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Top Choice Gallery in Ghent

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb

Art enthusiasts swarm the Sint-Baafskathedraal to glimpse The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (De Aanbidding van het Lams God), a lavish representation of medieval religious thinking that is one of the earliest-known o…
Top Choice Historic Building in Ghent


Ghent’s Unesco-listed 14th-century belfry (91m) is topped by a large dragon weathervane: he's become something of a city mascot. You’ll meet two previous dragon incarnations on the 350-stair climb to the top; there …
Top Choice Castle in Ghent


Flanders’ quintessential 12th-century stone castle comes complete with moat, turrets and arrow slits. It’s all the more remarkable considering that during the 19th century the site was converted into a cotton mill. …
Top Choice Gallery in Ghent


Styled like a Greek temple, this superb 1903 fine-art gallery introduces a veritable A–Z of great Belgian and other Low Countries' painters from the 14th to mid-20th centuries. Highlights include a happy family of c…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Ghent


A visionary architectural premonition of art deco, the 1912 Vooruit building is a prominent venue for dance, rock concerts, film and visiting theatre companies. Its lively café also hosts occasional low-key free con…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Ghent

Gentse Feesten

Ghent’s many squares become venues for a variety of street-theatre performances; there are big associated techno and jazz festivals.
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 Pub in Ghent

Dulle Griet

Heavy beams, a heraldic ceiling, barrel tables, lacy lampshades and the odd boar’s head all add character to one of Ghent’s best-known beer pubs. It has more than 500 beers, including some of those hard-to-find ones…
Top Choice Market in Ghent

Sint-Jacob's Prondelmarkt

This extremely popular flea market is a must for lovers of retro (especially the '70s). During the Gentse Feesten the market runs for 10 days straight and attracts up to a million visitors.
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…