WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN BRUSSELS

Although I left Brussels some days ago am still dreaming of its food. But boy, I have to admit that if I had stayed for long, probably would’ve fallen into an eternal food coma 😕

Before arriving at the city, I only had in mind waffles, chocolate and beer, like loads of beer. We’re not going to lie. After spending 5 days in and beyond I can assure that there’s much more to eat and I did a research on where to eat the best waffles, best chocolates, best fries and best beer in Brussels.

Let’s the food game begin!

Waffles Brussels

WAFFLES ON WAFFLES ON WAFFLES

While in the city centre, wherever you go, wherever you are going to find a waffle shop. You know waffles have got to be serious when nearly every food truck in the country sells the exact same food item. Belgians don’t mess around with that.

Indulge yourself with the Brussel’s Waffle version, fluffy, light and generally rectangular, or with a Liege Waffle, which is more doughy with chunks of sugar in the batter that caramelise as it cooks. The result is a more dense, chewy waffle with golden chunks of melted sugar baked right in. Pair it with dusted sugar, whipped cream, strawberries, Nutella or whatever you can imagine (thus there are plenty of toppings to go around).

Although all these little stands, there’s nothing better than an artisan waffle, and in my opinion, the best place you could eat waffles all over the city is Le Maison Dandoy. Yuuuum 😛

Frites French Fries Brussels

FRITES!

Fries -or frites in french- are a huge part of Belgium’s cultural heritage. Though the origin of fries isn’t clear, there is no doubt that here is where have been perfected. Cooked twice in tallow oil, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, are served piping hot in a paper cone with a large dollop of mayonnaise (or another one of the 10 or so sauces to choose) on top!

While you can get fries at any restaurant, they are invariably best from an authentic Fritkot, the fries kiosks that invade all the city. While most of them do serve other foods (all of them deep-fried), the highlight is always cooking fries to a crispy, golden perfection.

You can eat them at Maison AntoineFritland and Frit Flagey.

Chocolate Brussels

THE BEST CHOCOLATE!

Belgian chocolate doesn’t need any introduction. Everybody knows that Brussels is not just the capital of Europe but the chocolate capital of the world. A place where one only has to breathe the city’s air to get a heady hit of the delicacy.

Although most of the cacao doesn’t come from Belgium but from numerous places around South America, Africa and beyond, after years and years of chocolate trading added with the high-level competition for quality chocolate, the chocolatiers in Belgium have learned some tricks that make chocolate tastes as good as it does in Belgium nowhere else in the world.

My all time favourite chocolate shops are Neuhaus, Galler, Laurent Gerbaud, Pierre Marcolini and Godiva, where mountains and mountains of chocolate would make you mouth-watering. But the best of all arrives when they give you free samples, yay! 😀

BREWERIESDelirium Cafe, Brussels

    DELIRIUM CAFÉ

Over 3000 types of beer are what you can find at the Delirium Café. Nowhere else in the world there is so much variety, so merry yourself and go tasting beers! Within you’ll make friends and all the beers, you wouldn’t leave the local. I warned you 😉

Once inside, be sure to try a Delirium Tremens, the beer that makes reference to a condition where, as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, one would hallucinate and see pink elephants (therefore, the pink elephant logo on the beer).

Cheers!

moeder Lambic Brussels

    MOEDER LAMBIC

This place is the perfect one to try the lambic beers, a type of beer fermented spontaneously by being exposed to wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Zenna valley in which Brussels lies and which gives the beer its distinctive dry, vinous and cidery flavour. Among the styles of this family, I went for the Kriek, the one made of cherries. Very sweet for my taste.

The friendly staff would kindly introduce you to the lambic world and to some beers you might never have listened before.

A la mort Subité Brussels

    À LA MORT SUBITE

Next to the Saint-Hubert Galleries and behind a simple facade, hides a classical tavern dating from 1928, where it serves one of the most famous beers of Belgium, À la mort subite.

With a more sophisticated drinking crowd than the other two breweries above, it is also a great place to go for a lambic beer. Their specialités are the Gueuze and the Kriek ones. But if you are not a lambic lover, they’ve got plenty of beer on tap as well.

Oh, and you can choose between some tapas to pair with the beer, but in my opinion are pretty expensive and not very remarkable.

RESTAURANTS

Chez Leon Brussels

    Chez Leon

Just situated at the Rue des Bouchers, the street with more touristy restaurants in Brussels, it is one of the most known restaurants for Moules et frites, the national Belgium dish of steamed mussels with fries! At a reasonable price of 15.99€ for the Formule Leon (mussels, frites and a beer!) is the only one worth going eating in the whole street and an unmissable when visiting Brussels!

