Belgium is tiny country nestled between France, The Netherlands, and Germany. However, while Belgium is a small country, it is packed full of personality. The country is known for its medieval and Flemish architecture, its strong Trappist beer brewed by monks, and its enticing waffles and chocolate. However, when people think of Belgium, they picture the capital city of Brussel, or the picturesque town of Bruges, but little do they know about one of country’s best kept secrets: the city of Ghent.
Ghent is a cozy little city that gives you a break from the bustle of larger European cities, but still has enough going on to keep you occupied.
Check out all the wonderful things that Ghent has to offer:
The Food You Have to Try:
Cuberdon – While Belgium is renown for its superb chocolates, crisp waffles, and its mayonnaise doused fries, there is one delicacy that is native specifically to Ghent: the Cuberdon. Also called the “Ghent nose”, this purple, cone shaped candy has a sugar crusted outside with a gooey raspberry flavored filling that’s sure to satisfy any sugar cravings you may have. You can grab some at a number of specialty shops, but suggest buying a bag full from the local street vendors.
Where to Get a Drink:
Pol ‘t Dreupelkot – Of all the gin joints in the world, this is one you must visit in Ghent. Located in one of the most picturesque part of the city, this small, cozy bar is run by the old, bearish owner, Pol, who you’ll see wandering in and out of the establishment. The bar sells jenever, a traditional Belgian liquor that gin evolved from, in every flavor you could imagine, from Piña-Colada to Chicory, at a great price. I suggest trying the newest house speciality called Funky-berry (Ginger and Berry jenever mixed).
Where to Wander Around:
Graffiti at Werregarenstraat – If you enjoy admiring street art, Werregarenstraat is the place for you. This small passageway’s appearance is ever changing, which is no surprise since it is a legal space for graffiti. So grab your camera, and check out some of the local street artists. It’s definitely worth the stop.
Gravensteen – Located right next to Sint-Veerleplein place, Gravensteen is a 10th-century fortress with a moat. The medieval fortress has a number of old weapons, handcrafted armor and torture devices on display. However, the best part of the fortress is that great panoramic views of the city from the lookout towers at the top.