"Unlike a lot of Western European cities, it actually gets ..."
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The botanical garden is located a bit away from the other sights in the city, but it's a great place to go for a quick walk or to relax on one of the benches.
Here's one fun activity you can do
Have a drink at one of the terraces on the Oude Markt ("Old Market"). It's where everybody goes when the sun is out and it's warm enough to sit outside. It's also a great place to do some people spotting.
Don't forget to check out one of my favorite places
I really like coffee shop Koffie en Staal ("Coffee and Steal"). It's small so it never gets too loud in there and they have the best cakes ever. The front of the shop is all window so there's a lot of natural light and it's located away from the busy shopping streets so most tourists don't know it's even there. The concept behind Koffie en Staal is also pretty original: all the furniture you see inside the shop can be bought or customized for you, as one of the owners creates all of it himself in his own workshop. There's also some jewelry for sale made by the other owner. In fact, the place is owned by a couple.
Enjoy a meal at my favorite restaurant
De Werf at the Hogeschoolplein! It's not a fancy place at all, but it's so cozy. It has a huge terrace with fleece blankets draped over the chairs for when you're cold. The dishes are big, cheap and served in an original way and they have some desserts you can't find elsewhere, as well as a large choice of teas.
Here's a doable bucket list for you to do in one day
I've actually created an itinerary that takes you along the most important sites of the city, with the necessary food and drink stops in between. You can find it at http://wonderfulwanderings.com/product/leuven-in-a-day-or-two/
My extra insider tip for you is
Unlike a lot of Western European cities, it actually gets calmer in Leuven in summer instead of busier. That's because the 40,000 students that flock to Leuven every year go home then. That, in combination with the best chance of nice weather and the many summer events we have, make July and August a great time to visit.
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