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Things to do in Ghent

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Ghent. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Ghent attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Ghent to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Ghent.

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  • Design Museum Gent

    A building in two parts: the old wing, an 18th-century mansion that showcases re-creations of domestic life in that era; and next door, a modern ex... More
  • Eva Bos

    The designer makes custom vintage-style jackets and dresses. Pick up one of her tailored, Audrey Hepburn-inspired evening gowns. More
  • Het Oorcussen

    Caroline Naudts was so taken with Belgium's emerging fashion scene that she opened this boutique to showcase innovative designers such as Ann Demeu... More
  • Obius

    A clothing boutique with Martin Margiela sweaters and Veronique Branquinho heels. More
  • St. Bavo Cathedral

    The Gothic spires are one of the town’s most recognized landmarks, but inside the church is the true treasure—the 15th-century altarpiece Adoration... More
  • Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)

    A two-story, white-walled space in the southern part of the city, this museum is one of the best contemporary art museums in Belgium, with a perman... More
  • Vitrapoint

    Midcentury Modern furniture by such legendary designers as Charles and Ray Eames and Jean Prouvé. More

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