Our to-do list for our visit to Brussels included the typical tourist attractions like The Grand Place and Manneken Pis, however what we were most excited about was to try the local cuisine.
A mixture of fries, chocolate and beer is nearly a perfect meal for us so we headed to the streets of Belgium’s capital city to do our, umm, “research” for this article.
Did you know that french fries originated in Belgium and have since become the national snack? It’s easy to see why – they definitely know how to cook their frites here in Brussels!
Our tip – skip the mayonnaise and opt for the Sauce Andalouse. It’s similar to Thousand Island Dressing made with a mixture of mayonnaise, tomatoes and peppers (pictured above left) and is absolutely delicious!
Waffles are a great street snack in Brussels and we made sure that we got to try a couple whilst walking around the city. Our favorite was the traditional Liège waffle from Belgaufra with caramalized sugar covering the buttery-sweet treasure beneath. Mmmmm!
Think Belgium and you think chocolate – the quality of ingredients in the chocolate here is superior, making Belgian chocolate famous around the world.
We hit up many stores around the city for their free samples and even tasted strawberry-flavored Manneken Pis chocolates (see photo above). If only we had room in our luggage to take home boxes of this stuff – it’s delectable and extremely addictive!
Belgian beer is some of the best in the world so we couldn’t leave Brussels without indulging in some. Hoegaarden was our beer of choice and if we had the time/opportunity/budget to try every different variety of beer we wanted to, we would’ve left the country extremely hungover!
For beer lovers in Brussels, head to Delirium Cafe which is home to a collection of over 2,000 beers – more than enough to suit any taste.
Which of these culinary options is the most appealing to you?