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Guidebook for Ghent

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Guidebook for Ghent

Food Scene
wonderful macarons and pastries
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Julie's House
13 Kraanlei
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wonderful macarons and pastries
top location for the view and atmosphere, classic Ghent food
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Oude Vismijn
5 Sint-Veerleplein
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top location for the view and atmosphere, classic Ghent food
great for seafood, stunning interior, a classic in the Ghent food scene
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Pakhuis
4 Schuurkenstraat
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great for seafood, stunning interior, a classic in the Ghent food scene
high-end brasserie in one of the oldest buildings in the city
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Belga Queen
10 Graslei
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high-end brasserie in one of the oldest buildings in the city
organic food market, right across the street from the apartment.
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BE O Versmarkt Gent
30 Heilige-Geeststraat
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organic food market, right across the street from the apartment.
In this Nordic green decor, the focus is on natural foods, brought in an attractive texture, full-on flavour sequence and presentation. This is a top destination for both non veg and veg lovers.
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Naturell
14 Jan Breydelstraat
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In this Nordic green decor, the focus is on natural foods, brought in an attractive texture, full-on flavour sequence and presentation. This is a top destination for both non veg and veg lovers.
Signature "earthy" cuisine in a cult restaurant, in an ancient butcher's shop in Ghent, run by Mathias Speybrouck, who is one of Kobe Desramault's (a top Flemish chef) star disciples.
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De Vitrine wordt La Chaparitta
134 Brabantdam
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Signature "earthy" cuisine in a cult restaurant, in an ancient butcher's shop in Ghent, run by Mathias Speybrouck, who is one of Kobe Desramault's (a top Flemish chef) star disciples.
Home brewn Gruut beers and hearty local favourites such as waterzooi, a tasty chicken stew, or stoverij, tender beef braised in beer.
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Gentse Gruut Brouwerij
31a Rembert Dodoensdreef
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Home brewn Gruut beers and hearty local favourites such as waterzooi, a tasty chicken stew, or stoverij, tender beef braised in beer.
a top delicatessen where the shelves are stocked with stone jars of spices and herbs, everyone comes here for their unique mustard, dating back to 1790.
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Tierenteyn-Verlent
3 Groentenmarkt
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a top delicatessen where the shelves are stocked with stone jars of spices and herbs, everyone comes here for their unique mustard, dating back to 1790.
casual, minimalist diner run by a Michelin-starred chef who left his restaurant to open a bistro: here they serve hearty portions of slow-cooked veal and belly of pork and oven-braised cod with shellfish and pumpkin.
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J.e.f
10 Lange Steenstraat
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casual, minimalist diner run by a Michelin-starred chef who left his restaurant to open a bistro: here they serve hearty portions of slow-cooked veal and belly of pork and oven-braised cod with shellfish and pumpkin.
stunning decor where chef Olly Ceulenaere prepares a fabulous seven-course tasting menu in the evening, worth the 10-minute walk from the centre.
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Restaurant Volta
2b Nieuwewandeling
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stunning decor where chef Olly Ceulenaere prepares a fabulous seven-course tasting menu in the evening, worth the 10-minute walk from the centre.
Real chocoholics will search out this off-the-beaten track boutique showcasing the creations of local chocolatier Nicolas Vanaise. Travelling regularly to Japan for inspiration, his chocolate truffles resemble calligraphy art works, mixing strange combinations of flavours and textures, such as lemon and coffee.
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Yuzu
11/A Walpoortstraat
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Real chocoholics will search out this off-the-beaten track boutique showcasing the creations of local chocolatier Nicolas Vanaise. Travelling regularly to Japan for inspiration, his chocolate truffles resemble calligraphy art works, mixing strange combinations of flavours and textures, such as lemon and coffee.
Flemish star chef Kobe Desramaults reopened this former supermarket as a hip bakery/lunch/dinner spot. Not your ordinary bakery, but one where you can find yeast bread coming straight from the oven. Or you can pass by to enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner, served with a portion of warm and freshly baked bread. The atmosphere is casual: reservations cannot be made so you may just have to wait a bit. Also the interior design is quite cosy and has that certain ‘living room’ feel to it.
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De Superette
29 Guldenspoorstraat
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Flemish star chef Kobe Desramaults reopened this former supermarket as a hip bakery/lunch/dinner spot. Not your ordinary bakery, but one where you can find yeast bread coming straight from the oven. Or you can pass by to enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner, served with a portion of warm and freshly baked bread. The atmosphere is casual: reservations cannot be made so you may just have to wait a bit. Also the interior design is quite cosy and has that certain ‘living room’ feel to it.
Local ingredients combined with Asian spices, mixed with Mediterranean herbs and a South American accent by a Brazilian Belgian chef in a living-room decor. There are just 24 seats and amazing food at moderate prices, so it’s very hard to get a table. You need to book well in advance.
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Oak Restaurant
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Local ingredients combined with Asian spices, mixed with Mediterranean herbs and a South American accent by a Brazilian Belgian chef in a living-room decor. There are just 24 seats and amazing food at moderate prices, so it’s very hard to get a table. You need to book well in advance.
a personal favourite of Asian influenced (Thai mostly) modern cuisine. medium priced, so this is a more affordable option for an intimate dinner.
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A Food Affair
25 Korte Meer
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a personal favourite of Asian influenced (Thai mostly) modern cuisine. medium priced, so this is a more affordable option for an intimate dinner.
medium priced restaurant with great reviews
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Roots
5 Vrouwebroersstraat
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medium priced restaurant with great reviews
a casual, nicely decorated restaurant with great burgers and tapas, one of the latest openings in the Centre to get great reviews.
