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Zeegeuzen – a maritime tavern and one of Ostend’s great little secrets


Charming though it is, the superb Belgian coastal resort of Ostend can be quite a difficult town in which to procure a late beer (and by late, we mean after 9pm) – the culture tends toward cafĂ© bar society and, even on a weekend in June, many of these establishments shut up shop relatively early.

Careful rummaging through some of the side streets back from the main promenade will yield a few gems, however, and none more pleasing than the excellent Zeegeuzen, a maritime themed bar on Kapucijnenstraat 38.

Authentically local, this is one of those rare treats that takes you a little off the beaten tourist track, and the atmosphere and decor are exciting, cosy and inspiring; traits that put the warm smile on your face that you wear when you know you’ve stumbled across something extra special, somewhere that feels like a little secret.

Being orientated towards native Ostenders (although extremely welcoming and friendly to visitors), drinks prices are below average, and there’s a great selection on offer, including some of the much sought after local brews. Wines and spirits are, of course, also plentiful and again, served at slightly lower prices than the norm.

We stayed until midnight, by which time – despite it being a Monday – this paradisiacal little spot showed no signs of closing, but we were wont to travel on the morrow, so allowed a modicum of common sense to prevail.

But it was tough dragging ourselves away and, although better than never, lamentable that we had only discovered Zeegeuzen on our last night.

Kapucijnenstraat 38
8400 Ostend


Tel.: 0032 496 93 73 09

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