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  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany2,920 contributions
    Great Square In An Awesome City
    This square got its name for the Friday markets. It is in the heart of Ghent just off the main area. There are lots of good restaurants around the square. You can also watch life pass by as people hustle about and kids play.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,734 contributions
    Recommended by a Local
    This was recommended by a local friend so we went and found various items for sale, sort of a flea market. Practical for shopping. On a big square with lots of places to eat and drink around.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,433 contributions
    Large urban square
    Vrijdagmarkt is the largest public square in Ghent's historic city area. In contrast to the more glitzy squares nearby, this is a humble place with more on functional use. There are some cafes and restaurants right at the square.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 11, 2023
  • tk3232
    Sugar Land, Texas3,824 contributions
    Worth to visit especially in market days
    This large square represents Ghent as a city of the common people, and several days a week, it hosts a market. We arrived in Ghent on Saturday and knew that there would be a market in this square in the afternoon. I got some cute casual pants and eyeglasses. Usually the biggest market is in Sunday morning. But besides the market business, the square is big and beautiful with the statue of Jacob van Artevelde in the center. Also this is a great place to eat, drink and watched people.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
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London, UK107 contributions
Feb 2020
This square is well worth walking around it, you will find many things to do that will keep you busy for a good 90 minutes or longer. Expect culinary and historic experiences and incidentally, the Patershol is right next to it....just across a little bridge.
Written February 16, 2020
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Chris S
Poole, UK1,106 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We didn’t see this place at its best as market was packing up and it was very wet and miserable. I guess I might rate this higher had it been a sunny day and more vibrant. Check market times as it appeared to end early.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jim W
Sindelfingen, Germany2,920 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This square got its name for the Friday markets. It is in the heart of Ghent just off the main area. There are lots of good restaurants around the square. You can also watch life pass by as people hustle about and kids play.
Written April 21, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
May 2023
This was recommended by a local friend so we went and found various items for sale, sort of a flea market. Practical for shopping. On a big square with lots of places to eat and drink around.
Written May 19, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We came to this Square purely by chance, while wandering the streets of Gent. We were glad we did because there is so much there of significance and also the place itself is full of shops, restaurants and so much more. We have ever been to Gent once, on this day trip only, and in fact we have only ever visited Belgium once, and on this occasion we enjoyed the day immensely. Vrijdagmarkt has a bit of a dark past as well. It used to be a place of public executions, in the old days, with the last one being in 1863! On Fridays and Saturdays there are markets being held which make each day special. Gent was an important textile market centre, in the 14th century, back in the middle Ages and during the Hundred Years War which involved France and England, (funnily enough, the war lasted 116 years from 1337 to 1453!) one of the local heroes, Jacob van Artevelde, managed to break the boycott of English wool exports, which eventually benefited Gent and revived its textile industry. Jacob van Artevelde was actually killed during a riot at the time, but the locals honoured him with a statue which can be seen in the middle of Vrijdagmarkt. Some of the architecture in the Vrijdagmarkt is lovely, but the Little Tower building is the only original 15th century survivor. Most other buildings are much more modern. There is a large and imposing building which apparently belongs to the Socialist movement and with the words Bond Moyson on the façade, which was actually built in the early 20th century.
Written January 25, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We arrived at this Market just as it was closing down! We had been wandering around the streets of the city for several hours and then, quite by chance, we stumbled across the Friday Market at this beautiful square. This is a great idea which takes place in many European cities. The locals obviously are the ones who really benefit. As for tourists, well, they just walk around taking photos (as we did...) and invariably getting in the way of the real shoppers! Nevertheless it was a lot of fun, for us as tourists, anyway!
Written January 28, 2019
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SimonSaysGent
gent23 contributions
The best open-air supermarket in Gent on fridays. The place to get fresh fish, fruit & vegetables etc. Also organic fruit & vegetables, organic goat's cheese in various different forms. Also worth visiting the flea market on the St. Jacobs next to the Friday Market.
Written September 29, 2009
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tikki2015
De Haan, Belgium579 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I wasn't aware this market is crowdy with locals. The vegetables and fruit are great and I all the terraces were full booked around the place. The gave even discounts at the end around 12:00 for friendly people, I suppose....
Written July 2, 2018
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Matt P
Surrey, UK252 contributions
Aug 2019
Busy but average food and clothing market. Poor quality cheap clothing. Some of the food and fish trucks did look very good and were crowded with customers. Its worth a diversion from the tourist market closer to the river, if you happen to be in Ghent (Gent) on a Friday.
Written August 18, 2019
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Ana Perera
Havana, Cuba31 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
While visiting gent went to visit this famous squared with great architecture , 5th-century Toreken, all the buildings on the Vrijdagmarkt date from the 18th century . In previous centuries, this square was where the greater part of public political and social life took place. It was here that rulers were solemnly received, feasts celebrated and feuds settled. Nice open air market take place in the weekend .Around the square are many good coffeeshops and restaurants

Written September 13, 2017
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