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Things to do in Ghent

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The museum dedicated to modern art. Besides their permanent collection, you can visit some interesting expositions.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Castle
“The old castle of Ghent has a lot of history, it's definitely worth a visit!”
  • 72 locals recommend
Bar
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“The café of Arts Centre Vooruit Large cultural chit-chat café and eatery with an Art Deco interior; originally the heart of Ghent’s socialist movement. Cultural temple for theatre, concerts, dance and parties. Many organic and/or fair-trade products and a veggie daily special. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Vooruit is bringing Triomf, one of its old beers, back to life. You can taste this 100% organic, highly fermented 6% vol. beer at Vooruit Café or the Vooruit shop. Cheers! ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The epicentre of the Ghent nightlife scene; the place to dance the night away during the weekend; often free performances.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Museum
“Lovely interactive museum to spend time with the kids, only 15 mins walking.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“This is a beautiful sanctuary worth visiting, where you can go for a nice 5K walk or run, on a 12km distance from The Hide.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Art Museum
“My favorite museum in town! The extensive collection shows design from the Middle Ages until now and its impact on daily life. Also the temporary expositions are often worth a visit. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“ Blaarmeersen sports and recreation park is a green jewel beside the Watersportbaan in Ghent. This is where Ghent residents come jogging, and rowing clubs battle it out on the water. The Watersportbaan in Ghent is also the setting for many festivals and activities for people of all ages. Fun and leisure for everyone in Ghent Let yourself be seduced by all that the Blaarmeersen has to offer, all year round. It is a lovely area for walking, with a vast lake. You can swim, hire a pedalo, or go kayaking, surfing, fishing and diving. A water park with a slide for children and a large, sandy beach for everyone makes the Watersportbaan in Ghent complete. If you’re looking for sporting activities in Ghent, this is the place to be! Address :Strandlaan 24, 9000 Gent”
  • 47 locals recommend
Plaza
“the atmosphere is great, it is full of good restaurants and you have a nice view over the water”
  • 60 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Cosy neighbourhood with small alleys and 18th century houses, right in the middle of Gent's historic center.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The main emphasis of the collection here is painting covering the 15th to 20th centuries. The central hall adjoining the entrance hall has eight fine Brussels wall tapestries: three with motifs from the story of Darius (17th century) and five with the theme "Triumph of the Gods" (1717).”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Walk or jog along the romantic ponds, mysterious grotto, the botanical garden, the 1OO-year-old-trees, ...”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“This is the shopping high street of Ghent. It connects the Court of Justice to the Korenmarkt.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Sip a coffee in a multicultural neighbourhood. Trendy coffee bar in a beautiful building dating from 1904. The eye catchers are Panamarenko’s golden murals while the coffee is roasted by the eccentric artist’s wife.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
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“Not your ordinary big movie theatre. Art cinema and very cosy cinema rooms. Can get quite busy.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“International atmosphere, nice interior. Good place to have lunch or a coffee.”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“International atmosphere, nice interior. Good place to have lunch or a coffee.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bakery
“Bakery and brasserie of top chef Kobe Desramaults. Flemish Foodie Kobe Desramaults is everywhere in Ghent: first he opened his bistro De Vitrine and now De Superette. Visit this craft bakery and brasserie with a wood stove at any time of day: for breakfast, brunch or a drink as well as for a full lunch or dinner. And of course you can just buy a loaf of bread here, made with a sourdough base”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bistro
“Beautiful venue of a renovated old packing house. Great selection of Belgian kitchen perfectly prepared.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bistro
“Pleasant restaurant located in a corner of the centre in a former director’s home. The interior is rustic and cosy and the large patio is very lovely. The meals are substantial, the portions ample and the cook flirts with the classic recipes. Extra cosy rooms for groups. 
Vast selection of veggie dishes.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great food, great drinks. Used to be a slaughterhouse and has maintained that specific interior.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Belgian Restaurant
“the best in the high end segment. Must-do if you’re a foodie. Make a reservation.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Very good pizzas with surprising toppings, all in a non traditional setting. Take away is also possible.
Make a reservation to be sure of a table!
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  • 21 locals recommend
Pub
“Just a very cool place to hang around. Great atmosphere, nice food to share and nice drinks. Always a late night when I go there.”
  • 16 locals recommend

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