What to eat in Belgium without going broke in the attempt?
What to eat in Belgium? If your answer is waffles and chocolate, then you should read this entry. Belgium more than that! Find out what else it has to offer
Although Belgium is a very small country, it has a lot of history and many places to visit. Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Louvain… If you are passionate about the Middle Ages, then this should be one of your top tourist destinations. And believe it or not, it also hides a very varied gastronomy waiting for you to be discovered. Don’t ever ask yourself, what to eat in Belgium? Take notes!
If you go sightseeing in Belgium or, especially, in Brussels, you will notice that there are a lot of fry shops. So it is not surprising that one of the star dishes of Belgium is the French fries.
Although everyone knows how to cook them and, in practice, they are very easy to prepare, there is a big difference between the fries from one place to another. If you’re looking for the best fries in Brussels, then you should go to Fritland.
It’s a fry shop opened in 1978 and it’s located very close to the Grand Place. No matter what time it may be, you’ll certainly have to queue up to buy their fries. But the wait is worth it!
Cuberdons are traditional cone-shaped sweets of Ghent. Although the originals taste like raspberry, nowadays you can find them in many different flavors. This candy has two different textures. On the one hand, its outer layer is hard. On the other, its interior contains syrup which gives it its flavor.
The most curious thing about this sweet is that its recipe remains in secret.
Although, in my opinion, they are over sweet, you should try them if you find them! They are the great unknowns of Belgian gastronomy.
Although it is a traditional Dutch dish, it is included in this list because they are very popular in Brussels. You can find them in every fry shop in the city.
It’s a fried sausage which is longer than a regular one… They can reach more than 18 centimeters! Unlike a regular sausage, frikandel is brown and it has a rough texture. It is a snack perfect for any time. And if you order it to take away you can eat it walking around, so, in my opinion, it is one of the best options if you do not want to waste a minute of going sightseeing.
Along with fries, mussels are another of the most traditional dishes of Belgium. Although, at first, they may seem incompatible… In Belgium they are! They both form the famous “Moules Frites” menu. You can find it in all the restaurants in the historic center of Brussels.
But there is a restaurant that stands out above them all for its long history. Its name is Chez Leon and it has been open for more than 120 years. In addition to offering one of the most economical menus, possibly it’s one of the most delicious. And if you’re a beer lover… You should know that they make their own beer!
If you take my advice… You shouldn’t leave Brussels without eating here!
Despite not being as well known as the previous dishes, flemish carbonade is included in the Culinary Heritage of Flanders. It’s a stew made with veal and beer, perfect for winter days.
Like mussels, we’ve tried it at Chez Leon. Despite being a delicious dish, we found it quite small in relation to its price. In other countries, such as Ireland, where you can try similar stews (such as the Irish lamb stew with Guinness), dishes are usually bigger and cheaper.
In any case, even if it is an expensive dish, it is worth trying at least once.
Waffles are probably the most popular food in Belgium. No matter where and when you’ll always going to see someone on the street eating one. Or even people queuing up to buy one, even if there are thousands of different stores to have a one.
Although at first, they all seem similar, some of them have more history than others. And Le Funambule is possibly one of the oldest waffle shops of all Brussels since it has been opened since 1867. You can find one of them very close to the famous Manneken Pis. Every time I’ve been to Brussels I haven’t missed the change of tasting their waffles… To me, they are the best ones!
Belgian chocolate is famous for respecting the standard of pure cocoa. In Belgium, the rules of artisanal production, such as not introducing vegetable fats, continue being respected, obtaining a 100% cocoa product. For this reason, Belgian chocolates are considered the best in the world.
If you’ve never tried them and you’re skeptical… I dare you to have one as soon as possible! You are going to understand what I’m talking about.
Even if beer doesn't literally answer the question: what to eat in Belgium? It deserves a spot on this list as it is another of the most well-known Belgian products in the world. If you didn’t know it, the Unesco has declared Belgian beer as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Like chocolate or waffles, you can find it almost in every store. There are a myriad of different brands and types. Try them all, it’s an impossible mission. But if there’s one you shouldn’t miss, that’s Delirium Tremens. In addition to being very good, they have their own giant pub. Thousands of people go there every day as if they were in a brewing pilgrimage!
If you are a beer lover, this is one of the first places you should visit in Brussels!
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