This Flemmish gem of a city might not be well-known, but it sure is beautiful. Walking around Ghent you will feel like you’ve stepped back into Medieval Times. Flemmish architecture lines picturesque canals while the city is dotted with amazing restaurants and bars. You will NOT be disappointed when you visit this beautiful city. Here’s what I recommend!
What To See:
Gravensteen – This old restored Flemish Castle is in the middle of the city is now an awesome museum
Saint Bavo’s Cathedral – There’s more that meets the eye with this beautiful Gothic Cathedral. This landmark also houses famous pieces of art that is open to the public
Graslei and Korenlei – These beautiful canals are picturesque in every way. During Summer they are lined with people relaxing by the water
Graffiti Street – This colorful graffiti-filled alleyway is a modern contrast to all of the old architecture
Glass Alley – Dubbed the “Red Light District” of Ghent, this glass door lined alleyway is filled with ladies and laughs ( I stumbled across this by accident!)
Vrijdagmarkt – This lovely square is lined with great cafes and shops. Also, on the weekends it is home to a great market!
Vlaanderenstraat – This street is home to the best shopping in Ghent
What To Do:
During Summer there are great boat tours of the canals that are inexpensive and fun
Take a tour of Gravensteen and see the museum there
Tour the city center and streets to see all of the beautiful Flemmish architecture
EAT! DRINK! You would not believe how good the food is… and the beer!
Shop on Vlaanderenstraat
Peek at all the naked girls on Glass Alley and get super uncomfortable
What To Eat/Drink:
Flemish Stew – This classic beer beef stew is rich, aromatic, and SO delicious, A must try
Belgium Waffles – Because, duh. These are different than the Belgium waffles we are used to. These are a yeasty dough mixed with chunks of sugar and pressed in a waffle iron until a beautiful golden brown. You can find street vendors everywhere selling these delicious treats!
Belgium Beer – Literally every beer is so tasty
Belgium Chocolate – Need I say more?
Waterzooi – This creamy fish stew (also made with chicken) is a classic comfort food
Moules Frites – Mussels and fries are a staple in Belgium cuisine
Cuberdon – Called the ‘nose of Ghent’ these raspberry flavored gummy candies are everywhere
Where to Eat/Drink:
Simon Says – Great breakfast spot with delicious coffee
Goesting – Cute coffee shop
Lkkr Gent – Popular cafe with great sandwiches
PUBLIEK – This restaurant is a great fancy lunch/dinner spot
Volta – Located a little outside of the city center this restaurant is a very popular dinner spot
De Kuip Van Gent – Delicious Flemish Stew
J.e.f. – This small restaurant puts out some amazing food. Make sure to book a reservation here in advance
Naturell – This popular restaurant is an experience and worth every Euro
De Vitrine – The reconverted butcher’s shop is now a forward thinking cuisine hot spot
De Alchemist – This is a really great Gin bar that overlooks the Gravensteen Castle
‘T Gouden Mandeke – Located in a basement this beer bar will make you feel nice and cozy on a cold night
Jigger’s The Noble Drugstore – Quite possibly my favorite bar, ever. This inconspicuous bar is hidden on an alleyway with only a stuffed fox in the store front. If you ring the bell and they come up, that means there is room at the bar. Be prepared for the most delicious craft cocktails ever.
Old Fashioned – This roaring 20’s themed bar mixes up some great cocktails
Dulle Griet – This is a Ghent staple that has been around forever and serves up over 300 types of Belgium Beer. You won’t go thirsty in here!