Top Choice Flemish 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 co…
Top Choice Food Hall in Ghent

Holy Food Market

After transitioning from a church to a library, the 16th-century Baudelo Chapel has now morphed into Ghent's hottest dining destination – a glorified food court of the gourmet variety situated around a swanky centra…
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 well w…
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 you …
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 pre…
Tex-Mex in Ghent

Comida (by Palenque)

Sister store of the neighbouring Palenque bar/boutique, Comida does tasty, cheap tacos and Tex-Mex.
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 are…
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 fre…
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 atmosphere…
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 ch…