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Dining out in Ghent: the best restaurants

Eat fresh fish in an inviting and classic fish restaurant in Ghent, sample the tastiest sushi or try surprising vegetarian or vegan dishes from around the world. The historic Flemish city has a lot to offer in terms of culinary delights, for both dinner and lunch. We recommend the best restaurants in Ghent.
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John Dory: the best fish restaurant

Do you like fresh fish dishes? Surprise yourself with a 4- or 5-course menu in the best fish restaurant in Ghent: John Dory. Sample fresh squid, cockles and North Sea crab with wines matched to each course. The interior is a mix of fresh, modern and a bit classic, just like the dishes on the menu. Tip: John Dory is also open in the afternoon and is a great place for a sumptuous lunch in Ghent!
Address: Reep 9

Tokyo Sushi Gent: sample the tastiest sushi

Looking for the best place to eat fresh sushi in Ghent? Then visit Tokyo Sushi Gent, located in the heart of the city. Here, you can choose from a selection of carefully prepared menus or order various sushi dishes à la carte. Tip: order the so-called 'sushi boat' and share different kinds of sushi with your party.
Address: Botermarkt 10

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De Appelier: all-vegetarian restaurant

De Appelier is a vegetarian restaurant in Ghent with daily changing, fresh day-specials on the menu. Enjoy delicious vegetarian dishes in the charming restaurant with wooden floor and white table linen or take a seat in the beautiful and peaceful city garden. De Appelier bestaat al sinds 1980 en is een echte pionier in Gent wat betreft vegetarische gerechten.
Address: Citadellaan 47

Le Botaniste: wine bar and vegan restaurant

For the tastiest, organic vegan food and wine, you need to be at Le Botaniste. This vegan restaurant in Ghent is located in a beautiful historic building. The owner of the vegan restaurant has travelled a lot and this is evident from the menu: go for a vegetable tagine, a coconut curry with kimchi or a spicy chilli sin carne.
Address: Hoornstraat 13

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Per Bacco: hip Italian restaurant in the centre

The Italians restaurant Per Bacco serves traditional Italian recipes with top ingredients and a wide selection of organic wines. Tantalise your taste buds with a 4-course menu for both lunch and dinner or order various dishes à la carte. The mix of authentic and modern in the interior seamlessly complements the overall experience in one of Ghent's best Italian restaurants.
Address: Sint-Jacobsnieuwstraat 56

Lunch in Ghent

Are you out for the day and looking for a good lunch café in Ghent? Then this vibrant Flemish city is definitely the place to be! The historical centre is bursting with charming places for lunch. For the best vegetarian salads and sandwiches, visit lunch café BOON. Are you vegan? Then be sure to visit vegan deli Mie Vie, where they use daily fresh and seasonal vegetable products. Other great restaurants for lunch in Ghent are: Norma, Gust and Amour Gent.

Dining at Michelin-starred restaurant Vrijmoed

Do you love top-quality culinary surprises? Then you should definitely visit star restaurant Vrijmoed in Ghent. Award-winning chef Michaël Vrijmoed creates creative, innovative and contemporary dishes in a style all of his own and his restaurant is awarded no less than two stars in the Michelin Guide. This sets star restaurant Vrijmoed apart as one of the best restaurants in Ghent. Also good to know: you can order meat, fish or a vegan menu here.
Address: Vlaanderenstraat 22

To Ghent by train

Going to Ghent for a day or weekend? Then travel by train. That way you can enjoy interesting museums and nice shopping streets. And then when you are ready for a bite to eat, you will know now the best restaurants in Ghent are. You have two options when travelling to Ghent: Intercity Brussels and Eurostar.

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 € 32. Book your ticket at least 3 days in advance to take advantage of the low price of the Early Bird rate. The availability is limited.

With Eurostar

With Eurostar, 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 .


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 Eurostar 7 months in advance.

Restaurants in Ghent

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