Crane clay - Distance 500m
If you are looking for an original souvenir, you have come to the right place on the Kraanlei and surroundings. The shop The Fallen Angels (Jan Breydelstraat 1) is packed with trinkets and in Louise & Madeleine (Kraanlei 61) you can buy small, handmade souvenirs. Also worth mentioning is the candy store at number 79 with an abundance of Ghent sweets. The facade of this house depicts the 6 works of mercy, the seventh (the dead buried) is deliberately not depicted. On the facade of number 81 you will find effigies of the 5 senses.

Koestraat - Distance 900m
If you are looking for the smaller boutiques, follow Koestraat and Walpoortstraat. Here you will find high quality European brands as well as trendy bars and restaurants.

Veldstraat - Distance 550m
Commercial shops and large chains such as H&M, Zara, United Colours or Benetton etc. are located in the Veldstraat.

St Jacobs - Vintage - Distance 750m
If you prefer the smaller vintage shops and markets, Ghent has something for you too. Most vintage shops can be found in the area around St. Jacobs. But T2 on the Ajuinlei 15 is also worth a visit. You can also stroll around the flea market at Sint-Jacobs on Fridays from 7 am to 1 pm.

Shopping centre South - Distance 1500m

Chocolate shops

Belgium is also known for its chocolate. Below is a list of some of the best-known praline shops. The best way to discover your favourite shop is by strolling around in the many small streets. You are always in the vicinity of one of the many praline shops and brasseries serving waffles. Pralines and waffles are an absolute must if you are in Belgium.  


  • Chocolaterie Van Hoorebeke - Sint-Baafsplein 15
  • Chocolate bar - Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 99
  • Neuhaus - Koestraat 50
  • Van Hecke - Koestraat 42
  • Yuzu - Walpoortstraat 11/A
  • Chocolaterie De Graslei - Graslei 2
  • Leonidas - Emile Braunplein 13


Flower market- Distance 900m
The Ghent flower market takes place on the Kouter and is open every day from 7 am to 1 pm. Sunday is the best day because there is a wealth of stalls, flowers and plants on the square. On weekdays you can only find a few on the square.

Vegetable market- Distance 350m
The Vegetable Market is a meeting place rather than a real market; fruit and vegetable sellers can be found here rather sporadically. On a regular basis you will also find the champagne and oyster bar. Fresh oysters and champagne are served from this van. It is often parked near the Vegetable Market. Every day of the week you will see a stand here with Gentse Neuzen or Cuberdons. This delicacy is purple and cone-shaped. It is an East Flemish speciality that you will only find in Belgium.

Friday market- Distance 750m
On Fridays between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can visit the Vrijdagmarkt for one of the biggest and busiest markets in Ghent.