5 typical Belgian things to eat in Brussels

November 2022

5 typical Belgian things to eat in Brussels

Hello dear colleagues!

My name is Sarah, I'm a GP born and raised in Brussels. I deeply love my city, and I'm sure that sharing my favorite places with you will make you love this city as much as I do.

While traveling, I noticed that the first thing that comes up in a conversation when I say I'm from Belgium, is usually something about food. It is true that, while our cuisine might not be the healthiest, we have a few national specialities that have made us famous around the world.

I could list so many things that are typical from Belgium, but sometimes you have to make choices, so here is my selection of the top 5 foods you should definitely try while being in Brussels:

1. Belgian Fries

Don't let them fool you: they might be called "french fries", but even our neighbours admit that the best fries in the world come from Belgium.

There's still a debate to know what is the ultimate “fritkot” (= place where you buy fries) in Brussels: Maison Antoine or Frit Flagey.

Why not try both and decide for yourself?

2. Chocolate

Obviously, Belgium is known worldwide for its chocolate and delicious pralines.

Côte d'Or, Neuhaus, Leonidas, Godiva, Galler, ... You will see shops from all the best brands as you wander around the city.

My insider tip for those who know there's no such thing as "too much chocolate": go to the Neuhaus outlet for some free pralines tasting and for outrageous discounts on big quantities (1, 2, 3 kilos of praline)

3. Waffles

Don't fall for the tourist traps in the city center that offer all kinds of toppings for a scandalous price.

It's actually pretty rare for Belgian people to have a huge waffle with fruits, chocolate and whipped cream. We tend to like our waffles very simple: who needs topping when they're so delicious on their own?

My advice: just go have your waffle at the first ice-cream truck you find, it will be cheap, and just what you need!

Extra-tip: there is a new trend of salty waffles. If you want to give it a try, my personal favorite is Boentje café, a very cosy zero-waste cafe and the perfect spot for a quick lunch.

4. Mussels

When talking about traditional dishes, mussels and fries are as Belgian as it gets.

To try it, the most famous address is definitely Chez Léon, right in the heart of the historical city center.

5. Meatballs

One very typical Belgian meal I loved as a kid was meatballs with fries. The meatballs can be prepared in a thousand different ways: in tomato sauce, à la Liégeoise, cooked in wine or beer sauce...

If you want to try it, I recommend going to Ballekes. Note that they also have vegan options, so no one misses out on the experience!

So this is it for today, but you might hear from me again for more suggestions on things to do or see (or eat ;)) in Brussels.

Take care,