TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS Hey there!

First of all: sorry for not posting a blogpost & video yesterday. I was actually really tired after an awesome day at the Woohah Festival in Tilburg, so I just wasn’t feeling the blog thing that much. I felt kinda guilty about it, because I promised you to be a ‘fulltime blogger’ from now on, but even a fulltime blogger needs a day off sometimes too, right? ;) Anyways, previous week I went on a city trip to Gent with my girl Josie. We had such a great stay there, Gent is a great city trip city in my opinion, haha! So instead of mentioning my city trip to Gent in a Nappysnaps blogpost, I decided to start a new series called Travel Diary. Everytime I’m making a trip/vacay to a city, I’m going to write about it in a Travel Diary instead of a Nappysnaps blogpost, just so I can share some extra info with you guys, like for example my favourite hotspots! So yeah, let’s start shall we?

 

Day 1

Rotterdam Central Station >>> Gent Central Station

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS Me and Josie getting ready for our trip. White sneaks, check. Snacks, check. New vlog camera, check!

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSNow it’s time to chill, because we have to travel 2,5 hours by train from Rotterdam Central Station to Gent.

 

IBIS GENT CENTRUM OPERA HOTEL

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter our long train trip, we finally arrived at the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel. The location of this hotel is PERFECT. It’s not too far from the central station (it’s a 15/20 minute walk), but if you don’t want to drag your luggage all the way, the tram stops right next to it. The hotel is also really close to the city centre. With really close, I literally mean really close: after 3 minutes of walking you’re at the main shopping area in Gent. The service at the hotel was good to, the staff was very nice. Another big plus was the internet: it was free and it was fast enough to upload a Youtube video (#bloggerproblems, haha). I definitely recommend the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel if you’re ever planning on visiting Gent and you’re looking for a cheap hotel with a good location!

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAnd oh, hotel beds are the best! I don’t know what it is, but I always have a good rest whenever I’m sleeping in a nice, big hotelbed <3.

 

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter we checked into our hotel and strolled a bit through the city, we arrived at our first hotspot: Le Pain Quotidien. This is a breakfast & lunchroom where they serve organic food. I think organic food is way tastier + it’s just better for your body, so organic restaurants are always a plus for me! They had the BEST lemonade ever there (I really wanna try to make this at home now + film it for you guys, because it was so freaking tasty!) and my egg with salmon and bread was also really good. Definitely a nice breakfast/brunch/lunch hotspot in Gent!

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN: KALANDEBERG 10, GENT

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter our lunch + a bit of shopping, Josie and I went back to our hotelroom to change outfits. Yup, that’s the life of a fashionblogger, haha! And how awesome are our matching sunnies by the way?!

 

ROMAIN ROQUETTE

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSTRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter shooting some more outfit pictures + shopping we wanted to grab some dinner. Because it was a really hot day, we decided it was best to go for a salad. Luckily, there was a salad bar right next to our hotel, called Romain Roquette. It was brand new (it just opened for a couple of months) and I really digged the interior of the restaurant. Very Scandinavian and minimalistic, aka totally my style!

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSI went for a mozzarella salad + some lime lemonade. This salad was sooo freaking good you guys! I’m definitely gonna make a salad with spinach and mozzarella from now on too! So yeah, this is definitely the place to be if you want to grab a good, healthy salad in Gent!

ROMAIN ROQUETTE: NEDERKOUTER 7, GENT

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter our dinner it was time for, of course, even more outfit pictures. You can check the outfit of the day blogpost that I did of this outfit here. And yup, shooting outfit pictures with 2 cameras is how fashionbloggers really do it, haha!

 

CAFE THEATRE

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSWe were pretty tired after our first day in Gent, but we did find some energy to do some cocktails. The staff at our hotel recommend Restaurant Cafe Theatre for some nice cocktails. I ordered my go-to mojito drink, which was really good actually. The other drink was called Flower Power, but it was a bit too sweet for me. Still a really nice spot to chill and drink something in the evening!

