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Cafe Metropole

Bar, Belgian, Cafe, European
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Oude Markt 46, Leuven 3000, Belgium
+32 16 20 70 14
11:00 - 02:00
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364 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Weather permitting, this cafe on Oude Markt (Dutch for 'Old Market') is a very good place to have a coffee or an aperitif al fresco while watching the world go by. If you manage to get a seat, that is, because the outdoor area is very popular on sunny days. It's one of our regular hangouts in Leuven, but it’s... More 

Thank Trainbleu
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Spur of the moment Sunday lunchtime visit. Looked crowded downstairs but we then realised there are more seats upstairs. Friendly responsive but unfussy service. Very tasty and filling food. Good value. Really pretty view over the Oude Markt if you can get a seat by the window.

1 Thank Hill_Resident_SE14
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Beautiful brasserie, great location, nice simple and tasty dishes, staff is unfriendly, unattentive and prices are too high.

Thank Yves D
Leuven, Belgium
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490 reviews
377 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

we tried the spaghetti bolognaise here (you can choose parmezan or gruyere cheese to go with it). Pasta was al dente, as it should be, and topped with a rich meatsauce with minced vegetables.

Thank michel l
Luyksgestel, The Netherlands
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187 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

On a cycle trip we ended up at the old market in Leuven at lunch time. The Metropole is ideal for good sandwiches or a plate of great spaghetti. The sun was shining, so lunch on the terrace was very pleasant. Prices are competitive and the service impeccable. Not "haute cuisine" but great for what it is. Good selection of... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

Not all the bar serve food all day, so after a disappointment at the bas across we landed here. Quick service, nice white wines and good size sandwiches. Reasonably priced

Thank levindenooij
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

Nice bar with "Paris"-like interior and very good sandwiches and spaghetti. Located on the old market which is a great place to spend the evening of a warm day on the huge terrace. Daily newspapers available.

Thank Geerhard J
Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

We were looking for a place to eat in Leuven and ended up on the "Oude Markt". When we saw Cafe Metropole we thought, let's try this one.....BIG MISTAKE! My friend ordered a "croque monsieur" which is really not difficult to make and it was all dry and looked miserable. On the side of the plate a piece of lemon... More 

Thank Valerie T
Nijlen, Belgium
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82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

Choice here is limited, both food and drink wise. For a coffee the coffe places in Parijsstraat are a better option. The croque is ok but not more than that. Soups are limited to two choices and the service is in general very slow.

Thank Rik J
Boutersem, Belgium
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

Loving this place for it's vibe. Good for a nice wee snack/lunch. Pastas are really good and like the "oven fetta" Cool place!

Thank LeBonVivantDiplome

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Bar, Belgian, Cafe, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Oude Markt 46, Leuven 3000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  Flemish Brabant Province  >  Leuven
  • Phone Number: +32 16 20 70 14

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?