Top ChoiceFlemish in Ghent

Carte Blanche

Lobster is a big feature at this intimate, elegant restaurant. It's the brainchild of partners Walter Goderis and chef Paul Rapati, who've been receiving diners here for almost 25 years: Goderis serves and Rapati...

European in Ghent

Brasserie Pakhuis

This hip, if mildly ostentatious, modern brasserie-bar-restaurant is set in a magnificently restored former textile warehouse. It retains the original century-old wrought ironwork and an incredible roof. It’s...

Belgian in Ghent

Balls & Glory

This easy-going eatery is popular with students and hipsters for its classy interiors and good value. It serves big meaty or vegetarian balls (a bit like a hybrid of a traditional meatball and an arancini) that...

Cafe in Ghent

’t Oud Clooster

Mostly candlelit at night, this atmospheric double-level cafe is built into sections of what was long ago a nunnery, hence the sprinkling of religious statues and cherub lamp-holders. Well-priced light meals are...

Vegetarian in Ghent


Good veggie food set to classical music and served on linen at tables with fresh orchids. Three windows have canal views. The daily changing lunch plate presents a truly artistic range of flavours, organic beers...

Turkish in Ghent

Pizza Gülhan

Want to (over) fill your stomach for €5? It’s possible at Gülhan, a large, mildly garish modern diner that – despite the name – is not a pizzeria, unless you count the groaning plate-loads of excellent garnished...

Ribs in Ghent


Since 1987 this joint has been hardening the arteries of Gentiens with its knockout all-you-can-eat spare ribs (€17.95) at this and two other local addresses, all within ancient buildings that are full of...

Bakery in Ghent

Brooderie Jaffa

This rustic bakery and tearoom looks a treat from the street, beckoning you inside for breakfasts, light lunches, soups, savouries and, of course, great coffee. If you find you want to stay longer, you can always...

Soup in Ghent

Soup Lounge

At this bright, central retro-'70s soup kitchen, each bowlful comes with add-your-own cheese and croutons, two rolls and a piece of fruit. Canal views are free.

Noodles in Ghent

Yaki Noodle

Cheap, tasty and with whopping portion sizes, Yaki Noodle is a student fave, best for big appetites or friends who like to share.