Belgian city Ghent, or Gent in Dutch, is a perfect destination for a city trip! I love going on short city trips to Ghent, and I love to share my favorite spots with you! I made a short video impression of the city and I’ve listed all my vegetarian and vegan friendly food spots in Ghent, Belgium in this blog post.
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STEK Gent is a really nice breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant. It’s got its name because of the many plants both inside the restaurant, as outside in their courtyard. The latter is a great spot for your brunch on sunny days! On the menu are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Like the acai bowl pictured, or dishes like a burrata sandwich and pancakes.
Odil is one of my favorite restaurants in Ghent/Gent for brunch! This French Toast with banana and chocolate will probably already convince you. But if you need more reasons, here you go. They’ve got croissant buns with sweet or savory toppings like pesto, tomato and mozzarella, pancakes with banana and blueberries, a healthier banana split and much more. If you can’t choose, you can order de Brunch Formule and you’ll get juice, a croissant of your choice, pancakes and yogurt with homemade granola.
Another perfect restaurant for breakfast and brunch in Ghent is Luv L’Oeuf. The name reveals their love for eggs, so you’ll find several very tasty egg dishes on their menu. From a Full English Breakfast to Eggs and Salmon on toast. And from Okonomiyaki to Double Bacon Eggs Benedict. But also if you don’t like eggs you can have a delicious all-day breakfast at Luv L’Oeuf, for example with these strawberry pancakes.
Moor and Moor
Moor and Moor (previously named LKKR) describes themselves as a sandwich bar, but I recommend them for breakfast. They have so many yummy dishes! They have sweet treats like croissants or cake with goji berries but they also have healthy breakfasts like this homemade granola with nuts. If you’re there in the afternoon you can go for one of their salads (the falafel salad is great) or a nice sandwich. They have 4 vegetarian options including a guacamole sandwich with extra avocado on top!
I have to admit that it’s not super vegetarian friendly, but I love the interior of Brasserie Pakhuis so much that I’ve added it to my list of favorite food spots in Ghent anyway. Brasserie Restaurant Pakhuis is located in a former factory that afterwards was used as a warehouse (hence the name). Their menu mainly focusses on meat and fish, but they always have a few vegetarian dishes as well. Pakhuis also has their own beer (Principale) and their own chicken farm in Bourg-en-Bresse in France.
My favorite place for coffee and cake is Madam Bakster as all her cakes are ‘guilt free’. They don’t use any refined sugars and all their cakes are vegan and wheat free. You can also order a cake on their website and pick it up at one of their pick-up points in Belgium. Pictured above is the cake called ‘Raymond’, it’s a vegan chocolate raspberry cake.
If you like Indian food, you should definitely go to Royal India in the Donkersteeg. They’ve got a big variety of curries, with something for everyone; chicken, vegetarian, lamb… they’ve got it all. They’ve got a long list of vegetarian curries, so you’ll have more to choose than just the regular Aloo Gobi or Palak Paneer (although the latter is my favorite curry there). Make sure to also order some garlic naan or butter naan!
Pain & Compagnie
If you’re looking for a nice place for lunch in Ghent you should go to Pain & Compagnie. This bakery has delicious bread, sweets and sandwiches. You can have them to-go, but you can also sit down at one of their tables outside on a lovely square. They have several vegetarian options, I had this one with mozzarella, tomato and pesto!
Jack is a hamburger restaurant that also suits the needs of vegetarians like me. They have no less than 4 vegetarian burgers! Pictured on the left is the ‘Spicy Veggie Jack’, a spicy bean burger served with cheddar cheese. On the right you see the ‘Black Veggie Jack’ with goat cheese, cress and yogurt sauce. The burgers are served on tasty spelt bread and you can order a portion of Jack fries if you’re hungry.
Please note: Jacks is temporarily closed
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