In the centre of Ghent there are more than 250 cafés and restaurants. As the quality is usually very high, it is not easy to make just a few suggestions. In the city you will find a variety of delicious establishments with a varied cuisine. The city also has numerous vegetarian and organic restaurants to offer. At the Tourist Office you can request a Veggie guide and a map of the city.
Graslei - Distance 300m
This is one of the most popular places to enjoy a glass of Belgian beer on a sunny afternoon. Also on the Graslei, one of the most photographed places in Ghent, you will find a wide range of restaurants: from brasserie De Witte Leeuw, where many Ghent specialities are served such as waterzooi and stew, to Belga Queen where a modern interior and adapted menu fit into a beautiful historic building that used to serve as a grain store.
Friday market - Distance 750m
At the Vrijdagmarkt you will pass numerous restaurants and bars. If you like to drink beer, a visit to De Dulle Griet is definitely worthwhile. In this café you can choose from 250 types of beer, and it is mainly popular with those who want to try something new. Be sure to take a stroll along one of the many side streets for even more restaurants.
St Jacobs - Distance 750m
Within walking distance of the Vrijdagmarkt you will find the Saint Jacob's Church. Also in this neighbourhood you will find many cosy bars such as De TrollenKelder (near St Jacobs 17) and Bar Des Amis (Vlasmarkt 5).
Crane clay - Distance 500m
The Kraanlei is located between the Groentenmarkt and the Vrijdagmarkt. Here you can find numerous international restaurants, from Thai cuisine to Moroccan, Japanese, Italian and Belgian cuisine.
Patershol- Distance 800m
If you turn into one of the side streets of the Kraanlei you end up in the medieval neighbourhood Patershol. This district is also known as the gastronomic centre of the city. Here you can go to one of the many local restaurants, such as 't Klockhuys (Corduwanierstraat 65), with a fireplace and heartwarming meals.
Drag street - Distance 1.2km
At the end of the Kraanlei and Oudburg you enter the Sleepstraat, the Turkish part of the city. Here you will find shops full of baklava, kebabs and many cheap, yet cosy restaurants.