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Food and Beer in Brussels

By Viator, July 2018

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Renowned for waffles and beer, mussels and chocolate, hearty stews and speculoos, Belgium as a whole—and Brussels in particular—is an ideal destination for food lovers, beer experts, and all-around gourmands. Here are the dishes, drinks, and other culinary delights to discover on your next trip to the Belgian capital.
 
Must-Try Dishes and Brews
Belgium produces some of the world’s most storied brews, from centuries-old Trappist ales to funky lambics fermented with wild yeast. Beer geeks covet rare bottles of Westvleteren 12 and Cantillon’s fruit-infused lambics, while more ubiquitous brews like Orval and Chimay Tripel remain ever-popular staples. Though Belgian beer is strongly guided by tradition, a new generation of craft breweries like Brussels Beer Project and Brasserie de la Senne are beginning to transform the scene.
 
If beer is taken seriously, then Belgian food is, too. The city is peppered with elegant chocolate shops, each of which makes more delicious and refined truffles than the last—an extensive chocolate tasting is an essential Brussels experience. Waffles may be a common street food snack, but given that they often come topped with fresh fruit, whipped cream, or speculoos spread, they can be quite decadent.
 
Visiting in the winter? Settle in with a hearty stew like carbonnade flamande or waterzooi. And be sure to sample mussels and fries, or moules-frites as it’s known locally— this is widely considered Belgium’s national dish.
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Head out on a beer tour to a craft brewery, or visit traditional brewers like Cantillon Brewery and 3 Fonteinen.
  • Sample truffles and pralines during a Belgian chocolate tour, or attend a cooking class to learn how to make chocolate from scratch.
  • Enjoy gourmet Belgian food at one of the city’s elegant brasseries, and order a seafood platter complete with gray shrimp, a local favorite.
  • Master the art of Belgian waffles during a hands-on cooking class, or go on a walking tour of the city's top street food purveyors.
  • Go for a beer tasting in one of the city’s popular beer bars, like the Delirium Café, whose menu boasts more than 2,000 brews.

Tours & Tickets

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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 519 Reviews

Explore Brussels on a 4-hour guided walking tour with a twist as you following the trail of the city’s top chocolate shops. Your guide will point out the major ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.51
Small-Group Brussels Beer Tasting Tour, Brussels, Chocolate Tours
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Small-Group Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 422 Reviews

Take this Brussels beer-tasting tour to discover why Belgium is so famous for its mouth-watering beers! No country in the world boasts a brewing tradition as ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.51
Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels, Brussels, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels

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Taste why Belgium has received worldwide acclaim for its craft beer on this 2.5-hour guided tasting tour in Brussels. Your guide will fill you in on how to ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.25
Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour, Brussels, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

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Become a chocolate connoisseur in just 2.5 hours by joining this chocolate tasting tour in Brussels, the world's chocolate capital. In small groups your ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.53
Brussels Chocolate Workshop, Brussels, Chocolate Tours
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Brussels Chocolate Workshop

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Learn how to make delectable Belgian chocolates from scratch in a fun 2.5-hour workshop. You’ll craft at least 30+ chocolates yourself, including pralines and ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.75
Brussels Food and Beer Walking Tour with Mussels and Chocolate, Brussels, Chocolate Tours
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Brussels Food and Beer Walking Tour with Mussels and Chocolate

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Indulge in Belgium’s culinary delights while doing some sightseeing on this walking tour of Brussels. Venture past Brussels’ main sights including the UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.44
Brussels Night Walking Tour: Gourmet Belgian Food, Brussels, Food Tours
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Brussels Night Walking Tour: Gourmet Belgian Food

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Discover Brussels, the gourmet city, by night on this fantastic three hour, small-group, foodie walking tour! Visit Brussels’ tastiest restaurants, ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.44
The Ultimate Chocolate Experience: Brussels with a Local, Brussels, Food Tours
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The Ultimate Chocolate Experience: Brussels with a Local

The only thing better than eating chocolate must be eating chocolate in Brussels, the praline and truffle capital of the world! With a like-minded (and ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.02
Treasure Hunt and Beer Tasting in Brussels, Brussels, Chocolate Tours
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Treasure Hunt and Beer Tasting in Brussels

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In this 3-hour tour, enjoy a fun and unique experience by discovering the city. Then start your treasure hunt in the streets of Brussels. We also be indulging ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.82
Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Brussels Including Meal, Brussels, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Brussels Including Meal

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Skip the line at the Hard Rock Cafe in Brussels and head straight inside to dine on its classic American-style food! Choose from two different menus (either a ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.30

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