The Vegetarian Capital of the World: Ghent, Belgium

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Avalon Ghent

Avalon Restaurant, Ghent

The vegetarian capital of the world? It’s a big claim. One I can assure you is true.

One of the most common questions I get asked is regarding the difficulty or otherwise of being a global nomad and somehow maintaining a vegetarian diet. Sure, it is difficult in some places more so than others, but it is even more rewarding to find hidden gems such as Ghent that can only be described as a vegetarian heaven.


I arrived in Ghent on a Thursday afternoon, which also happens to be ‘Veggie Day’ in Ghent. That’s right, an entire day once a week dedicated to lowering the consumption of meat. For a few years Ghent has been operating this ‘Veggie Thursday’ which sees school children and government workers enjoy a vegetarian meal every Thursday. Additionally, many locals in Ghent will aim to eat vegetarian for the day and many of the restaurants serve more vegetarian meals on this day in an effort to encourage a healthy way of living as well as looking after our planet by lowering the consumption of meat.


But if you don’t find yourself in Ghent on a Thursday, fear not…. There’s plenty of vegetarian restaurants and cafes here to cater to your plant-based diet, and they are all some of the best/most inivative you will find the world over.


As my time was short in Ghent, I only had time to indulge in one full sit-down lunch at Avalon, one of the cities’ most famed vegetarian restaurants. I can highly recommend a visit here, which will leave you feeling impossibly full and your tummy will be filled with the good stuff.

Avalon Ghent

What: Pure amazingness (Vegetarian heavinliness)

Where: Geldmunt 32, Ghent

Price: Moderate



Other Veggie Hot Spots in Ghent Include:


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What: Vegan Buffet (all you can eat)

Where: Reep 14, Oost-Vlaanderen, Ghent

Price: Moderate



ghent vegetarian

Lekker GEC

What: Vegan + Pay by Weight

Where: Maria-Hendrikaplein 5-6, Ghent

Price: Moderate




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Greenway Foods

What: Snacks & A Bit of Everything

Where: Nederkouter 42, Ghent

Price: Budget


tasty world ghent
Tasty World

What: Veggie Burger Joint (they go heavy on the salads)

Where: 1 Hoogpoort, Ghent

Price: Budget


World of Wanderlust would like to thank Visit Flanders for hosting my trip to Ghent. My opinion is however as always, my own.

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    April 10, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Oh no, I don’t see De Appelier on this list! I have to admit it isn’t really in the city centre, but the food is soooooooo delicious!

    Josephine Macmillan
    February 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’m sure you get this all the time but just wanted to drop you a line to say that I love your blog and Instagram.

    I’m currently traveling myself after an internship in London – just left Paris for Brussels and coincidentally heading to Bruges, Ghent and Amsterdam so your recommendations and the experiences you have shared on your blog really have been much appreciated! I’m also vegetarian and I didn’t know that about Ghent so now I’m looking forward to it even more.

    We’re heading next onto Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Rome and Dubai – just a little consumed by wanderlust.

    Good luck with your work, enjoy your travels and what appears to be a seriously enviable and enriching lifestyle.

    Thank you again and looking forward to your next post.

    Josephine Xx