Chocolate & Waffles in Brussels, Belgium
The last stop on our 10-day, 5-city tour around Belgium was the capital city of Brussels!
Brussels is such a fun foodie city. Stephanie and I seriously ate our way through this place! We had chocolate, waffles, and fries galore. I think I gained 5 pounds just in Brussels alone! We also discovered Brussels has an amazing international food scene.
My favorite thing about Belgium was the waffles! We learned the very important difference between Belgium’s two different types of waffles — the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle.
Keep reading for more about the waffles and everything we ate in Brussels! But first.. Here are all the main sites in Brussels you definitely don’t want to miss. :)
What to Do
The Grand Place is the main square of Brussels.
The buildings are absolutely breathtaking! Definitely go to the Grand Place and gawk at the beautiful architecture. But don’t eat here. Head to Place Sainte-Catherine for tons of amazing restaurant options.
The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is a beautiful indoor covered shopping alley with Brussels’ finest high-end shops.
Perfect for taking a stroll and sampling all the fancy chocolates! :)
While you’re at the Galeries Royales, be sure to check out the nearby pedestrian shopping street, Rue des Bouchers. Such a fun, colorful street right in the heart of Brussels!
The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a beautiful Roman Catholic church in Brussels.
Loved the stained glass!
The Royal Palace of Brussels is the official palace of the King and Queen of Belgium.
The Arcades du Cinquantenaire is a monumental triple arch in the center of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels, Belgium. The arch was planned for the world exhibition of 1880 and was meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium.
Head to the Mont des Arts for a beautiful overlook of Brussels. From here you can see the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall in the Grand Place.
The Manneken Pis is probably the main tourist attraction of Brussels. It’s a 24-inch high bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain. Every time we passed by he was always surrounded by tourists taking his picture! Erected in 1619, it’s said to be the “Symbol of Brussels”.
The city even dresses him up for special occasions. He has over 900 costumes! This day he was wearing his soccer uniform for the big game!
Where to Eat
So we all know Belgium is FAMOUS for their waffles. But what you may not know is that they have two different types of waffles that are totally unique from each other.
The first is the Brussels waffle. This is what we know in America as a typical “Belgian waffle” — tall, crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside.
We had the BEST Brussels waffle at Maison Dandoy. It was hands-down the BEST Belgian waffle I have ever had. So unbelievably crisp on the outside!! The line was long but they had tables and chairs outside to sit and eat. Most of the other waffle shops were just walk-up shops so you had to stand and eat your waffle. I prefer to sit down with a fork and knife! :)
However, the hidden secret of Belgium is the Liege waffle. If you’ve never had one, they are LIFE. CHANGING. This waffle is made from a yeasted dough, and it’s much more dense than a regular waffle. But what makes Liege waffles so special are the pearls of sugar mixed into the batter. When the waffle is cooked on the hot iron, the sugar caramelizes on the outside. The outside is crispy and the inside is sweet and gooey!!!
In Brussels you can find many “create your own” Liege waffle shops — especially around the Manneken Pis. They’re kinda like a froyo shop… You buy the plain waffle and then can add any/all toppings you want!! Nutella and whipped cream are my personal favorite!!
Maison Dandoy in Brussels is famous for their speculoos cookies and spread. As previously mentioned, they also make fabulous fresh waffles, hot off the iron as you order. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask, they’ll put their famous speculoos spread on a hot waffle for you! :)
Belgium is also famous for their chocolate! Obviously we had to sample as much as possible while we were there. You know. For research purposes.
We found incredible handmade gourmet chocolate at Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier. Laurent Gerbaud himself actually sat down with us and gave us a personal taste testing of his favorite creations. Don’t leave Brussels without a box of pralines from Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier.
Boulangerie Charli has the most AMAZING French pastries in Brussels. I am obsessed with Kouign Amann — a sweet, flaky pastry from the Brittany region in France. It is very hard to find anywhere outside of this region… even in Paris! I was OVER THE MOON when I found it here. It was hands-down some of the best Kouign Amann I have ever had — even better than what I had in Paris!! It’s only rivaled by the Kouign Amann I had in Brittany. NOTE: They only make Kouign Amann on Wednesday. I would honestly plan my trip around this. Make sure you’re in Brussels on a Wednesday. ;)
Brussels has an amazing international food scene! I absolutely feel in love with the Portuguese pastries from Foracdo. So delicious!!
The next few restaurants are some great lunch and dinner options for Brussels. Above is the massive beef rib for two at Colonel. It’s huge!!
It also comes with Belgian fries. Delicious!
We were completely stuffed, but of course we had to try the homemade Snickers when we saw it on the menu!
How beautiful is La Quincallerie??
This restaurant is ideal for fresh fish, oysters, and seafood in Brussels.
We had to try the “Dame Blanche” for dessert — vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate sauce and homemade whipped cream!
We had a seriously unforgettable 7-course gourmet meal for lunch at Gramm. The restaurant is super unassuming and unpretentious but the food is incredible!
Where to Stay
We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Made in Louise, in a quiet neighborhood of Brussels. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the main tourist area. Perfect for when you want to be within walking distance to all the action, but still in a quiet area so you can relax and sleep at night!
The rooms were gorgeous, spacious, and very comfortable!
We had the best time taking the train all over Belgium. We used a Eurail Global Pass from ACP Rail. The trains in Belgium are fast, reliable, modern, extremely easy to use, and will take you everywhere you want to go. Everywhere we went was less than 1 hour by train from Brussels.
Thanks so much for reading!! Stay tuned for our day trip to the Netherlands to see the tulips!! :)