This Belgian city in Flanders has beautiful, historic medieval buildings but also stylish and modern shops and cafes.
Do: There are many interesting places in the historic centre around the city hall, like the Gravensteen castle, the Belfried or the St. Bavo’s cathedral with the famous Ghent Altarpiece. Ghent also has several interesting museums, S.M.A.K is the museum for contemporary art, that hosts great modern exhibitions and there is the MSK, the museum for fine arts. If you’re looking for street-art stroll through the Werregarenstraat, also called Graffiti Lane. The cultural center Vooruit in a beautiful historic building offers a bright mix of art, music and theatre events.
Eat: There are many nice and cozy local cafes in town for example on Brabantdam there is O’YO cafe that serves amazing healthy food, or just a few steps away Lokaal which is also a sweet cafe. In the same street you can also find the delicious cakes from Madam Bakster. For a real Marie-Antoinette feeling eat a Macaron in the candy-colored patisserie Alice. Around the corner is Moor&Moor, it’s a very pretty deli and cafe. Dinner is great at De Superette, they serve a delicious menu with fresh bread, interesting appetizers and delicious wine. The cocktails at Jiggers are strong, clear and experimental, it’s a beautiful classic bar with a nice patio right at the canal.
Shop: The shops in Ghent are very interesting, Au nom du pied is a unique mix of shoe shop and cafe, Twiggy is a very cool concept store with local and international fashion brands. Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat is also a nice shopping street, there is for example Piet a gift shop and the fashion store Rewind. Another beautiful shop with lovely clothes and beauty products is Billie Rose.
Getting around: It’s easy to get around by foot, but it’s also great to explore Ghent by bike.
There are many more fantastic places in the Netherlands and Belgium! See the travel guides for Amsterdam Rotterdam, Maastricht, South Holland, Flanders and Antwerp.
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