Brussels Comme Chez Soi

    Comme Chez Soi

A trip to Brussels wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the two Michelin-starred Comme Chez Soi for all these travellers who have a fine taste. Let yourself go by the house specialities that have held their own over four generations.

Besides serving great food, Comme Chez Soi is also well known for its fabulous wine collection. So people fly in from all over the world because of the beauties they have in their cellar.

EXKI BRUSSELS

    EXKI

This healthy chain of restaurants is all over the city centre. They serve from fresh salads to soup, sandwiches, pasta, desserts and cakes! And they have vegan and vegetarian options too. A perfect choice if you want to eat something quick on the street or in the hotel, at the same time you want to avoid the unhealthy options and stop gaining weight for a while 😉

 

Have you been to Brussels? Which are your favourite spots for waffles, chocolates, fries or beer? Tell it in the comments below!


					
35 Comments
  • Kristen Carlson
    Posted at 01:03h, 27 October Reply

    This just made me so hungry. <3

  • Gina
    Posted at 02:44h, 27 October Reply

    I loved this post and I’m definitely pinning it. I’m so glad that you wrote down where to get all these delectable delights. I recently learned fries came from Belgium so I HAVE to try the most delicious fries in the world, right? 😉

  • Jess
    Posted at 04:41h, 27 October Reply

    That food (especially the waffles) looks amazing! I have to go to Brussels even if it is just for the food!

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 12:39h, 27 October Reply

    Those are some of the most amazing waffles! Any idea how waffles because such a big part of Brussels food heritage?

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 20:37h, 27 October Reply

      Cause once you have tried them, you can’t live without them!! Haha 😀 I have no idea, only know that are very yummy!

  • Clare
    Posted at 13:45h, 27 October Reply

    I have never been to Brussels, but would love to go just to try the waffles. Ok maybe the chocolates too!! Looks like a great place for a long weekend, I will add it to my list 🙂

  • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling
    Posted at 16:45h, 27 October Reply

    I love Brussels, I have been several times and still feel I haven’t seen it all. Thanks for this list, now you have given me even more reasons to go back there soon! 🙂

  • Naomi
    Posted at 17:20h, 27 October Reply

    I love Belgium food. In Holland, we eat our chips from a small plastic blister container but my mom has childhood memories of chips from a paper cone bag. So everytime I see a paper cone bag (all over Belgium!!) I have to eat it because it feels like such a treat! LOL and thanks, now I crave for waffles.

  • Sara Essop
    Posted at 17:37h, 27 October Reply

    This food looks amazing, especially the chocolate. I think that I should do a foodie tour when i go to Brussels.

  • . Ro
    Posted at 18:48h, 27 October Reply

    Omg, the pics in this post are making me hungry. The fries, the chocolate, the waffles. Yum.

  • Arzo Travels
    Posted at 21:52h, 27 October Reply

    Wow, though I am not a fan of Belgium waffles ( I prefer the slimmer ones) these waffles look great, especially with the Nutella/chocolate on it. Wanted to head to bed but might have to go and eat something now :/ 🙂

  • Jessica
    Posted at 23:49h, 27 October Reply

    Ugh I should NOT have read this on an empty stomach! I’m about to fly there right now just for some yummy waffles! These all look like great recommendations. I didn’t know that there were that many things to eat there besides Brussel sprouts 😉 Haha just kidding! Thanks for the guide and the eye candy!

  • Eric || The Bucket List Project
    Posted at 12:22h, 28 October Reply

    I think I got diabetes just thinking about all that chocolate!! hmm Chocolate! Wow, those pics are phenomenal. ON my bucket list I often have fun adventure activities like eating sushi in Japan or smoking a Cuban Cigar in Cuba and I just recently completed Drinking Port Wine in Oporto, Portugal. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of Belgium and all its great foods/beer. Guess I need to add Eat Belgian Waffles, Drink Belgian Beer (which I love), and devour Belgian Chocolates in Belgium!

  • Tamara - @ Girlswanderlust
    Posted at 16:28h, 29 October Reply

    Great post! Since I live in the Netherlands, I have been to Belgium several times. However, I’ve never been to Brussels before. I love the Belgian waffles, they’re delicious! Same as the Belgian chocolates of course :-).

