Ghent is one of Belgium’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Flanders. The impact of its rich past can be seen when viewing the imposing architecture of churches and the houses of rich traders. A pedestrian-friendly city that is known for its large public squares and markets. Thank you to Belgian native, Katelijne De Backer, for taking us on a tour of some of her favorite Ghent shops.
This pretty green tea shop and bakery, is named in honor of the owner’s mother, is reminiscent of a classic grand French patisserie.
Established in 1893, Chapellerie Gelaude is a fourth-generation family business that is known for quality hats and caps.
Himschoot is one of the last traditional bakeries in the heart of Ghent with a history that dates back to the 17th century. This lovely, small and quaint bakery, with beautiful pastry and bread, was founded in 1880 and bread is still baked according to the traditional method.
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My favorite bookstore in Ghent has it all, a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, great indie music, as well as films and documentaries. Usually you can eat and get a drink here too, but that is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Definitely a must visit when in Ghent!!
This well-known family business in the heart of Ghent, was founded in 1939 as an umbrella store. These days, in addition to a wide range of umbrellas, you will also find hats, caps, gloves, scarves, handbags, small leather goods, walking sticks, belts and braces.
This historic building is home to the renowned Tierenteyn-Verlent mustard brand since the 1860s. The interior of this shop has remained mostly unchanged during the last century, so entering this wonderful shop is like stepping back in time.
Photos courtesy of Katelijne De Backer
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