Ghent's urban jungle: my favorite plant shops

08 August 2020

4 plant shops in ghentMy love for special house plants sprouted a good two years back, inspired by my fellow plant-obsessed colleagues at the coffee place I was working at and further encouraged by Pinterest. Since then I've been growing a little green family of my own, some times successfully, other times not so much. But every plant I own, or previously owned, has truly brought me a bit of happiness. There's just something so satisfying about a plant growing a new leaf or a cactus flowering, as if they're telling you they're well taken care of.

Over time I found some regular spots to stop by when I'm looking to expand my collection. Of course there are plenty of online shops to order from, but I try to remind myself to shop local and honestly there's nothing like an afternoon of plant hunting to feed the soul. Especially in Ghent, which has a couple of urban jungle gems even not-so-plant-obsessed people would appreciate. Below I'm sharing four of my favorite plant shops in different corners of the city.
4 plant shops in Ghent

Broesse

The humidity in the air when entering the shop immediately gives away Broesse's specialization in tropical plants. In this tiny shop you'll come upon all types of green beauties from the better-known Monstera species to rare Philodendrons and gigantic Alocasias. At the bar in the back there's also a small seating area where you can take a break with a homemade lemonade and other refreshments. What I really appreciate about Broesse is you never leave without getting a few words of advice on how to take care of the plants you're taking home, which can be really valuable if you're only just getting into it.
BAUDELOSTRAAT 13 | broesse.be

Stek

Fancy some breakfast before starting your plant hunt? Stek, which translates to both 'cutting' and 'spot' in Dutch, is a plant shop as well as a coffee and brunch bar. They have a really lovely terrace in the back, while in the front you can take your pick from a variety of indoor greenery. Colorful Aglaonema and Tradescantia, uncommon cacti and succulents... At Stek you'll undoubtedly discover plants you'd never seen before.
NEDERKOUTER 129 | stekgent.be

4 plant shops in Ghent

Little Green Stories

Little Green Stories is definitely my go-to when I'm in the mood to treat myself to a little something green. The shop is always so packed with plants you actually feel like you're making your way through the jungle whilst browsing. Next to planters and other plant care accessories, here you can pick up gorgeous Calatheas and Sansevierias, all kinds of hanging plants or just as well a larger ficus or umbrella tree.
SINT-JACOBSNIEUWSTRAAT 82 | littlegreenstories.be

Dille & Kamille

Dille & Kamille is a Dutch brand with several shops in Belgium and The Netherlands. Their offer covers a mix of home products from kitchen utensils and tableware to dried flowers and a selection of plants often cute cacti too. They also sell a lot of lovely pots, with new collections coming out every season. Located right in the center, you're most likely to encounter Dille & Kamille on your stroll through the city.
HOORNSTRAAT 15 | dille-kamille.be


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