What to do when in Ghent only for the weekend? With these 5 tips you will have the best time during your citytrip Ghent!
Not so long ago my sister called me on a Friday. ‘How about going to Ghent tomorrow?’ she said.
I thought about my weekend, without any plans or exciting things. So Ghent it was!
We drove over Saturday and stayed (thanks to Tineke) at the NH hotel, which is located directly into the city centre.
I have been to Ghent a lot, when Kila lived there, but every time it surprises me with new exciting discoveries.
Since it was around the corner of our hotel, we stumbled upon something very nice…
Fleamarket Lange Violette!
It’s an annual flea market located at de Lange Violettestraat. We stumbled upon it by accident. Actually our navigation guided us to this street and we noticed that it was closed off because of the market. Lucky for us it was a two day market, so we visited it on Sunday.
The market is very, very large. It spreads out across the streets. There is a wide variety of stuff, but there are lots of clothes and actually a lot of really nice vintage items that are fairly priced. My sister even spotted these old bordeaux wines which she now regrets buying…
Where de Lange Violettestraat, Ghent (Belgium)
When Every year, check online for specific dates. The one we visited was in June.
A kind of new discovery for me is ZOOT! There are two locations in Ghent of this boutique: one that focuses on shoes and one for clothing. The first one was so-so, but props for the one filled with clothing. Very nice brands, selected with an eye for detail and style. Tatty Devine necklaces, sugar hill dresses and Grace&Mila items from Paris. A must go! Both my sister and me enriched our wardrobe with finds from ZOOT.
Where Serpentstraat 8
Website Facebook (the picture is also from their Facebook page since I was too busy shopping to make a picture myself)
My must-visit go-to store with everything I would like to have. Orla Kiely, Ferm Living, House Doctor: everything is here.
Where Hoogpoort 3
From behind it looks like a brick building, nothing special. But walking around it (you see the title) you have this lovely terrace with a tree and lights. The food is tasty and atmosphere really good. And budget friendly as well.
Where Tichelrei 2A
Website De Stokerij
We didn’t visit this restaurant but it was recommended to us several times. It looked superb! However, reservation is a must (that’s why we didn’t eat here ;-)) Not super budget friendly.
Where Jan Breydelstraat 10
By the way, in the same street as Naturell House of Elliot is located. Another tip!
Overall Ghent is really lovely. Most of the people are really friendly and the area is beautiful. Have fun during your weekend!
Bonus tip: Restaurant De Statie
If you travel from Ghent to Holland by car you will come across a small town called Brecht. There is an old tram station, that is totally remodeled to a lovely restaurant. Fresh food and lovely fish, what else could you wish for? (Check the little barn behind it, so cute!)