After visiting the large cityof Antwerp. arriving in Leuven is a pleasant surprise. It is much more compact and very attractive but still with plenty to do.
The buildings which surround the main square include the Stadhuis (town hall) and St Peters Church, two extremely impressive buildings which are worthy of a good look around. However too much architecture and culture can become a bit much so we’ll leave it for another day.
It is a relaxed town, the squares and streets have plenty of options for chilling out and enjoying the company of friends. The streets were surprisingly busy even on a Monday, many of the locals seem to meet on the steps of the Stadhuis before finding a bar or brasserie to spend a few hours in. Many arrive on the Flemish favourite transportation mode – the bicycle.
In fact at one point a woman kept waving and smiling at me as she made her way across the square, she had in fact mistaken me for her date for the evening. It seems reasonable to assume that this was a blind date, possibly arranged through a dating agency. I found it amusing, she was embarrassed especially when explaining it to her actual date.
There are a few narrow alleyways which are lined from start to finish with classy restaurants, many offering various mussel dishes and other traditional Flemish cuisine. There appears to be a dining out culture here too as all the eateries seem busy by early evening. A town which also boasts a thriving cafe culture and so many bars and good restaurants is my kind of town.
These images are just general ones attempting to give a flavour of this Leuven early evening scene, but they ably portray the attractive nature of the town.
Leuven may not be on many peoples travel radar, I was not aware of it but it proved to be a worthwhile visit and I look forward to exploring somemore and sharing the experience in time.