The 5 best places for soup & sandwiches in Ghent

1) Soepplus

Here is the perfect place for a thick pea soup served with a hunk of brown bread. Barbara Defour makes three different soups every morning down in the basement of her cool white soup bar. She also creates delicious salads and tasty sandwiches. Everyone loves this place, so it can get busy at lunchtime. But there are two large rooms upstairs with wood floors, boxes of toys and a view of the river.

a counter full of salads at Soep+ interior


You need to arrive early at this little soup restaurant in a side street near the Belfry. By midday the queue begins to build, as locals are waiting patiently for one of the six daily options, such as Thai shrimp soup or a simple tomato soup with meatballs. It’s a friendly, crowded place filled with students, young professionals and tourists.

interior SOUP'R restaurant

Sint-Niklaasstraat 9

3) Verlorenkost

This is a friendly sandwich bar run by a young couple who take care to work with the freshest ingredients. You can sit on stools at the front looking out on the trams or hide away upstairs. A long list of options is chalked on a blackboard. Some have unexpected touches, like the Broodje Verlorenkost – a sliced baguette filled with fried mince, raw chicory, chives dressing and a dash of red curry. The sandwiches are made to order so it can sometimes be slow.

a sandwich made at Verloren Kost sandwich bar

4) Souplounge

This is a friendly soup bar in a quiet lane overlooking the River Leie. The young cooks in the open kitchen make four different soups in huge simmering pots and serve them in big bowls with bread and an apple. The options range from exotic Thai recipes to a simple tomato soup with meatballs. You can add parsley or croutons from the bowls sitting on the counter. The best tables are upstairs where you can perch at a table with a view of the river.

colourful interior of Souplounge Ghent

5) Richelieu

We think this small delicatessen near the main station makes the best sandwiches in Ghent. The couple who run the shop have come up with a long list of original sandwiches, like the broodje Oceane, a delicious combination of herring in sour cream sauce, smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes and salad.

interior of sandwich shop Richelieu

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