The Oude Markt (Old Market) is a large square surrounded by those marvelous multi-windowed houses characteristic of Flemish architecture. As its name suggests, it served as a marketplace, but now is a place to go if you want to relax and enjoy your evening, a glass of beer or wine, or some food. On Fridays, one can also enjoy live music, sitting outside of one of at least 30 bars, restaurants or pizzerias. And don't forget that Leuven is the home of Stella Artois, one of Belgium's most famous breweries.
Nearby you can find "De Kotmadam" (The Landlady), the statue of a woman on a bench holding a teapot. She is as typical for Leuven as the "Manneken Pis" is for Brussels.