As you probably already know I live in Ghent, often called ‘the best kept secret of Europe’. I’ve been in love with this city since I first came here. Exploring the streets is like walking through a historical painting. Ghent offers such a wide variety of activities that you will never get bored once you visit this amazing city. But that’s not it. Besides an amazing history and great activities, the city has hundreds of trendy new hotspots. Ghent has gained a reputation as a place for design lovers, fashionistas and foodies.
When you’re visiting Ghent for the weekend, it’s hard to decide where you should go and especially where you should eat. Since I am a foodie by nature, I wanted to share some of my favorite restaurants at the moment.
Vlaanderenstraat 82, 9000 Gent
Janines is a new foodie place in the heart of Ghent where you can go for lunch, sweets, diner and amazing tapas. The restaurant is located nearby Gent Zuid, the southern part of the city. Janines has a trendy and very cozy interior. On the menu there is a variety of fresh tapas, amazing pastas, burgers and nice desserts. Besides good and affordable wines they have also delicious homemade cocktails. Definitely worth trying!
Sleepstraat 82, 9000 Gent
This is definitely my favorite authentic Italian restaurant in town. Locals love this little restaurant, so you really have to book a table. There is a large choice of home made pasta, escalope milanese and many other Italian specialties, all prepared in the open kitchen. The food is authentic and super delicious, the portions are very generous. Do not forget to drink a limoncello to conclude your visit!
Hoogstraat 167, 9000 Gent
This trendy refined restaurant downtown Ghent is perfect for special occasions. Marcelo Ballardin, a young Italian-Brazilian chef, set up his own restaurant in Ghent in 2014. The chef’s cooking style combines innovative ideas with the freshest ingredients. The relaxed modern interior of the restaurant makes the perfect sitting for this style of contemporary cooking. Yummy!
Burgstraat 2, 9000 Gent
If you’re looking for simple and tasteful food in a contemporary setting, Bodo is the place to be. The restaurant is located in a typical historical building in the centre of Ghent. Bodo has a basic Scandinavian interior that mirrors the kitchen as well. The menu offers traditional and simple dishes prepared with a definite focus on taste. The perfect place for lunch and dinner!
Kleine Vismarkt 3, 9000 Gent
Smile, there’s pizza! We all know and love the concept of Eat Love Pizza, but there’s a new pizza hotspot in town. Otomat Antwerp now has a little sister in Ghent. Their pizza dough is made with Duvel beer and every flavor has a special Belgian twist. This restaurant is ideal for diner with a group of friends, sharing some delicious pizzas and enjoying a typical Belgian beer. The industrial interior makes you feel like you’re in London or New York. Check it out!