taking backdrop of Leuven’s fabulous skyline.

M Leuven • Leopold Vanderkelenstraat, 3000 Leuven
  • Open Gym Wilsele

The Open Gym in Wilsele is built entirely out of recycled materials and is open to the public. It’s an ideal gym if you want to work out in a climate-conscious and pleasant environment.

Open Gym Wilsele • Brandenstraat, 3012 Leuven (Wilsele)
  • Botanical garden

Leuven boasts one of Belgium’s most beautiful botanical gardens. Go in seach of turtles in the tropical conservatories or unwind in the garden. By the way: admission is free!

Botanical garden • Kapucijnenvoer 30, 3000 Leuven
  • Sportkot (Arenberg)

Take a walk from the ring road in the direction of Arenberg Castle along countless student accommodations. Lots and lots of student come here on weekdays to work out at the gym, chill out and attend classes.

Sportkot (University Sports Centre KU Leuven) • Tervuursevest 101, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)

Staying over

With so many things on your to-do list, you can’t help but stay overnight.
At these hotels you can stay the night for a budget-friendly price:

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