4 cheap and tasty vegan places in Ghent
Reasons why people convert to veganism tend to vary. Some are concerned about animal rights, others about the environment or simply to try and become a better version of themselves. The thing is, not all vegans want to eat salads every day and most of them don't want to spend a fortune on a meal. There’s no denying it: buying vegan food is usually quite expensive and when you ask for a vegan option at a restaurant, chances are you’ll just get a plate of vegetables. We’re about to end that struggle. These four places cover all of your needs, both healthy and unhealthy. They might not be the most cosy and trendy hotspots in Ghent, but the staff is overwhelmingly friendly and even more important: you won’t be paying through the nose!
Meshur Adiyaman Cigkoftecisi
Close to the Dampoort station, you’ll find this Turkish restaurant and take-away. They offer, amongst other delicious dishes, cigkofte (what’s in a name?). This is a tasty 100% Turkish speciality. The staff is helpful and jovial. Other than cigkofte, you should definitely try the vegan wraps, which are as tasty as they are affordable. This is the right place to go if you’re a fan of the traditional Turkish kitchen, but also like to eat quite healthily.
If you’re craving a delicious midnight snack, they are open ‘til around midnight! Mind you, though, it’s only possible to pay cash.
Dendermondsesteenweg 19. Open Sunday -Thursday 12:00-00:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-01:00, closed on Tuesday.
Some places have it all: friendly staff, great food, low prices… Falafel is one of them. Each meal consists of bread with four falafel balls, accompanied by a free salad and some home-made sauce. Great news for picky eaters: you can compose your own salad at the salad bar. The Classic Falafel is really good, but why not spice things up a little with hot peppers, hummus or roasted aubergine? You pay about five euros for these heavenly dishes, which makes Falafel a godsend for vegan students.
Falafel is open 7/7! You can check their delicious menu on their website. Oh, and if you’re not one to make decisions: try the Luxor and thank us later.
Ottergemsesteenweg 1. Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-22:00.
If you’re craving something less healthy, this is the right place to go. De Frietketel is one of the best known snack bars in Ghent. Being vegetarians themselves, the owners provide a broad range of vegan and vegetarian snacks. Their French fries are baked in vegetable fat and they taste just right. It’s almost impossible to decide which vegan snacks are the best, but you should definitely try one their homemade burgers. De Frietketel ‘veganized’ many snacks and sauces, such as bitterballen and vol-au-vent. A must-try is their home made stoofvleessaus, a meat-free alternative to the traditional Belgian beef stew dish. Their homemade tartare sauce and the veganaise are great as well.
Not everything they sell is vegan, but all vegetarian and vegan snacks are indicated properly. De Frietketel is a big supporter of the Dagen Zonder Vlees (Days Without Meat) initiative, so they offer a forty percent discount on one specific vegetarian or vegan snack every day ‘til Easter! They are very active on Facebook and Twitter, and as they sometimes close up shop unexpectedly, it's a good idea to check those pages in advance.
Papegaaistraat 89. Open Monday 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Tuesday-Friday 11:00-14:00 and 17:00- 23:00, Sunday 17:00-22:00, closed on Saturday.
Nothing beats the smell and taste of pastries on Sunday morning, right? While there is a lot of tasty veggie food available in the city, it might be a little harder to find sweet vegan pies and pastries. As we’ve already mentioned in our previous post, Madam Bakster sells delicious pies in her coffee house. When you’re looking for something a little less pricy and more mundane, bakkerij Frimout is another amazing address. They sell vegan versions of traditional pastry, without any loss of taste. Choosing for a vegan lifestyle does not necessarily mean you'd want to cut all less healthy goodness out of your diet, and Bakkerij Frimout knows this. Their pastry tastes heavenly sweet and the donuts are just the cutest things. They also bake vegan sandwiches and excellent bread, as well as personalized cakes and pies for special occasions, when you order them beforehand.
Zwijnaardsesteenweg 278. Open Monday-Thursday 5:30-18:30, Friday 5:30-18:00,closed on Saturday and Sunday.
All new articles
6 New Belgian hip-hop tracks to check outThis weeks batch of new Belgian hip-hop tracks is a varied one; we got something for everyone this week. Crazy trap flows, epic productions, groovy vibes and lyrics in Dutch, French and English. New music by Moka Boka, Phasm & Krimi, IAMGUNZ, Ryan Eiffel, Shaka Shams, Krapuul and Redbull Beckvechten champ Tloc!
Congolese jeugd in België op zoek naar een eigen identiteit: “Wie zijn wij?”Een groot deel van de Congolese jongeren die in België geboren zijn, kampt met een identiteitscrisis. De jeugd die op school of thuis niet genoeg geïnformeerd wordt over de kolonisatie stelt zich nu vragen: "Waarom ben ik hier? Waarom word ik door mijn familie beschouwd als Westerling, maar wordt er in België verwezen naar mij als 'Afrikaan'?"
TheColorGrey: “I don’t want to limit myself as an artist”StampMedia interviewed Antwerp’s hip-hop revelation TheColorGrey about his career, how he writes songs and what’s coming for the 23-year old rapper. Known for hits ‘On&on’ and ‘You got to show me’, thousands of listeners are hooked to the smooth hip-hop beats from the young singer-songwrit
IAMGUNZ: “I’m working harder since fatherhood”With over 10 years of experience, Antwerp-based rapper IAMGUNZ is a certified household name in the Antwerp hip-hop scene. The Belgian/Congolese rapper recently released his third EP 'Big Daddy's World' and he's determined to continue his musical journey. The EP follows after the birth of his first son and GUNZ's musical career has definitely been influenced by fatherhood, he tells us.
Dengue Dengue Dengue! How Colombian cumbia brought a DJ duo from Lima to BerlinThe Peruvian DJ duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! is not to be confused with the disease dengue fever. Through their cumbia influenced productions and DJ sets, these two button wizards have built a career for themselves over the past 7 years. We sat down with the artists at AND& Festival to talk about the road they’ve traveled and how music inspires them today. Maybe their music library can inspire you too? Read all about it here.
How Berlin’s Club Culture and Politics work togetherWe had a chat with Lutz Leichsenring who made a huge contribution to making the Berlin club culture thrive. He works as a spokesman for the Berlin Clubcommission and is the founder of The Creative Footprint, an organization who looks at urban culture from a scientific view.
Underground Occupy Mainstream took over the Ancienne Belgique
The underground clubbing scene in Brussels has been struggling. There aren't enough locations where alternative music can unfold. As a means of protest, Underground Occupy Mainstream took over the Ancienne Belgique in quite an unusual way.