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Ghent has a wonderful variety of shopping experiences that are sure to delight even the most ardent shopper. There are department store, boutiques, one off specialist shops and a mix of markets, all providing something different. You can have fun wandering the cobbled streets and window shopping as much as actually buying that perfect gift or keepsake.
The mainstream shops and department stores can be found in the Veldstraat area, with the main streets being Langemunt and Veldstraat. Fashion boutiques are located along Volderstraat and you should browse the city to find the unusual stores scattered around that specialise in everything including famous Belguim chocolates or lace.
The city is home to several markets, a weekly market in the old market square, a craft market on Veerleplein, along with three flea markets that are purely for second-hand trinkets, clothing and furnishings. You should check when they take place as they are not open every day and some only at certain times of the year but are all worth a visit.
Top Shops in Ghent
Established in 1996 this store sells a good selection of designs by the collection of Belgian designers known as the Antwerp Six, along with other internationally renowned labels.
An unusual boutique, selling items that would be as at home in Paris as they are here, along with its infamous owners own designs and fabulous vintage items from the 50’s and 60’s.
This is one of the main department stores in Ghent and has a significantly notable book section.
19th century sweet shop selling Ghent’s famous ‘neus’ or nose shaped sweets locally called Cuberdons along with a tempting variety of sugar laced treats.
A tiny shop in the old town that serves a delicious variety of the popular preserves and spreads, many of which you can sample before buying. The speciality is their own home-made mustard stored in a wooden barrel at the back of the shop and ladled into jars for customers.
Run by two sisters, this amazing wallpaper shop appears cluttered but is a treasure trove of modern and retro chic rolls dating back to the 60’s and 70’s.
This is the only chocolate shop in the city that still makes their own, luxurious smooth truffles and praulines. A delectable store that has survived in Ghent since 1931.
Not the traditional chocolate shop you would expect to find in Belgium, the Japanese décor suits the tastes on offer such as truffles doused with spices, fruit and floral flavours.
Translated the shop is called ‘how cute is this’ and for an fans of the famous Belgium lace this is sure to delight, with everything associated with lace, haberdashery and so much more.
St Baafsplein 6
This stores sells finely crafted tapestries, many of which have been handcrafted in the local region, possible at the nearby St Niklaas.