Top Choice International in Burg, Markt & the North

De Stove

Just 20 seats keep this gem intimate. Fish caught daily is the house speciality, but the monthly changing menu also includes the likes of wild boar fillet on oyster mushrooms. Everything, from the bread to the ice c…
Top Choice International in The South

Den Gouden Harynck

Behind an ivy-clad facade, this uncluttered Michelin-starred restaurant garners consistent praise and won’t hurt the purse quite as severely as certain better-known competitors. A lovely location: both central and s…
Top Choice Cafe in The South

In ’t Nieuwe Museum

So called because of the museum-like collection of brewery plaques, money boxes and other mementos of café life adorning the walls, this family-owned local favourite serves succulent meat cooked on a 17th-century op…
Top Choice Belgian in The South

Pro Deo

A snug and romantic restaurant in a 16th-century whitewashed gabled building. The owner couple bring a personal touch, and serve up superb Belgian dishes such as stoofvlees (traditional stew).
Top Choice Bistro in The South


A cool late-night bistro with marble table tops and a decent range of Flemish staples including fresh Zeebrugge shrimps. An excellent late-nighter.
Ice Cream in Burg, Markt & the North

Da Vinci

Not being able to choose between the 40 luscious flavours of freshly made ice cream at this gelateria is a good thing, as it means you’ll be offered small spoonfuls of free samples to help you decide (of course, tha…
Belgian in The South

Den Dyjver

Den Dyjver is a pioneer of fine beer cuisine where you match the brew you drink with the one the chef used to create the sauce on your plate. But this is no pub: beers come in wine glasses served on starched table c…
Vegetarian in The South

De Bron

By the time this glass-roofed restaurant’s doors open, a queue has usually formed outside, full of diners keen to get vegetarian fare direct from de bron (the source). Dishes are available in small, medium and large…
Belgian in The South

’t Ganzespel

Providing a truly intimate eating experience in a lovely old gabled building, the owner serves classic Belgian dishes such as meatballs and kalfsblanket (veal in a creamy sauce), as well as pasta dishes. Upstairs ar…
Bistro in Burg, Markt & the North

Gran Kaffee De Passage

A mix of regulars and travellers staying at the adjoining hostel, Passage, give this candlelit, alternative art deco–styled bistro one of the best atmospheres in town. Its menu of hearty traditional dishes, such as …