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How to Spend a Day in Ghent, Belgium
by Teresa Arcega
In the Middle Ages, Ghent was considered one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. Today, it is one of the continent’s medieval masterpiece teeming with life, grand history, art, and centuries-old architecture. It’s the city for artists, creators, dreamers, and wanderers desiring for an artistic way of life.

If you’re planning to visit, here are tips on how you can spend a day in this marvelous city:
Stroll along the quayside streets of Graslei and Korenlei

When in Ghent, visit the lovely quayside streets of Graslei and Korenlei -- picturesque quays in the city center of Ghent. Here, you'll witness the city's famous array of guild-buildings that date back to the 5th Century A.D. It is beautifully situated along the lovely Leie River with numerous local shops, pubs, and restaurants that lets you dine and have drinks while enjoying Ghent's beautiful sights and sounds
Visit Cathedral of St. Bavo & See the Ghent Altarpiece
Besides its many structural wonders, Ghent is also known for its ancient churches that showcases its signature classic and elegant architecture. One of its many noteworthy places of worship is no other than the Cathedral of St. Bavo.
One of the most promising experiences while touring this 18th-century church is the opportunity to see the Ghent Altarpiece or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck. It ranks among the most significant works of art in Europe and is considered the first great painting of the Renaissance. It’s been said that this one-of-a-kind art is the most stolen painting of all time.
Eat a Belgian Chocolate
It goes without saying that Belgian chocolates are the best in the world. So when you're in Ghent, don't miss the chance to go on a Belgian chocolate-tasting adventure as there are plenty of local chocolatiers scattered around the city for your sweet tooth satisfaction. Pro tip: Make Van Hoorebekel L. Chocolatier your first stop; They also offer the best cup of hot Belgian cocoa. You won't regret it!
Hop on a beer cruise & taste a wide variety of Belgian craft beers
If you like beer, then you'll definitely love it here! Every beer drinker knows that Belgian beer is one of the world's best. It's no wonder Belgium has a wide variety of craft beers from Abbey beers to pale lager and pils, and from wheat beer to block and blonde ale.

In Ghent, one of the most popular local brands is called Gulden Draak -- a strong, dark beer with 10.5% alcohol volume.

It is best enjoyed in pubs, at home, or while on a guided canal cruise around the city. Pro tip: Sip and enjoy this beer slowly to enjoy it to its fullest.
Walk or Bike along the Graffiti Street
Like any other hip and artistic cities, Ghent has its own version of street art. Head on to the famous Graffiti Street, locally known as Werregarenstraatje, to witness a vibrant, public gallery of graffiti art created by local street artists. What's more, the interesting thing about this place is it never looks the same as it changes all the time. Everyone here is welcome to express themselves through art.