Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Ostend

St-Petrus-&-Pauluskerk

Ostend’s most striking historical building features beautifully ornate twin spires, a rose window and a gloomy neo-Gothic interior. It was consecrated on August 31 1908, though it appears eons older. It's a massive,…
Top Choice Fortress in Ostend

Fort Napoleon

The impenetrable, pentagon-shaped Fort Napoleon is an unusually intact fortress dating from 1812, though there’s comparatively little to see inside. The audioguide covers many of the same topics you’ll have heard at…
Top Choice Museum in De Panne

Paul Delvaux Museum

This superb museum occupies the house and studio of Paul Delvaux (1897–1994), one of Belgium's most famous surrealist artists. What appears to be a handsome art deco house on a quiet street belies a 1000-sq-m baseme…
Top Choice Bistro in Ostend

Wijnbistro Di Vino

The product of one man's hard work, this intimate candlelit wine-bistro reflects its owner's passion for food and wine. The menu is simple (fish or meat), seasonal, well priced and executed, and paired expertly with…
Top Choice Seafood in De Panne

Julia Fish & Oyster Bar

This acclaimed restaurant – run by the fourth-generation, female-led fishmongers Mare Nostrum – secures its own supply of fresh seafood daily. If you love the humble bivalve, or are impartial to ceviche or perch and…
Top Choice European in Knokke-Heist

Cuines 33

Leave it to the chef in this compact, airy bistro where the food is a work of art, crafted from the freshest ingredients of the day. Choose from set lunch or evening tapas menus, pick a cocktail and enjoy the experi…
Top Choice Art in Ostend

Disney Sand Magic

The largest event of its kind in the world, Disney Sand Magic features more than 40 professional sand sculptors who create around 150 sculptures up to 6m high in a 10,000 sq m section of Ostend Beach.
Top Choice Art in Knokke-Heist

World Press Photo Exhibition

Hosted annually by the Cultuur Centrum, this travelling exhibition showcases the work of photojournalists from around the world.
Top Choice Museum in Oostduinkerke

Navigo

Visits walk you through a genuine 19th-century fisherman’s cottage, teach about fish quotas and fishermen’s superstitions, then send you and your audioguide beneath a 1930s fishing shack flanked by aquariums of fish…
Top Choice Cafe in Oostduinkerke

Estaminet de Peerdevisscher

Estaminet de Peerdevisscher is a wonderful old-time café with fishermen moonlighting as bar staff and a real seafaring vibe. It's 1.5km north of the beach in Oostduinkerke's second centre, Oostduinkerke-dorp, across…