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Café Den Turk

Café Den Turk

The oldest café in Ghent with a beautiful brown interior and some of that typical Ghent arrogance, known for pouring the best draught beers in Ghent. Whiskies, cognacs and sandwiches ‘mee uufflakke’ (brawn). The regular haunt of many local councillors who go and enjoy a pint there after council meetings. This 15th-century house was built during the same period as Sint-Jorishof around the corner. The Den Turk house was the base of the young St George’s guild (Sint-Jorisgilde). The façade is made of sand lime, which was often used for prestigious buildings in 15th- and 16th-century Ghent. The popular café Den Turk claims to be the oldest café in Ghent, and many councillors and civil servants like to pop in for a drink after their council meetings.
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Galgenhuisje

Galgenhuisje

What is now the smallest café in Ghent, used to be the tripe house, where less well-off people could purchase entrails. Because of hygienic reasons these could not be sold in the Butchers' Hall itself. The name of the café, however, refers to the function of the rear side. Condemned men and women waited there for the execution of their sentences. 18th-century “brown café”, the smallest in Ghent, which has been a café non-stop since 1776. The terrace is larger than the café. Two basement halls for parties, also larger than the actual café.
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