In Brussels, gluttony is a delicious sin, as its produce has both heart and soul. Hypnotically-flavored chocolates, Brussels waffles, and crispy chips, food is something to be enjoyed to the maximum in Brussels!
When you arrive in Brussels, close your eyes… and breathe in the magical scents permeating the neighbourhood of its master chocolatiers. Melt before the manons, truffles, mendiants and other chocolate delights that are bought and sold in the innumerable shops all around you. Try your hand at one of the many workshops just waiting to teach you the art of making chocolate delicacies. Have a party with your fellow travellers at the chocolate shops that open their doors and hearts to you… there’s even something for everyone. Discover chocolate’s most intimate secrets in its city’s museums.
Amongst the numerous specialties of Belgian and more particularly Brussels cuisine, let’s unravel the waffle. The inviting aroma of freshly prepared Brussels waffles: at the same time, warm, light, deliciously crusty outside and soft inside. They differ from wafers or other waffles that you enjoy cold. For the Brussels waffle, you sit down at a table, you generously sprinkle icing sugar all over it (the waffle, not the table obviously) and if you prefer it rich, you can top it with whipped cream which will slowly melt. It’s pure bliss!
When you ask for a waffle, be sure to specify “Brussels waffle” because in Belgium waffles come in all sorts and sizes in the various regions of the country, each having its own specialty, mostly cold versions of it. Amongst other famous waffles, there is the Liège waffle with chunks of sugar, which caramelize rendering a slightly sticky outside. This waffle is also preferably eaten lukewarm.
If you do not have a sweet tooth, don’t worry- we got you covered. For the salt lovers, tuck into a portion of chips as you take a stroll through Brussels. Forget “potato wedges” or “French fries”, indulge into the original Belgian chips: the popular snack and comfort food, which has been around since long before hip food trucks started to appear in the city, and can be bought in chip shops, stalls and vans. There’s nothing more Belgian than a cornet or box of the golden fried batons.
Purists bicker about the correct potato varieties and cooking temperatures, but at the end of the day, a delicious portion of chips – is all that matters! The Brusselicious label guarantees that an establishment serves freshly cut chips that are perfectly fried and served with home-made sauces.
The perfect combination of sweet and salty — Brussels offers your tastebuds a gastronomy ride which you will never forget.
About Visit Brussels
The Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium comprises of 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (in which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region.
Brussels is one of the most popular tourist spot in Belgium and is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.