Thursday flower market
On Brusselsestraat from 13:00-18:00 you’ll find flower and plant stalls with a wide variety of products. It may be difficult to bring home a bouquet of beautiful flowers, but simply walking by these stalls will brighten your day. The next time you’re on Brusselsestraat, stop for a moment to sniff the roses and admire the beautiful plant arrangements.
The big Friday market: something for everyone
Located in the Ladeuzeplein & H. Hooverplein from 7:00-13:00 near the University Library, this is one of the largest markets in Leuven and offers many different vendors. Here you’ll find bread, pastries, clothing, cheese, hummus, roasted chicken, fish, meat, flowers and so much more.
One special aspect about this market that you won’t see at any others are the massive food trucks. Picture large semi trucks that open from the side that are filled with candy, fish, bread, roasting chicken, you name it. There’s something for everyone at this market and definitely worth making time for when visiting Leuven.
Saturday specialty & antique market
You’ll find the Saturday market happening on Brusselsestraat and connecting streets from 9:00-18:00. This market is special in that it offers smaller specialty products such as dried meats, cheese, mushrooms, and more. You’ll also find antiques at this market that change weekly. This market is a wonderful spot to stop for lunch or a small bite to eat.
Camping Flamingo: take a local souvenir home
Hal 5 is one of Leuven’s great hidden gems. Once a month, Hal 5 hosts a large market called Camping Flamingo which is essentially an Urban garage sale and creative market. Here you’ll find clothing, books, candles, and other trinkets that make a perfect souvenir to take home. Be sure to check the Hal 5 Facebook page to see when the next market is since they only happen once a month.
If you get a little hungry while perusing the market, Hal 5 has some amazing food options. Grab a pizza from Antico, a falafel from Falafel Habibia or a refreshing drink from the Hal 5 bar. There is plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the fresh air of Leuven while you eat your meal.