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Shopaholics will be in their element during this walk. Tired of all that shopping? Undoubtedly you will get to know your new pub or restaurant on this route. This is really Ghent pur sang!

Fashion-conscious businesswoman and Ghent icon

From pub landlady to owner of a class boutique, Lut Soens, does it all.
Lut ran the Sous-Sol, still a household name among music lovers and DJ's before she founded Suite in the Hoogpoort a few houses further on. From day one Suite turned out to be a fashion shop with a solid backbone, quality slow fashion - preferably by Belgian designers - combined with a personal approach. An antidote to the overkill of commercial fashion. Glenn Sestig architects from Ghent designed the shop, a design that effortlessly reflects the style of the shop and Lut: fresh and minimalist, the SUITE feeling.

Walk a mile in my shoes

6.5 km - 9500 steps 

My all time favourite: I often take this route myself and guide you past my favourite places in Ghent. Start at the picturesque Patershol and stroll along the many nice criss-cross streets. Drink your very first coffee at Simon Says and then surrender to the rhythm of the city. In the evening, Jigger's is the place to be for cocktails. Fun fact: in 2015 this bar was the only Belgian among the 100 best bars in the world! If you're looking for the sun on your plate, it's best to make a reservation at Villa Bardon. Their no-nonsense Maltese cuisine gives me instant flashbacks to our old holiday home on the southern island. 

Also pass by Visserij all the way to the Sint-Annaplein region, where you will find Logid'enri, a luxurious B&B furnished by interior designer Didier Michiels. Jump into my favourite shop above all, Paard Van Troje at the Kouter. Near my own shop Suite you will also find some top shops, like dumpling bar Steamy Windows or Fry Willy for fresh fish & chips. We come to the end of our trip when we come near the Vrijdagmarkt and Vlasmarkt. Per Bacco is the spot for foodies who love Sicilian cuisine. 

My day officially ends with a fresh glass of rosé in the Gitane - a small cafe in an equally small street where you feel like a real Parisienne - or on the sunny terrace of the Ventura.