CAFE THEATRE: SCHOUWBURGSTRAAT 5-7, GENT

 

DAY 2

BARISTA COFFEE & CAKE

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSSo on our second and last day in Gent we decided to explore the city a bit more before heading back home. After our lovely breakfast in the Ibis hotel, we wanted to grab some coffee + something sweet. Well, Barista Coffee & Cake was definitely the place to be! Because it was freaking hot outside, we went for an iced coffee. I also ordered moelleux, which is a very heavy chocolate-y cake. It was sooo yummy you guys!

BARISTA COFFEE & CAKE: HIPPOLIET LIPPENSPLEIN 25, GENT

 

MUD STORE

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTS TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSWhen in Gent, you have to visit the Make-up Designory’s Store, aka MUD Store. MUD is an American make-up brand that isn’t sold in The Netherlands. Closest country where you can get this professional make-up brand is in Belgium. We had a lovely talk with the owner of the store. He explained the idea and history behind the brand. I didn’t buy anything from MUD, but next time I’m definitely going to try one of the concealers or eyeshadows there, because they were super pigmented!

MUDSTORE: NEDERKOUTER 124, GENT

 

FITHAP

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSAfter we visited MUD Store, we wanted to grab something to drink. It was sooo hot outside, so we needed a drink asap. Fortunately, there was a cool cafe right next to MUD Store called Fithap. Josie and I decided to go for a smoothie. Her smoothie was really good, but my green smoothie was pretty horrible, haha. Okay, I still finished, because it was so healthy, but no green smoothies for me anymore, haha.

FITHAP: VLAANDERENSTRAAT 113, GENT

 

TRAVEL DIARY | CITY TRIP TO GENT + HOTSPOTSSo that’s it for this blogpost! This travel diary ended up to be a tad bigger than I expected it to be, but I really hope it was helpful for everybody that’s planning a trip to Gent or wants a cool, not so common destination for a city trip. Don’t forget to tune in at 3 PM for my vlog of this trip to Gent too! Have a good day and I will talk to you later!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO GENT?

xo Lilia

15 Comments

  1. July 6, 2015 / 08:59

    Ik was gisteren ook een dagje in Gent en ik ben er vooral verliefd geworden op & Other Stories. Ik vind het echt een fijne stad om te shoppen!

  2. July 6, 2015 / 09:07

    Wat een leuke stad! Gent wil ik ook altijd nog eens heen. De hotspots die jullie bezochten zijn erg mooi, fijn dat er een saladebar naar het hotel zat. Echt lekker met dit weer :).
    Liset – Beautydagboek recently posted…Bobbi Brown lip color in 33 Brownie

  3. July 6, 2015 / 10:15

    Your travel two piece is gorge on you, so much healthy food – mozarella, spinach and tomatoes = dream team! Busy in Gent, didn’t know about the MUD store, there, interesting!
    Jasmine recently posted…Hoe overleef ik uitgaan?!

    • July 6, 2015 / 18:03

      Haha it was definitely a dream team indeed! xo

  4. Sofie
    July 6, 2015 / 10:43

    Leuk artikel ! Vanwaar is de witte crop top die je aanhebt ? Vind hem zo mooi !

    • July 6, 2015 / 18:02

      Hij is van Bershka! xo

  5. July 6, 2015 / 11:52

    Mooie foto’s zeg! Ben benieuwd naar alle ootd’s! Zelf ben ik een keer een dagje geweest in Gent en ik vind het echt een geweldige stad! Prachtige architectuur :)
    Sherilynn recently posted…Malasaña: the ‘hipster place-to-be’

    • July 6, 2015 / 18:02

      Ik heb er al eentje gepost en morgen komt de laatste online! xo

  6. July 6, 2015 / 19:52

    Het ziet er echt top uit! Je hebt prachtige foto’s gemaakt

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