Towards the end of 2012, my friend and I were able to take a trip to Brussels for a one night stay, taking in as many sights as possible during our limited time there. From wandering around the Grand Place to restaurants like Manneken, to checking out the museum area and a late night trip to L’Archiduc - quite simply the best bar that I have visited in a long time – we had a great time for our first girly weekend break away together.
In between taking in the sights and developing achy feet from our thirst to explore, we made many stop off’s to sample the food of Belgium. From sweetly-topped waffles to savoury dishes like Moules-Frites, Belgium offers such a range of gastronomy that you simply can’t avoid absorbing it. I thought I would use this post to share to few photos of foods that we tried during our stay in the country.
Here’s my top six foods that you simply must try if you’re taking a trip to Brussels:
1. Belgian waffles
Whether you’re looking for a waffle topped with fresh fruit, chocolate or any number of sauces, there is an unbeatable range of freshly baked waffles readily available around the city. My personal favourite has to be a slightly warm waffle topped with sliced bananas, fresh cream and maple syrup – delicious!.
2. Mussels (or Moules-Frites when served with fries)
Mussels or ‘Moules-Frites’ if accompanied by fries are a tasty favourite that is popular when served in a white wine sauce with onions and parsley. I had tried mussels before my trip to Brussels, but they taste all the better when prepared like this and especially when served with fries.
3. Kriek aka cherry beer
Kriek which is basically a cherry beer had to feature on my list. I rarely drink beer but this particular one is a must-try. With a light, fruity taste and served in easier to consume portions it’s well worth sampling to wash down all of the many foods that you’ll be consuming.
4. Belgian Fries with Mayonnaise
Sold in shops called ‘Friteries’, Belgian fries and mayonnaise are a popular snack that are generally served in a cone. Great for walking and eating at the same time, I tried this portion from Frit’n Toast which were reasonably priced and served a good portion size. If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, you can try any number of sauces to suit your taste.
5. Belgian chocolates
For high quality gourmet chocolates, Belgium offers a fantastic array that is sure to cater for any chocolate-lover. From coconut to orange to cream and the Belgian speciality of praline (to name a few), the country offers such a variety of chocolates. Even for a non-chocolate fan like myself, I had to appreciate the vast and plentiful range that is in endless supply.
Which Belgian foods have you tried? Can you add more to my list?