Hi there, food-lover and treasure hunter. You’re in luck! Ghent residents love to collect odd knick-knacks and enjoy life’s little luxuries. Ghent is the place for the good life and great food. Indulge your inner gourmet on your city trip in Ghent. Foodies and collectors will love the markets listed below. Taste fresh and local produce. Flowers, birds, original souvenirs or simply a fresh lettuce: find them all here. Ghent has something for everyone, with plenty of treasure-hunting pleasure in store for you every weekend. In Ghent, everyone is welcome, and there is something to suit every taste.

For bookworms and foodies

  • Flower market: Have you got green fingers? Don’t miss the famously lovely flower market during your weekend trip to Ghent: it is held on Sunday mornings on the Kouter. Buy a plant or a bunch of flowers and then enjoy a long lunch or an aperitif. Enough to make any Ghent visitor’s mouth water. 
  • Book market: On Sunday mornings, bookworms can browse the book market on the Ajuinlei to their heart’s delight.
  • Typical local market: On Friday mornings you will find delicious local delicacies at the Vrijdagmarkt.
  • Bric-a-brac outside St James’ Church Antique and bric-a-brac hunters can be found at the flea market in Ghent on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at Bij Sint-Jacobs. 
  • Vegetable and craft market: Buy organic vegetables on Fridays from the Groentenmarkt. On the same square, immerse yourself in history at the craft market on Saturdays and Sundays and discover Ghent’s crafts from days gone by.
  • Holy Food Market: Foodie heaven really exists! Yep, it’s right here in Ghent and it’s not-to-be-missed. Here, you will find a covered food market similar to those in many large European cities, in the 16th-century Baudelo Chapel. Discover local mouth-watering delights at this great food temple with its own bar. Take a look at the croquette stall. Fancy some Lebanese or Russian delicacies for dinner? Or why not splash out on seafood or oysters for lunch? In a veggie city like Ghent, you can be sure that the Holy Food Market will also have plenty to tempt vegetarians. At the bar, treat yourself to a cocktail or—of course—one of the large selection of beers on tap.

You’ll be spoilt for choice in Ghent! Once you’ve tasted the good life, you’ll never look back.