The Veldstraat is the most important shoppingstreet in Ghent, the most shops are fashionshops. For the girls (and boys) who are visiting Ghent and really like shopping and fashion: this is the place to be!
Maybe this is the nicest and most original shop in the citycenter of Ghent. Full of new, funny and unexpected ideas for yourself or your friends, all at very cool prices!
What to buy: At Axeswar Design you'll find small design objects and trendy gifts. Also a lot of retro-seventies-items.
What to pay: Prices differ from € 5 to € 150. Axeswar Design offers a great mix of gift- and decoration-ideas, at all prices (average: only € 12.50 !)
De Kaft has second hand books and CDs (and also some new ones I think). They also usually have fliers etc so if you want to see what's happening in town you could come there. The books are mostly in Dutch but there are some English ones as well.
Near the main train station (St Pieters) in Gent there is an English language bookshop called Limerick. They also have (or at least used to have - it's been some time since I visited) a small café with several kinds of tea (great for me because after a couple of months in Belgium I was dying for some real Earl Grey!).
Not sure how cheap/expensive the books are anymore but if you need some English books, it's worth a visit.
An instution in Gent. Known by all people who like to take a coffee in the morning with some cookies.
Mr Benny fevery is known over the borders and goes twice per year to South Africa where he prepares the High noon tea at the Palace Hotel in Sun City.
Benny is a world traveler and if you ask for him he will make time for a chat or some info on Gent or about the places he has been visiting.
Benny is also maitre Sommelier and has a wine cellar worth to visit. Only if you ask for himself.
What to buy: Home made Cookies.
Ask for his chocalate cake : Louise or his famous Telstar (chocolate or buttercream)
The fruit cakes
Visit the web site and get an impression of his show room
What to pay: Depending how hungry you are and how many cakes you will eat
Loverly and nice bakery a little bit like in ancient times.
Standing in front of the window and seeing all the delicious bakery products I got hungry immediately :-))
What to buy: * * *
bread and pastries
pastries and bread
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I tasted the pain a la grecque. Very sweet and very good :-))
Cream is a big attractive shop with live dj and next to this shop you can drink or eat something small, also in a 60's styled cafe.
What to buy: This shop is specialised in streetwear, extravagant clothes (male/female), skate-shoes, swimwear, jeans, t-shirts.
What to pay: From average to expensive (shoes)
This is a nice modern streetwear shop with the latest modern brands. One of my favorites.
What to buy: Nice brands: G-Star, Pepe, G-SUS Industries, Levis, Diesel, Sabotage, 2nd Heaven, Fifty five, Diesel, Split, Melvin, Energie, Timezone ....
Lots of pants! Shirts, skirts, shorts, kids clothes, .... Modern clothes for everybody!
This shop sells nice italian imported designer brands for male/female at a reasonable price, because they are not so famous as Armani or D&G yet.
The brands were 525 & Spago Uomo Italia,....never heard of these, but nice clothes.
I congratulated the shopkeeper with his nice shop and asked him if his shop was new. He said 'No, but people discover every day new things in life, and thats good for them'
What to buy: Italian design - jeans & contemporary clothes - shirts, pants, skirts, leather jackets, some shoes,...
What to pay: 50 EUR a shirt, and pants a bit more, but still good prices.
Yes, come here here for the splendid architecture and medieval charm. During the course of your walks across town though, you'll see boutiques and restaurants and gift shops unlike any in your hometown. See what they have to offer. Buy something. Or at the very least, take plenty of photos so you have something to show your friends upon your return from your holiday, other than those endless Gravensteen shots. ;-O
Without bees this shop wouldn't exist... Everything here has got to do with HONEY: honey wine, honey cake, honey licqueur, normal honey, chocolate honey, yucatan honey, candles, winnie the pooh stuff, cups with bees on it................ Imagine how this place smells :-))))))
What to buy: chocolate honey and yucatan honey
Ghent has some of the most marvelous chocolate shops in Europe. Not only are they delicious, but they look like pieces of art. I bought a box of chocolates home for my sister, and in the refrigerator they stayed good for two months. A must souvenir from Ghent. Wonderful Marzipan as well.
What to buy: Fabulous Chocolate
What to pay: it's worth it
The Groot Vleeshuis was built between 1407 and 1419 and was designed by Gillis De Suttere.
Groot Vleeshuis means big Meathouse. A Meathouse was a covered marketplace where the selling of meat was centralised, this way the freshness and quality could be controlled. The selling of meat elsewhere was prohibited. At the south-east wing they added intestines-houses in 1542-1543. For hygienis reasons intestines had to be sold seperately in this houses. They were sold to the poor people.
From the end of the19th century meat could be sold elsewhere, and the Groot Vleeshuis got a new role. It started as postoffice, served as a warehouse, an exhibitonroom and party room.
Today it is used to promote east flemish produces.
tuesday-sunday: 10.00 -18.00
closed on monday
What to buy: East flemish produces would be:
alcoholic beverages, mustard, chocolat, meatproducts.
Above the door is a sign: Mostaard fabriek. Inside it looks like time stood still. The building is a monument, inside and outside.
Mustard is made her according to the same recipe as in 1790. Bring your own bowl and they put your mustard in it. Or you can buy one of the bowls on display.
It was Vve (from the french veuve, widow) Tierenteijn-Verlent who started the firm in 1790.
But they sell more than mustard. behind the nostalgic counters you will find spices and sauces, oliveoil and vinegar.
TEMMERMAN is a quaint old sweetsshop. It has two locations - Kraanlei 79 - 09.224.00.14
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 19-21 - 225.39.04
TIERENTYN delicassies specialises in musterds! - Groentenmarkt 3 - 09.225.86.36
DILLE & KAMILLE for house, kitchen and garden. It's best described as 'different'! - Hoornstraat 15 - 09.233.91.12
CURIOSA for a special gift or just to enjoy. - Onderbergen 19 – 09.223.02.41
AXE’S WAR for trendy gifts. - Gebroeders Vandeveldestraat 3 – 09.233.42.43
HUIS AAN DE WATERKANT
For trendy household stuff. - Hoefslagstraatje 1 (Lange Munt) – 09.225.40.43
N’IMPORTE QUOI is like a big attic where you can snoop around in and find some strange and wonderful antiques and old posters. - Burgstraat 11 – 09.223.06.17
Country-style household shop in a beautiful 14th century mason’s house in the Graslei. - Graslei 8 – 09.223.51.58