The 5 coolest places to eat Ghent


Nieuwe Wandeling 2b
Bijloke Quarter
+32 (0)9 324 05 00

This striking restaurant is located in the vast turbine hall of a former power station on the edge of the old town. The tiled floor and bare brick walls give the interior a stark industrial look. Olly Ceulenaere worked here before he moved on to open his own place, leaving young chef Davy De Pourcq to run the kitchen. He cooks inventive dishes featuring fresh vegetables grown in a garden just outside Ghent.


Guldenspoorstraat 29
University Quarter
+32 (0)9 278 08 08

The acclaimed chef Kobe Desramaults has created a hip bakery and restaurant in a quiet back street of Ghent. Opened in 2014, it occupies a former corner store called Superette Edwin. Desramaults has transformed the interior into a striking loft space with rough brick walls, vintage furniture and a wood-burning bread oven. You can pick up a round sourdough loaf at the counter, or sit down for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The kitchen crew produce some inspired cooking, but it is quite pricey.


Central Ghent 
+32 (0)9 278 90 44

Located in an old industrial building once used as a taxi garage, this is one of the city’s most exciting new restaurants. Created by the owner of the hotel 1898 The Post, it incorporates rough floors, original mirrors and street art. The chef Gilles Bogaert works in the open kitchen to create innovative dishes based on North Sea fish and fresh organic vegetables. A second restaurant called Upper is located on the floor above, specialising in grilled meat.


Sluizekensstraat 2
+32 (0)9 278 89 19

This friendly burger bar feels like an American roadside diner. It has big glass windows looking out on a busy traffic intersection and a playlist that favours 1950s songs. The staff are charming and bring glasses of water to the table as soon as you have sat down. The burgers are made with the best meat and served in a metal serving dish along with chunky wedge potatoes. Open most nights until 2 am.


Hoogstraat 167
Central Ghent
+32 (0)9 353 90 50

Marcelo Ballardin spent time in Heston Blumenthal’s kitchen before setting up his own restaurant in Ghent in 2014. The young Italian-Brazilian chef has perfected a cooking style that combines innovative ideas with the freshest ingredients. The relaxed modern interior makes the perfect setting for this style of contemporary cooking.

part of 100 places to eat good food

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Ghent