travel adventures: belgium

Okay, I’m finally getting around to sharing more photos from our European trip (only like 6 months late!). Our first stop was Amsterdam (post HERE) and next, we went to Belgium! We took the train from Amsterdam to Gent, which is where we spent the majority of our time while in Belgium! We stayed in the highly recommended Patershol neighborhood, which was super centrally located and really great. A few days in, we picked up our rental car, so we could do day trips and for the rest of our trip (more on that to come!). Parking in Gent was fairly easy, but most of the time, we just walked most places! I have so many favorite photos from our time in Gent, and also wanted to share a few favorite places we went when in Belgium! 

Here’s a few of our favorite places in Ghent and what we did most of the trip!

Gravensteen Castle — touristy, but super cool to walk through an old castle. It was self-guided, and we could explore the entire thing — not just “sectioned off” areas you see sometimes in old home tours or museums. Plus, there was an epic view of Ghent from the top!

We also took a day trip to the super cute town of Bruges. I had a lot of people tell me how much they loved visiting this adorable town. While there, we had breakfast (BAGELS!) at the v popular Sanservia Bagelsalon, visited the castle (Belfry of Bruges), had beers at Cambrinus and Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan and mostly just wandered through cute parks and down the charming cobblestone streets. I wish we had more time in Bruges because it was seriously the cutest little town! 

A few more photos from our time in Belgium!

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Dok Brewing Company — a brewery sort of in the middle of nowhere! Beers were great and the interior was sooo gorgeous, plus there was an outdoor patio (pictured below). 

Daily long walks around town / along canals — the town was so charming! We really just loved wandering around, often with Lucy napping in the stroller or hanging out on E’s shoulders. We did this every day, often multiples times a day.

Holy Food Market — an indoor food market with different stalls selling different foods and cuisines. You can just sit and have a drink at the bar, or order food from the different vendors. We ate here once and did “take out” one night and just ate at our Airbnb (because #BEDTIME).

Le Botaniste — super healthy cute spot! This is sort of like a Sweetgreen-type place — we had an early dinner here one night.

Alix — I LOVED this place, and wish we could have gone twice. They had super fresh, healthy and yummy food and a gorgeous patio. In the summer, they also have picnic blankets in their massive yard, so you can  do this adorable picnic brunch/lunch situation. 🧺 Pictured below.

De Geus van Gent — small cafe with outdoor seating by the canal. Great spot for Belgian beer! Super casual with pretty view.

Wald — we went to this cafe several times for breakfast, coffee and even just to lounge on the patio! Loved it a lot.

Gerald — we had to get Belgian waffles in Belgium, OBVIOUSLY! So so yummy, but very rich. We shared one. 😛

Barbiet — coffee shop / lunch spot.

Broesse – indoor plant store / coffee shop / cocktail bar. If you go to Gent, you MUST GO HERE! So so cool. I’m so bummed I didn’t take any photos! 🌿

Clouds in my Coffee — trendy and beautiful coffee shop. It was gorgeous and the coffee was 💯

Gravensteen Castle — touristy, but super cool to walk through an old castle. It was self-guided, and we could explore the entire thing — not just “sectioned off” areas you see sometimes in old home tours or museums. Plus, there was an epic view of Ghent from the top!

We also took a day trip to the super cute town of Bruges. I had a lot of people tell me how much they loved visiting this adorable town. While there, we had breakfast (BAGELS!) at the v popular Sanservia Bagelsalon, visited the castle (Belfry of Bruges), had beers at Cambrinus and Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan and mostly just wandered through cute parks and down the charming cobblestone streets. I wish we had more time in Bruges because it was seriously the cutest little town! 

A few more photos from our time in Belgium!

Thanks for reading!

Dok Brewing Company — a brewery sort of in the middle of nowhere! Beers were great and the interior was sooo gorgeous, plus there was an outdoor patio (pictured below). 

Daily long walks around town / along canals — the town was so charming! We really just loved wandering around, often with Lucy napping in the stroller or hanging out on E’s shoulders. We did this every day, often multiples times a day.

Holy Food Market — an indoor food market with different stalls selling different foods and cuisines. You can just sit and have a drink at the bar, or order food from the different vendors. We ate here once and did “take out” one night and just ate at our Airbnb (because #BEDTIME).

Le Botaniste — super healthy cute spot! This is sort of like a Sweetgreen-type place — we had an early dinner here one night.

Alix — I LOVED this place, and wish we could have gone twice. They had super fresh, healthy and yummy food and a gorgeous patio. In the summer, they also have picnic blankets in their massive yard, so you can  do this adorable picnic brunch/lunch situation. 🧺 Pictured below.

De Geus van Gent — small cafe with outdoor seating by the canal. Great spot for Belgian beer! Super casual with pretty view.

Wald — we went to this cafe several times for breakfast, coffee and even just to lounge on the patio! Loved it a lot.

Gerald — we had to get Belgian waffles in Belgium, OBVIOUSLY! So so yummy, but very rich. We shared one. 😛

Barbiet — coffee shop / lunch spot.

Broesse – indoor plant store / coffee shop / cocktail bar. If you go to Gent, you MUST GO HERE! So so cool. I’m so bummed I didn’t take any photos! 🌿

Clouds in my Coffee — trendy and beautiful coffee shop. It was gorgeous and the coffee was 💯

Gravensteen Castle — touristy, but super cool to walk through an old castle. It was self-guided, and we could explore the entire thing — not just “sectioned off” areas you see sometimes in old home tours or museums. Plus, there was an epic view of Ghent from the top!

We also took a day trip to the super cute town of Bruges. I had a lot of people tell me how much they loved visiting this adorable town. While there, we had breakfast (BAGELS!) at the v popular Sanservia Bagelsalon, visited the castle (Belfry of Bruges), had beers at Cambrinus and Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan and mostly just wandered through cute parks and down the charming cobblestone streets. I wish we had more time in Bruges because it was seriously the cutest little town! 

A few more photos from our time in Belgium!

Thanks for reading!

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