If a walk on picturesque medieval streets of Ghent in a complete solitude sounds like a dream to you, there is nothing difficult in making that dream come true. It’s hard to imagine that something like that is possible in a popular tourist destination like Ghent, but all doubts will disappear when you walk away from the noisy central area and head to Patershol quarter. This is a unique neighborhood with carefully preserved medieval buildings. It’s a true miracle that Patershol is hidden from the tourist noise that is so typical for Ghent nowadays. In the 17th century, weavers, who worked in the local factory, lived in this part of the city. Starting from the middle of the 19th century, Patershol was considered a “red light street”. Nowadays, the historical quarter is the location of elite residences and shops, so noisy groups of tourists are quite rare guests on its shadowy streets.
If you are a foodie and are eager to try something new, consider visiting Crypte restaurant. This place never ceases to amaze visitors not by its unique delicacies or high prices, but because of location in one of the oldest crypts in Ghent. Naturally, not much has remained from the previous design of the crypt as the building has been completely reconstructed. Nevertheless, many sensitive people prefer not to enter the venue, while hundreds of locals already know where to go when they want to enjoy a great dinner – they head to the ancient crypt to taste new signature dishes.
If visits to unusual dining facilities are not your cup of tea, let’s start with something more traditional and attend Pakhuis restaurant. It is also open in quite an unusual place – an old warehouse with the well-preserved original look. Guests of the restaurant are offered to try the most popular dishes of Flemish and French cuisines. The restaurant is also distinguished by a peaceful atmosphere.