Idle Time: part 1


Hi there! 

As you all know, I’m a university student in Leuven. This means I live in Leuven during the week and go home for the weekend (it’s a Belgian tradition, haha!).

Although Leuven is a well-known city, cosy coffee bars are quite hard to find.
Which actually is a pity, because life’s too short to drink bad coffee! 😉
 As a result, I started to look for the most original and lovely coffee bars/lunch places to do in Leuven!

In this article, I tried to make a small summary of my favourite places.
I divided the article into two parts, so you’ll have some reading material next week too. 😉

Now, little more about the title: idle time. You’re maybe wondering: what does that mean?!
Well, idle time actually is defined as time when resources (such as people and machines) of a company are not productive or busy.
That’s exactly the point of these places! When I’m in need of a study break, some ‘me-time’ in between classes or just a lunch date with my girls, these are my go-to places.

 So when you hit the pause button next time, visit these cool spots in Leuven and enjoy!

Bar Berlin



Nice deco, the greatest Jonagold apple juice I ever had and awesome owners! Such kind and friendly people!
So, my overall opinion?
An absolutely perfect me-time place! 

Location: Brusselsestraat, Leuven
Price: €





Sara’s is a great place to have lunch, with a cool (kinda hipster) vibe, haha!
I went there with the girls last week, and we definitely liked the food (we had a salad and pumpkin-coconut soup).

Small minus: it was very crowded and I guess as a result, the service wasn’t excellent.
But hey, that can happen in every bar, right? 😉

Location: Bogaardenstraat, Leuven
Price: €€



Thelma Coffee & Design



What’s better than shopping and coffee at the same time?
In Thelma Coffee & Design you can combine the best of both worlds!
You can look around (and buy haha), while drinking a good cup of coffee, or while eating an avocado toast!

The shop holds an exclusive range of collections (as for example The Alchemist, Coster Copenhagen, …).
Moreover, they even have designer clothing for kids – sooo adorable!

Personally, this one’s my favourite!
I think this place is by far the most original and creative coffee bar in Leuven.
Worth a visit, ladies!!

Location: Vaartstraat, Leuven
Price: €€


Alright, that was the first part of my search for the perfect coffee place!
If you guys have any questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail me (

Love, E.

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