Traveling is a way of life. It’s not only going abroad, but it’s also opening up for other cultures. Getting to know other types of food is, for us, a natural way of traveling in our hometown.
If you ever pass in Gent, there is ofcourse some excellent local cuisine to be tasted. Be sure to get a hold on some ‘Cuberdons’ (sold for example at “Groentenmarkt”), which is our local candy.
Regional dishes are ‘Waterzooi’ (traditionally with fish, not with chicken – though that version is great as well) and ‘Stoverij’ (a beef stew with beer sauce). Typical beers are Gruut (brewed in the city centre), Gentse Strop & Gulden Draak.
If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, be sure to visit Kraanlei / Oudburg. You’ll find good quality food for affordable prices. Our favourites are Nam Jai (Thai Fusion), Ramen Noodlebar, Ankara (Turkish), Himalaya (Indian), Sushi Palace and Harira & Co (Moroccan, loads of tajine dishes). You can literally find the whole world in one street.
But the reason I’m writing this post, is actually because there is a hidden gem amongst loads of excellent restaurants in Gent: Korenlei Twee (Korenlei). It has an excellent lunchdeal. For €19 per person you get a great two course meal, and one of the best views in Gent. From their garden terrace, which is heated on colder days (and you get comfy blankets as well when needed), you see the Graslei & Korenlei, the old fishmarket and the meathouse. Waterside dining in style!
I would like to emphasize that I’m writing these citytrip tips because these are actually my own preferred places in Gent. Nobody is paying me, or throwing in free dinners. If you happen to come to Belgium, don’t skip Gent. It’s stunning. Lively. You’ll fall in love :-)