A great city with plenty to do - such as museums, walking the cobbled streets to view the fine architecture, see the town square and churches/cathedrals; take a canal boat ride; eat great food and try the many beers.
I went once in Ghent during july the Ghent festival. It was wonderful, a lot of live music every where, and people very kindly (I recommend the ROCOCO bar, (only candles).
This time during the new year's day, I saw a lot of tourist in the street, and people in ghent no so gentle, mostly if you speak French.
Ghent is has a fantastic old town and my Belgian friends recommended it over the more touristy Brugge (I could only go to one city, not both).
There is lots of shopping in the city center, but offerings are meager compared to what's available a short distance away in Brussels. Instead, Ghent's appeal is its old city center and the lovely canals and cathedral towers. I think two nights would have been perfect; I stayed one and it wasn't enough, but three would have been too much.
Beautiful chocolates, great architecture and a really happening bar, restaurant and food scene as well as emerging fashion.
it's beautiful historical architectural by the small river, great to explore the city and not too touristy area yet.