5 Best Restaurants in Kortrijk, Ghent and the Leie


$$$$ Fodor's choice

The only downside to Rebelle is that it's not exactly convenient. It lies a few miles outside the city center, in the small village of Marke, but it's more than worth the effort to get there. A minimalist makeover of the interior makes room for its inventive three-, six- and seven-course menus, which bring all the color. Save room for the pandan rice pudding. 

Rekkemsestraat 226, Kortrijk, 8510, Belgium
Known For
  • Creative cooking in a slick setting
  • Its three-course menu is decent value at €45
  • Friendly, knowledgeable service
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

De 7 Zonden


This place is well hidden from the street, as you enter what is seemingly a mall. But that quickly gives way to a whimsical open-air terrace and a rather cozily lit bar-restaurant. The food decidedly leans towards Italian, though the menu is flecked with the odd Flemish specialty and heaving piles of mussels. A small but polished selection of local beers accompanies big portions and a good atmosphere. 

Leiestraat 22, Kortrijk, 8500, Belgium
Known For
  • Wonderfully discreet location
  • Good Italian and Flemish comfort food
  • Surprisingly excellent value, with most dishes less than €20
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends

De Trog


A beautiful old mansion house is the home of this charming organic bakery and café. Its courtyard terrace is a pleasant spot on a sunny day, though the menu is typically geared towards cold weather: think heavy pastas and Flemish staples alongside a few salads. Its stoempe (veggie mash) and sausage is hearty in all the right ways. 

Plein 12, Kortrijk, 8500, Belgium
Known For
  • The terrace is delightful
  • Interesting daily specials
  • Sweet treats like pain d'epice
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Wed.

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Table d'Amis


When Table D'Amis closed in 2018, art historian-turned-chef Matthieu Beudaert handed in Kortrijk's only Michelin star and decided to go back to basics: gastronomic food at a decent price. It has recently reopened and is no less inspired, with dishes such as breaded veal sweetbreads smoked on a tobacco leaf hinting at the daring below the surface. Set menus start from €62, though dishes can be ordered à la carte. 

Sint-Maartenskerkhof 8, Kortrijk, 8500, Belgium
Known For
  • Wonderfully creative cooking
  • Informal fine dining
  • A menu full of surprises
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Tues.

Va et Vient


Chef Matthias Speybrouck got his start working under mercurial Belgian chef Kobe Desramaults, and he learned well. His modern riverside restaurant has a rather industrial vibe, but it fits the "rough and refined" ethos of the menu, where he digs deep into local produce to create some surprising combinations. 

Handboogstraat 20, Kortrijk, 8500, Belgium
Known For
  • Great setting along the Leie riverbank
  • Decent-value set menus at €45
  • Nice terrace in summer
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.