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Tips for a day out in Ghent

Enjoy fine food all day long, soak up culture in leading museums, discover unique shops or have a toast at a lively café. The Flemish city of Ghent has a lot to offer for a fun day out. Leave early in the morning and take an evening train back home to make the most of an unforgettable day in Ghent. Read all the tips below on the best things to do during a day out in Ghent.
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Breakfast or brunch

Vega, healthy, savoury or sweet: scattered all over the city you will find pleasant cafés where you can have a quick or elaborate breakfast or brunch. For a healthy start, go to O’yo, where you will enjoy pure dishes that will give you energy for your day trip. Or for a relaxed breakfast go to Clouds in my Coffee in the multicultural Dampoort neighbourhood. Do you eat gluten- and/or lactose-free? Then start your day with a delicious breakfast at the trendy, vegan breakfast bar Gust. Have too much to do? Have a coffee to go and croissant from a local bakery and start your day immediately.

Take a pleasant city walk

Do you have lots of energy for a fun-filled day? Then take a historic city walk through the city centre and stroll past centuries-old monuments such as St Bavo's Cathedral, the Belfry or the imposing St Nicholas Church on Korenmarkt. Or unwind in the centrally located green Citadelpark.

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Eat at the tastiest local lunch cafés

No doubt you will get hungry again during your city trip. Settle down at one of the numerous charming lunch cafés in Ghent. Every neighbourhood has its own culinary hotspots, so you never have to travel far for a delicious lunch or a cup of coffee. With a wide range of organic, Burgundian, vegetarian and worldly dishes, there is something for everyone wanting to taste something new.

Bad-weather activities

Is the weather bad? Visit one or more of Ghent's leading museums. From contemporary artworks at SMAK to sculpture from the Middle Ages. And diverse themes such as psychiatry, Ghent's industrial past and design. There is something for everyone.

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Indoor shopping centre

Those wanting to go shopping when the weather is bad, can visit the indoor shopping centre 'De Post', located in an old post office building on Korenmarkt. Want to discover more great shopping streets? Visit the trendy districts of Linkeroever and Rond Sint-Jacobs for unique boutiques with vintage, design and fashion. Or go shopping in the lively shopping streets of East District with shops for young and old.

Dinning out at the best restaurants

Then enjoy a culinary evening in one of Ghent's many restaurants. Discover a trendy food market, sample world cuisine or dine in a top-class restaurant.

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Things to do in the evening

End your day trip with a romantic, illuminated evening walk through the historic city centre. Via the route Het Gentse Lichtplan, you will discover Ghent's magical evening landscape illuminated in a sustainable and aesthetic way.

Still looking for a nightcap? Ghent is a real student city and has a vibrant nightlife. Visit the city brewery Gruut and enjoy locally brewed special beer. Not a beer lover? Ghent also offers modern cocktail or wine bars. Be surprised by quirky cocktails at the Limonada cocktail bar or end the day with a good glass of wine in the Marriott hotel's stylish bar. Looking for another hotel for a weekend getaway?

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Take the train for a day out in Ghent

When taking a day trip to Ghent, you can choose to travel by train. You have two options when travelling to Ghent: Intercity Brussels and Thalys.

With Intercity Brussels

With Intercity Brussels, you will travel from Amsterdam Centraal to Ghent in 3.08 hours. The lowest single fare in second class for this route is € 31.

Tip!

Book your ticket at least 7 days in advance to take advantage of the low price of the Early Bird rate.

With Thalys

With Thalys, you will travel from Amsterdam Centraal to Ghent in 2.17 hours. The lowest one-way price in second class for this route is € 37 ..

Tip!

Book from the station nearby. The journey then has a fixed maximum price of € 9 in second class and € 15 in first class. Moreover, you only have to check in once and receive travel information on the entire route. The sooner you book, the cheaper the train tickets. You can book Thalys 4 months in advance.

Day out Ghent

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