Janine's
82 Vlaanderenstraat
a casual, nicely decorated restaurant with great burgers and tapas, one of the latest openings in the Centre to get great reviews.
"food for your senses" (another recommendation by a friend): "If you’re a foodie you’ll have to visit this place. Ingredients you will know, but prepared with a modern and very tasteful twist." also very hard to get in, so book well in advance.
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PUBLIEK
39 Ham
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"food for your senses" (another recommendation by a friend): "If you’re a foodie you’ll have to visit this place. Ingredients you will know, but prepared with a modern and very tasteful twist." also very hard to get in, so book well in advance.
Arts & Culture
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Design Museum Gent
5 Jan Breydelstraat
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the building exterior is a great piece of Art Nouveau architecture. inside, plenty of concerts, dance performances, theatre, and parties. plus a budget friendly café and restaurant for that intellectual moment (it was created as a "socialist" cultural institution: "Vooruit!" means "Forward!"). in summer, the Terrace is a great hangout to catch some sun, inside it's equally atmospheric
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Vooruit
23 Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat
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the building exterior is a great piece of Art Nouveau architecture. inside, plenty of concerts, dance performances, theatre, and parties. plus a budget friendly café and restaurant for that intellectual moment (it was created as a "socialist" cultural institution: "Vooruit!" means "Forward!"). in summer, the Terrace is a great hangout to catch some sun, inside it's equally atmospheric
folklore and design museum
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Huis van Alijn
65 Kraanlei
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folklore and design museum
Sightseeing
The Count's Castle, the medieval heart of Ghent. Must-do!
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Gravensteen
11 Sint-Veerleplein
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The Count's Castle, the medieval heart of Ghent. Must-do!
medieval harbour at the heart of Ghent, popular hangout for all ages, full of bars and restaurants. Do rent a canal boat to take a tour of historical Ghent by water!
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Graslei and Korenlei
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medieval harbour at the heart of Ghent, popular hangout for all ages, full of bars and restaurants. Do rent a canal boat to take a tour of historical Ghent by water!
the "central square" of Ghent, where everyone passes through during shopping or sightseeing in the day, or meets up for drinks or a bite at night. home to bars, restaurants, and shops
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Korenmarkt
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the "central square" of Ghent, where everyone passes through during shopping or sightseeing in the day, or meets up for drinks or a bite at night. home to bars, restaurants, and shops
iconic "City Hall" dome, right next to the actual City Hall, and the Belfort tower. Great place for outdoor concerts and gatherings, or on sunny days for a picnic in the park in front. Houses the popular Belfort bar and restaurant underneath.
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Stadshal
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iconic "City Hall" dome, right next to the actual City Hall, and the Belfort tower. Great place for outdoor concerts and gatherings, or on sunny days for a picnic in the park in front. Houses the popular Belfort bar and restaurant underneath.
The real City Hall, a renaissance and baroque icon of architecture, its recently restored façade features black and gold columns.
Ghent City Hall
1 Botermarkt
The real City Hall, a renaissance and baroque icon of architecture, its recently restored façade features black and gold columns.
Famous historical square featuring stunning buildings on all sides: the St Bavo cathedral, the Belfort tower, and the NTG theatre.
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Sint-Baafsplein
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Famous historical square featuring stunning buildings on all sides: the St Bavo cathedral, the Belfort tower, and the NTG theatre.
the Leie river harbour in the heart of Ghent, offers ample space for walking, cycling, picnics, and romance
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Portus Ganda
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the Leie river harbour in the heart of Ghent, offers ample space for walking, cycling, picnics, and romance
Shopping
one of Ghent's high streets, with all the popular brand stores
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Veldstraat
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one of Ghent's high streets, with all the popular brand stores
one of Ghent's high streets, with all the popular brand stores
Langemunt
one of Ghent's high streets, with all the popular brand stores
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
Brabantdam
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
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Vlaanderenstraat
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one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
one of Ghent's pedestrianised shopping streets, with medium and higher-end local and international brand stores as well as breakfast, lunch and afternoon cafés.
Mageleinstraat
one of Ghent's pedestrianised shopping streets, with medium and higher-end local and international brand stores as well as breakfast, lunch and afternoon cafés.
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
Kortedagsteeg
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
Post Plaza shopping mall houses this big store featuring trendy clothes, natural cosmetics and bath ware, and gourmet food.
Sissy-Boy
16 Korenmarkt
Post Plaza shopping mall houses this big store featuring trendy clothes, natural cosmetics and bath ware, and gourmet food.
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
Voldersstraat
one of Ghent's high streets, with higher-end local and international brand stores
Parks & Nature
great for jogging, hiking, or picnic.
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Koning Albert
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great for jogging, hiking, or picnic.
great for jogging, hiking, or picnic.
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Citadelpark
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great for jogging, hiking, or picnic.
great for jogging, hiking, or picnic. in the summer it also attracts beachgoers around the lake
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Blaarmeersen
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great for jogging, hiking, or picnic. in the summer it also attracts beachgoers around the lake
Getting Around
Caruur
1/D Wittewalle
this spot is not so much a restaurant but a centrally located meeting place where, just in front in the Veldstraat, you find the tram stop that brings you to the train station and basically anywhere else in town. 2 mins from the apartment
McDonald's Gent (Korenmarkt)
1 Sint-Michielshelling
this spot is not so much a restaurant but a centrally located meeting place where, just in front in the Veldstraat, you find the tram stop that brings you to the train station and basically anywhere else in town. 2 mins from the apartment
Drinks & Nightlife
bars and all-night dance clubs, young and hip scene: Bardot, Club 69, etc
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Oude Beestenmarkt
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bars and all-night dance clubs, young and hip scene: Bardot, Club 69, etc