By Nadia Shutova
Co-Editor, Leuven Life
In case you did not spot the freshly printed banners or were not attentive enough to one of the numerous Pangaea’s posts, let me give a brief introduction. The student canteen – Alma is increasing the prices: where the cost was 3€ - it will now be 6€ . Quite a significant change resulting from lack of financing . It might be worth mentioning: you can also express disagreement by signing the following petition :
Interpret it in any way you like: peaceful protest or challenge to discover, search for the new or humble support of local entrepreneurs, the author of this article desires to give you some hint where to fulfill the mentioned motives. You also may find yourself simply tired of Alma…Hopefully, you will find solace in several eating joints that Leuven has to offer!
Sandwich and wrap replacement
- ‘t Smullerke
address : Tiensestraat 174
Rapid service – quick pleasure delivery. However, do not be surprised to find yourself in a queue (the enormous GroupT is very close by after all…)
The fresh high quality bread is a standard here. The stuffing and sauce selection is varied and broad . to an extent that one might just easily feel overwhelmed. For the above reasons, to accelerate the potential queue as well as omit the difficulty of choice, it is best to familiarize yourself with the menu prior to visit.
address: Tiensestraat 69
Even closer to the historical city center which establishes the constant supply of hungry law, psychology, theology and engineering students. Surprisingly the flood of customers is not common in this area (probably due to the presence of another sandwich shop nearby – Pain Louvain). Panachè is small yet bold – a bit of everything which applies to the definition of the “perfect lunch”: salads, sandwiches and soups.
- Chee Kofte&Wraps
address: Parijstraat 59
Beloved Alma supplies not only sandwiches, but wraps as well. In Chee Kofte&Wraps you can stuff the wraps not only with classics that are chicken or salmon, but falafels, hummus, avocado as well… The author also draws your attention to salad bowls, which would please your robust physique, soul and also Instagram followers.
Hot meal providers
address : Hogeschoolplein 5
Charming café & restaurant close to (usually) crowded restaurant street : Muntstraat. Do not be scared of the prices as it is perfectly possible to order the child-size portion (which is thankfully filling enough). Definitely select spaghetti as a meal opening your friendship with this place. Later on continue with wraps, salads…The saviour for all sugar cravings – the 24/7 dessert automat with gastronomic hits among customers of all ages: Speculosisu ( speculaas tiramisu) , petit-beurre and chocolate mousse . Despite prices ranging from 3€ to 3,95€, please note that only 5€ and 10€ banknotes are accepted.
address: Tiensestraat 29
It is common for menus to refer to soups as something casual and healthy , but dull. If you do not support such an attitude, head straight to Soupaway to join the soup loving community and enjoy the selection of various broths, chowders , bisques. The bread and butter pair on the side is guaranteed. What else is needed for any rainy autumn afternoon?
- Ah! Quy
address: Alfons Smetsplen 4
Alma2 is famous for its experiments and culinary journeys are a common practice. Tacos and pitas , bolognese and fish burger – still familiar taste, having a little in common with Mexico, Greece... Therefore, for truly authentic foods visit Vietnamese take-away - “Ah!Quy”. Once entered - one gets overwhelmed by the steam, fry and ,eventually, taste. Noodles, spring -rolls, pho bo… “Ah! Precious”.
address: Rector de Somerplein 15A
Remember , in Alma1 the leftmost hot meal distribution window would specifically focus on pasta or lasagna…“Take a break, have a good pasta”- this motivation on the cafes’ Facebook page from 19th of October still sounds like a solid plan. Pasta in a cute cardboard cup – truly on-the-go format. Getting bored of the sauces (which is very unlikely to happen) – move on to panini, pizza and certainly dolce!
address: Vaartkom 17A
Let’s dream for a bit: imagine all restaurants are still open. However, you are not in the mood for a student canteen. The dining format is appreciated, but it is natural to expect it to be on a whole new level. Well, welcome to Noordoever – vegan/vegetarian bistro. Artfully presented flavour combinations and cosiness have the full potential to make your day. Even beers and ice creams are far from trivial selections in this place.
address: Joris Helleputteplein 1
It is a rather common thing: all campuses and learning centres operate with the same automatic coffee machines. In case you need a change: in the suggested café instead of hot chocolate you will relish chocolate caliente, instead of simple americano you will go with mysterious “long black”. Pastries obey the same modification: pain au chocolait is great, but banana bread is even greater. Finally, there are treats not yet introduced to Alma menus: smoothies and bagels.
Now we have established the “fabulous nine”. Why shouldn’t we round up the number to make it an even ten? This last one is left for your own, your own personal culinary discovery.
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