Once upon a time there was a cheesemaker in Ghent, called het Hinkelspel. From 1982 the cheese was produced within the city. In 2011 they decided to move the production to a village close to Ghent, but the shop would remain at its original location. The production hall was empty and recently got a new function: a covered market hall. Hinkelspel searched for partners and the new Lousbergmarkt was born.
Besides the brilliant cheese, which has been here for decades, you can now find all kinds of other high quality products. Bread, biscuits and Danish (actually, Belgian) pastries can be bought at Copain. At de Vroente you can buy organic fruit and vegetables. And at Dochters van de Jaegher you can taste almost everything which is sold inside the market. It’s a vegetarian restaurant and an ideal place to have brunch or lunch with locals.
From the city center it’s only a short walk to the origins of the city (check the Portus Ganda article) and if you continue your tour along the water you will automatically pass by this lovely market.