Ostend groans under the weight of hotels, with a row along Visserskaai and dozens of big, bland fair-priced options in the central blocks around De Ploate youth hostel. Remarkably, few are actually on the seafront. Some hotels close from December to March, while most charge higher rates in summer or at weekends.


Tearoom restaurants covering a wide range of styles and prices stand side by side along the promenade west of the Kursaal. There are plenty more seafood restaurants along Visserskaai. Market day is Thursday.

Drinking & Nightlife

A series of great cafés and pubs lead north from the Kursaal on Langestraat and Van Iseghemlaan, and on several of the connecting lanes.


The main shopping thoroughfare is pedestrianised Kapellestraat.