I have a confession to make: I don’t eat out much when I’m in Belgium. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but food is also the one thing you can really save money on and so I mostly eat at home when I can. There’s one place that can always convince me to grab a chair and open up the menu, though: De Werf in Leuven.
De Werf is highly popular with students. It’s only open during the week and the prices there are really low in comparison with most other places in Leuven. What they serve, however, is much better than university canteen food. Think wraps with chicken and vegetables, delicious tiramisu or a giant spaghetti.
De Werf has an extensive menu, both for snacks, desserts, proper meals and drinks and nothing is expensive. They also have a wide range of things you don’t easily find elsewhere in Leuven, like special teas, warm slices of thick bread with special herbs and chowder.
Everything at De Werf is presented in a special way or served with a little extra. For example, the sandwiches are served in a traditional sandwich box and if you order hot chocolate, you get hot milk and chunks of chocolate to let dissolve. My favorite, however, is that they don’t give classic cookies with hot drinks, but Prince biscuits, something that takes every Belgian back to childhood. Everyone who orders a hot drink gets a perfect looking round Prince biscuit, so what happens to the ones that break? They go in a big jar by the counter and you can grab as many broken pieces of biscuit as you want. FREE COOKIES!
De Werf is at its best when the temperatures are a bit warmer as it has a big terrace where everyone has ample space. This café also provides fleece blankets for whoever gets cold and there are heat blowers against the side of the building.
Inside it’s cosy as well, but I do have to say it can get pretty hot in there and noisy. If you want to have a relaxed conversation, the terrace is a much better option.
Verdict: I love this place and highly recommend it!
Practical information De Werf
De Werf (website only in Dutch)
Open Monday – Friday 9 am – midnight, but closes a bit earlier in the exam period.
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