If you’re in the mood for a stroll through an authentic historical setting, then I suggest you head towards the medieval heart of Ghent: ‘t Patershol. This cosy, picturesque neighbourhood is hidden in the shadow of the glorious Castle of the Counts. The pattern of streets has been the same since medieval times and is worth a visit. This area is pedestrian-friendly (no cars allowed), so it is the ideal place to have a walk. Although it seems like a tiny place, there are currently 500 families living there, among them a lot of artists, such as the Belgian-Argentinian painter Cecilia Jaime.
Furthermore, this entourage is home to some specialist shops and art galleries, and houses some good restaurants. Some of my favourite dining places are: ‘Le Baan Thai’ (probably the best Thai there is in Ghent), ‘De Vier Tafels’ (the first fusion restaurant in the city known for its exotic touch) and ‘Casa de las Tapas’ (a small, but authentic Spanish tapas restaurant).