Food in Ghent

I found the food quality in Ghent to be outstanding both for sit down meals and snacks ‘on the go’. Here are some recommended places to try in this compact city.

1. Meme Gusta

A non-touristy, traditional restaurant in a tucked away position serving dishes how Grandma used to make them. This is a special dining venue popular with locals. If you can’t speak Dutch, have google translate to the ready as two of the three menus are in Dutch. Click on the link to read my full solo dining review. or have a look at Meme Gusta’s website for menus.

Stoempe - Food in Ghent

2. De Graslei

The outdoor tables adjacent to the River Leie with its glass like reflections pulled me in like a magnet. You could be forgiven for thinking it may be a tourist trap. It is not. Settle under a heater and cosy up in one of the blankets provided and choose from a selection of International and local dishes such as waterzooi, a steaming Belgian stew with meat or fish.
De Graslei’s menu

Food in Ghent - Traditional Chicken Waterzooi

3. Cuberdons

Ghent is renowned for its exquisite chocolate and speciality ‘nose shaped’ sweets, cuberdons or neuzekes. These can be found for sale in little wooden carts dotted around the city as well as souvenir shops.

4. Belgian Frites

Belgian frites are a ‘must try’ food in Ghent with shops and stands selling varying sized portions. These can be eaten plain or with a choice of many types of mayonnaise and sauces..

Belgian frites with special mayonnaise

5. Waffles

Crisp, light waffles can be purchased in restaurants and from stands in many streets. These may be served on their own or with sauce, fruit or warm melted chocolate…

Belgian waffles

6. Belgian Chocolate

Belgium arguably produces the best chocolate in the world so it has to be sampled. A number of chocolate shops sell artisan chocolate and some of the stalls sells cubes of it. These are divine when stirred into alcoholic warm milk.

Suggested Further Reading:

Where to stay in Ghent

Things to do in Ghent

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