Although maybe not really "alternative" - they probably bake more or less like everybody else - this small and always cramped bakery / cafe with it's wooden tables and chairs of different makes, in an old building close to everything in the old town of Ghent, is different and cozy.
We were in room number one, above the cafe, a light, big room with many windows, opposite the entrance to the design museum.
Excellent internet, good beds. Low price. Stay here.