  • Lia @ Practical Wanderlust
    Posted at 17:12h, 29 October Reply

    This is so helpful for our upcoming trip to Brussels for New Years! Thanks for sharing such an informative guide!

  • Alessandra
    Posted at 17:12h, 29 October Reply

    Gosh your pictures made me feel so hungry! Love the tips – wish I had them when I visited Belgium a few months ago. Will definitely keep these in mind now for next time. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Alessandra

  • Katalin @Our life, our travel
    Posted at 17:47h, 29 October Reply

    Oh, those waffles! I have been only once in Brussels but I still can feel their taste in my mouth!
    And chocolate and beer and mussels! I have to go back to Belgium!

  • Jessica C
    Posted at 18:41h, 29 October Reply

    I’ve been to Belgium, but not Brussels. However, I think the Belgians in general have some of the best treats! I fell in love with a REAL Belgian waffle…those ones the have in the U.S. just do not compare. We have good fries in Amsterdam, so I’m not lacking there…but the chocolates….TAKE ME BACK!!

  • Eva
    Posted at 18:58h, 30 October Reply

    I love this post, but I’m also a big food lover. Wherever I go, I need to try the local food. I’ll have to find a way to go to Brussels now, I guess!

  • Camilla
    Posted at 10:38h, 03 November Reply

    Went to Brussels for the first time one month ago. So much delicious food! 😀
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

  • Tyler Janee
    Posted at 11:29h, 03 November Reply

    Putting the Delirium cafe on my list!

  • Faith Coates
    Posted at 11:36h, 03 November Reply

    you had me with the food, those waffles and frites look so tempting. I have had Brussels on my to do list now for a long time and this kind of post just makes me want to jump on board any transit to get there, nice job.

  • Mimi
    Posted at 12:05h, 03 November Reply

    These waffles sounds so much like a BAD idea for my health haha (fat belly much?) wow oh wow it looks yum!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 14:47h, 03 November Reply

    LOL! I love the addition at the end of the place to get healthy food. When I visited all we ate were the fantastic waffles! 🙂 They were simply amazing. Chocolate plus waffles equals heaven!! 🙂

  • Christie
    Posted at 22:25h, 03 November Reply

    Omg I’m trying to eat healthy and this post is killing me! It all looks so good… I love nothing more than chocolate 🙁 Haha. Pinning this for when I finally go!!

  • Janine Good
    Posted at 04:50h, 04 November Reply

    What a great guide! I love Belgian Waffles with any topping imaginable. Your photos made me so hungry. I also love the chocolates. Just divine!

  • Abigail
    Posted at 05:54h, 04 November Reply

    Sampling local food and restaurants is definitely my favorite part about traveling. You’ve tried some pretty good ones. But that chocolate pic is making me have a major sugar craving right now! Lol

    Abigail of GlobalGirlTravels.com

  • Melanie G
    Posted at 12:16h, 04 November Reply

    Reading this made me totally want to raid my daughters halloween candy. Although, I’m sure it doesn’t compare to those chocolates! And those waffles look to die for!

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 14:39h, 04 November Reply

      At this moment, happy to not be one of them 😛 haha

  • Kassie
    Posted at 15:58h, 04 November Reply

    Those waffles tho 😍 Seriously it looks like brussels is the place to be if you are a foodie. Guess I have to go! Beer, chocolate, fries and waffles are all my favorite things!

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 16:25h, 04 November Reply

      Then, you have to go there seriously! 🙂

  • neha
    Posted at 04:40h, 16 November Reply

    All that yummy food!! And Brussels is a lovely place to visit. My husband had gone there years back on an official trip. That time, I didn’t know much about the place. Now I regret not availing of the chance and going there with him…next time..

  • Kristine
    Posted at 10:03h, 16 November Reply

    I often go to Exki here in France. For a takeout place it’s nice to have something a little more healthy 🙂 I loved Brussels… And I totally agree with you – Delirium café is the best place in the city for beers 😀

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 11:06h, 16 November Reply

      I had no idea there were EXKIs in France, I loved this healthy option, and for an incredible affordable price!😊 I would return to Brussels only for more nights at Delirium Café haha

  • melbtravel
    Posted at 14:56h, 16 November Reply

    Brussels is definitely a food heaven 🙂 and everything tastes so great. Chez Leon looks like a yummy place to eat especially those steamed mussels. And at 15.99€ sounds like a reasonable price considering how expensive things are these days for good quality food. Your pictures have definitely made my hungry now 🙂

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