Shopping in Ghent is wonderful. Ghent has the largest pedestrian shopping area in Belgium and a highly varied range of shops and markets, all within a stone’s throw of each other. In Ghent, you will find the big, famous clothing stores alongside authentic boutiques. Shops are also open on the first Sunday in the month, in Ghent. They are closed on all other Sundays and public holidays.

Corona proof shopping

There are a few rules for safe shopping in Ghent. 

Mandatory rules:

  • Respect the 1.5 m distance rule at all times. 
  • Where a face mask
  • Disinfect your hands upon entering and leaving the shop
  • A maximum of two people are allowed to shop together. Try to avoid long queues, always use your common sense to keep it safe for everyone! 
  • Remember:  1 person is allowed per 10 m² of the shop’s surface area 


  • Electronic payments are preferred
  • Limit your shopping time, be courteous and don't cause queues unnecessarily
  • Give priority to elderly people, people with reduced mobility and healthcare workers
  • If you see it's too busy, come back later
  • Do your shopping close to your home or workplace
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