Guide: Ghent

General

💸Currency: EURO (EUR)
🌞Average Temperature: 21°C (average high summer months) 7°C (average winter months)
💦Rainy Days: 8-10 days per month
🛬International Airport: Brussels Zaventem (BRU)
🚇Public Transport: Buses/Trams (DeLijn)
*single trip 1.8Eur; 10 tickets pass 15Eur; day Pass 7.5Eur
🚕Other transport: taxi; bike

Sights

📷Belfry Tower – 90m high medieval tower overlooking the city center (General admission 8EUR, discount for students, children and GhentCityCard holders)
📷St. Bavo’s Cathedral – Catholic Gothic Cathedral, home of the world known Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (entry is free except for seeing the gorgeous painting 4EUR)
📷St. Nicola’s Church – the 3rd building of the famous Ghent Skyline, dating from 13th century
📷St. Michael’S Church – Roman Catholic Church dating from 12th century
📷St. Michael’s Bridge – the most romantic, picturesque bridge in the world, serving the nicest panorama.
🌃Korenmarkt – the main city square, you feel like in an open air museum, watch out the tram is passing here
🗽Vrijdags Markt – fresh produce market by day, and square with huge number of typical beer style breweries.
🖼️Graffiti Street – small street easy to miss next to the City Hall that reaches to Vrijdagsmarkt, the graffiti can change on a daily basis.

City Areas

🍺Overpoort – street next to the student dorms and the biggest university buildings. Every night it is closed for traffic, and every morning smelling like washing detergent and beer mix.
🏰Rabot – the area of the turkish community in Ghent, here you can find things from all over the world, but mainly from the middle east
🏘️Patershool – you will fall in love with the area as it is like a little picturesque village with many bars, cafes and galleries. It is the hearth of the city
🚆Dampoort – the area around the not so frequent train station in Ghent. Especially popular in the summer.
🌸Kouter – The little square that hosts the flower market every Saturday, on this day oysters and champagne are consumed around here, it is the square where many banks and the opera have their seat
🛥️DOK-Noord – formerly abandoned area, trying to get more and more urbanized and lively, also a summer special.
🏘️Prinsenhof – my personal favourite stil in the very center, but no tourists come around here, cobble stones, rivver side, nice views. I want to live here.

Food

🍟Fries – a classic invented in Belgium, people say fries are double fried here, the best are in the Kiosk Frituur Jozef on Vrijdagsmarkt
🥩Ribs – the specialty of the Ribs House Amadeus
🧇Waffles – Rumor is circling that Waffles were actually invented in Ghent by Max
🍬Ghents Nose – liqourice style sugary candy, typical for the city
🍯Mustard – another local gem – most famous is in the Tierenteyn-Verlent store
🥃Jenever – flavoured liquor

Restaurants

🧆Balls & Glory – my absolute favorite, there wasn’t a person I didn’t bring here.
Jakobijnenstraat 6, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🥩Amadeus – the place for ribs on more than one location #touristclassic
Goudenleeuwplein 7, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍽️Cafe Theatre – typical restaurant having french style cusine
Schouwburgstraat 7, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍞De Superette – bakery went restaurant style/brunch/dinner one of the most amazing places in the city
Guldenspoorstraat 29, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍸Volta – bar and restaurant, more on the higher end.
Nieuwewandeling 2B, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🌯Tosi – not a restaurant but a Döner joint, everyone is here when Overpoort goes to sleep
Overpoortstraat 18, 9000 Gent, Belgien

Bars


📻Millie Vanillie – more on the retro side, hosting chill DJs and serving super drinks
Sint-Niklaasstraat 1, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🎷Hot Club Gent live jazz music bar
Schuddevisstraatje 2, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🕺Charlatan – something between club and bar, smokey, students, longlines
Vlasmarkt 6, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍹Bar des Amis – great for groups before entering Charlatan, and for smaller celebrations
Vlasmarkt 5, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍹Vooruit – day to night cafe, bar study place
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍻Aap -if you come early you are in otherwise everybody is outside the bar chatting
Vlasmarkt 14, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🥃‘t Dreupelkot – Jenever bar
Groentenmarkt 12, 9000 Gent, Belgien

Coffee

OR Coffee Bar – One of the first specialty coffee spots in the city, they have tasty bagels as well
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 126 A, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Mokabon – more of a spot to buy coffee, but very respected by the locals
Donkersteeg 35, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Cafe Labath – saturdays here were rituals, you could spot half the city here
Oude Houtlei 1, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Bidon Coffee & Bicycles – hipster alert and great interior
Bisdomkaai 25, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Simon Says -Patershol gem, coffee and breakfast are perfect here
Sluizeken 8, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Barista – the location in the city center is just to wish fore, especially if you manage to find spot buy the window. In winter time they also serve soups.
Meerseniersstraat 16, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Le Pain Quotidien – chain but okay, both locations are extra nice, and finding place on a weekend is close to mission impossible. Be aware the cups of coffee are huge.
Korenmarkt 16, 9000 Gent, Belgien
Kalandeberg 10, 9000 Gent, Belgien

Julie’s House – sweets, cakes Julie has it all. Located in an old house with few rooms, the feeling is as you went to your aunties. Rocky Road cake is a must.
Kraanlei 13, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🥐Himschoot – all the pastries here are 100% delicious
Groentenmarkt 1, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🧇PI – the home of the tastiest dough waffle, the plain is enough (*i’ve never seen place with lower raiting than this on Google Maps, but i’ve never tried anything else than a plain waffle)
Groentenmarkt 2, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🧇Max – the home of the fluffy waffle, in the higher price range, also a #touristclassic
Goudenleeuwplein 3, 9000 Gent, Belgien

Beer

🍻Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant – theo ldest beerhouse in Ghent functioning to date. They have 3 signatures out of. which the Klokke Roland is the one everyone is coming from
Groentenmarkt 9, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍻Trollekelder – basement style beer bar, probably having the widest chocie of beers in the city
Walter De Buckplein 4, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍻Dulle Griet – a minute walking from Trollkelder, same style and their signature is the Dulle Griet 1.2L beer. You need to give your shoe as a deposit for the glass
Vrijdagmarkt 50, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍻Het Spijker – first choice of many, chilled, yet touristy and old fashioned, apart from beer they serve all the other drinks
Pensmarkt 3, 9000 Gent, Belgien
🍻‘t Gouden Mandeken – Het Spijjker’s neighbour one or the other wherever you find a place, both are pretty similar
Pensmarkt 9, 9000 Gent, Belgien

Shops

🏺Piet Mood Shop – Interior Decor Concept Shop
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 94, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Accomodation

🏘️AirBnb Puur Patershol – on our last weekend visit in Ghent we stayed here, I do not have enough words how nice everything was, every detail thought through. I am recommending it 100%
🛌HostelUppelink – I always wanted to stay in this hostel while i was living in Ghent, but then went for a day for an interview and it was my only choice, the common area is very nice, like from a movie scene, and the view amazing. Super decent hostel. My first choice was Back Stay, but it is unfortunately closed.
Sint-Michielsplein 21, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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