10 Things to eat in Ghent and where

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Ghent is considered the gastronomic capital of the Belgian region of Flanders. The Belgian tradition mixes French and Dutch cuisine on a historical basis, but with local peculiarities. Belgium is not, as many think, just french fries, beer and chocolate: Ghent dishes are characterized by strong and spicy tastes, so be prepared for a food tour not suitable for low-calorie diets!
Here are the 10 things to eat absolutely in Ghent Belgium.


Index

  1. Waterzooi
  2. Gentse stoverij
  3. Mosselen met frieten
  4. Kroakemandels
  5. Asparagus à la flamande
  6. Gaufres de Liège
  7. Speculoos
  8. Tierenteyn-Verlent mustard
  9. Ganda ham
  10. Where to eat in Ghent: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Waterzooi

It is a stew eaten all over Flanders and in the Netherlands, but originally from the city of Ghent. It can be chicken based, taking the name of Kippenwaterzooi, or fish both fresh and salt water, becoming in this case Viszooitje.

The vegetables with which it is typically prepared are potatoes, carrots and leeks, enriched with a cream based on egg yolk and cream.
It is said that Waterzooi was the favorite dish of Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire, originally from Ghent.


  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken or in the fish variant mussels, shrimps, salmon, sea bass, with cream, eggs, potatoes, carrots and leeks

2 - Gentse stoverij

It's a beef stew that you will find in many clubs in the center. It is traditionally prepared by immersing the meat in red beer, but given the variety of local beers it is possible to taste different variations.
An unmissable ingredient is mustard local with spicy tones. A sprinkling of thyme and traditional side fries complete the dish.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, red beer

3 - Mosselen met frieten

It is considered by many to be the Belgian national dish, loved and very widespread throughout the territory. It is a dish based on stewed mussels served directly in the pot in large portions with side fries. Many restaurants also offer a fixed menu with mosselen met friten + beer, to be able to taste traditional tastes at low cost.
The basis of the dish are mussels from the north sea, and it is recommended to consume them from September to April.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: around € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: mussels, fried potatoes

Where to eat them4 - Cuberdons

They are small conical gum arabic candies filled with syrup, traditionally with a raspberry flavor and consequently from the purple color, even if it is possible to find them in different fruit variants.
They are also known in Flemish as neuzen, meaning "noses", but according to one of the rumors about their birth they were invented by a member of the clergy in the Bruges region under the name of "priest's hat".
They are a very popular sweet in Ghent, and you will find walking carts filled with the unmistakable purple cones everywhere.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: about € 6,50 per 100g
  • Main ingredients: gum arabic, raspberry

5 - Kroakemandels

I am one salty snack consisting of small fried legumes to eat hot and strictly with your hands. During the winter holidays they are sold on the street in paper cones, while during the year they come served only on Sundays at Café Folklore along with the excellent local beer.


  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: around € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: fried legumes

6 - Asparagus à la flamande

Flemish asparagus is a dish that comes traditionally served as an appetizer. The asparagus is blanched for a few minutes and then topped with a sauce made from hard-boiled eggs into small pieces and abundant butter, scented with parsley and nutmeg.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, but as an appetizer
  • Average cost: around € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: white asparagus, hard-boiled eggs, butter

7 - Gaufres de Liège

Waffles, as we are used to calling them following the American denomination, they are extremely sweet waffles and famous throughout Belgium. However, not all gaufres are the same: those in Ghent are different from those in Brussels both in shape and taste. While the capital's waffle is a rectangle with precise edges that is soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, Ghent's gaufres it has no milk in the dough, which therefore spreads less on the plate resulting in a smaller and more irregular wafer. The recipe also includes cinnamon and pearl sugar, which gives it the typical shiny and caramelized appearance.
You will find gaufres almost everywhere in Ghent, served with cream, caramel or chocolate syrup, ice cream and fresh fruit.


  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: around € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, butter, flour

8 - Speculoos

They are delicious cinnamon cookies, originally prepared for the winter holidays, but now popular throughout the year. Their sweet and spicy taste has meant that they also spread to neighboring countries, and in fact you will find variations also in Germany and the Netherlands, but remember that the originals are those produced in Belgium from the classic shapes of houses or animals linked to the feast of San Nicola to which they are linked. You will find the "speculoos" taste also in the form of ice cream or in chocolate pralines.


  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: about € 4,00 per 100g
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, cinnamon

9 - Tierenteyn-Verlent Mustard

It can only be found in one shop on the Groentenmarkt. It has been made with the same secret recipe since 1790, and is known and loved throughout Ghent. It has a distinctive spicy flavor, and accompanies various meat dishes in the best restaurants in the city. The shop allows you to taste the product directly from one of the production barrels, a truly unmissable experience!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00 for the smallest jar available in the shop
  • Main ingredients: mustard seeds

10 - Ganda Ham

A specialty that we suggest is raw ham from Ghent, to be enjoyed directly at the former meat market, Het Groot Vleeshuis. Here the hams are hung to flavor right above the tables where you can sit and taste the local meats and cheeses.

The recipe for this ham dates back to the Middle Ages, and it's so loved that you'll even find some chocolatiers in town selling pralines filled with prosciutto!

  • Recommended to: lunch, snack, appetizer
  • Average cost: around € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, sea salt

Where to eat in Ghent: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The numerous restaurants and clubs in Ghent whet curiosity and appetite and invite you to discover the varied gastronomy of Flanders. Those who love good food and the conviviality of eating out will be welcome in this vibrant city: locals know how to appreciate the pleasures of the table and love to eat away from home. Comfortably seated in a restaurant or standing in front of a market kiosk, Ghent does not lack opportunities to delight the palate in company. The city is considered the gastronomic capital of the Flanders region, and is dotted with trendy clubs and multi-starred chefs. What are the best places to eat in the city? Here are some not to be missed.

1 - Groetenmarkt

  • Description: former meat market, where you can taste excellent local food and typical street food
  • specialty: hams, mustard from Gent
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Groentenmarkt 9000, Gent, Belgium - Get directions

2 - Amadeus 2

  • Description: a Belgian chain of restaurants, very popular with tourists but with excellent food and excellent value for money
  • specialty: rack of pork ribs
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Goudenleeuwplein 7, 9000 Gent, Belgium - Get directions

3 - De Dulle Griet

  • Description: an informal pub with an outdoor terrace and traditional atmosphere
  • specialty: homemade beers
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Vrijdagmarkt 50, 9000 Gent, Belgium - Get directions

4 - De Frietketel

  • Description: the kingdom of fries and hamburgers, to enjoy simple dishes in a relaxed environment
  • specialty: French fries, vegetarian options
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Papegaaistraat 89, Ghent 9000, Belgium - Get directions

5 - Cassis

  • Description: elegant and refined restaurant much appreciated by the locals
  • specialty: fish dishes, wide choice of wines
  • Average price: from € 40,00 per person
  • Address: Vrijdagmarkt 5, Ghent 9000, Belgium - Get directions

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