Winter weekend in Leuven

The warmest city at the coldest time of the year? Well, it’s Leuven, of course. As magical as ever, but even more resplendent thanks to the beautifully lit Town Hall, with dazzling light displays in shop windows and many other wonderful winter experiences. So bundle up in your warmest coat and head to Leuven with these tips for a warm weekend. Discover the tips here.
28 October 2022


Leuven is the perfect city for some eco-conscious shopping. In funky sustainable shops and cool vintage stores such as Cyaankali and Rawette you can snap up clothes by exclusive Belgian designers and well-known brands at bargain prices. Are you into arts and crafts? At Hexagoon you can find everything you need to create your own Christmas cards or menus.

Take your time in this lively, human-sized shopping city, where everything is just a short walk away. Book a table in one of the city’s many restaurants, spend the night in a cosy, warm hotel, and create beautiful new memories.

Coffee and cake

During your shopping trip, you’ll find that the city’s many coffee bars, such as Mok, Onan, and Koffie en Staal are just a short walk away. The best place to warm up over a cup of coffee with a delicious pastry or cake. Our personal fave? It’s got to be Plant Dragon. Everything they bake here is 100% vegan but you’d never know it. So tasty!

Pubs and Christmas beers

Did you know that Stella originally was a Christmas beer? And that the local breweries have many other foaming Christmas specialities in store for you? Sample them at the Christmas market or pop into Bar Malz in Brusselsestraat to taste the delicious brews of Brewery De Coureur, Brewery Adept and Hof Ten Dormaal. Real beer fans should definitely visit the one and only Stella Artois brewery – tasting included!

More than Christmas

There’s so much more to see and do in Leuven during the winter months, so why don’t you spend the night? Start your evening at Cinema ZED perhaps? This indie cinema in the centre of Leuven screens the best films only in the best conditions. Without ads or popcorn. Or how about you make your own movie (or almost)? Thanks to a HoloLens2 – or smart glasses – the masterpieces in Saint Peter’s Church come to life before your eyes. 'The Last Supper', Dieric Bouts’s masterpiece, reveals all its secrets. Walk among the apostles and Jesus and listen to what all the guests at the table have to say.