With the charming Muntstraat as a major foodie hub and a sleep-deprived student population in need of wholesome nourishment, Leuven has become a haven of cozy lunch spots.
Those in the mood for hearty Mexican fare better make their way to the Oude Markt during lunchtime. Here, Donki the Rockin’ Burrito serves soft and crunchy tacos, fajitas, burritos and even a seducing ‘naked’ burrito (the delicious filling in a bowl without its tortilla jacket).
Donki, Oude Markt 48, Leuven, Belgium, +32 16 88 85 90
Nosh has come to wave the flag for bagels in Leuven by offering up a ton of possible combinations. Half of the fun lies in assembling your own lunch by picking and choosing from six kinds of these delicious bread rings, four kinds of cream cheese, and then, of course, there are the toppings. Newbies might want to try a traditional New York bagel with smoked salmon, while bagel aficionados can experiment with the fish burger and Mexican-style options.
Nosh, Naamsestraat 14, Leuven, Belgium, +32 16 20 31 03
L’Inizio in the Parijsstraat has people lining up in front of its tiny takeout window every noon and evening. Regulars who love their pasta – and there’s a lot of them – know to call in their order at least half an hour in advance since everything is made fresh right on the spot. The unspoiled ingredients and generous portions coming out of the tiny kitchen more than make up for the wait.
L’Inizio, Parijsstraat 39, Leuven, Belgium, +32 16 20 20 56