Food and Beer in Brussels

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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.
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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Learn about the history of Brussels and its love affair with chocolate on a 4-hour walking tour led by a guide. Walk past the Royal Palace and Art Nouveau architecture and stop in exclusive chocolate boutiques for tastings as you go. After sampling truffles, pralines and more, attend a chocolate-making workshop where you'll learn the secrets behind the sweets.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Pleasure your palate with the rich taste of Belgian beers on a 4-hour beer-tasting tour of Brussels. Accompanied by an expert guide, discover why Belgium is famed for its effervescent ales and gain insight into ancient brewing traditions; visit a variety of popular bars and cafes and sample rich meats and creamy cheese alongside eight different types of beer. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to only 25 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

Taste and nibble your way through the world's chocolate capital on this small-group tasting tour in Brussels. Visit six of the city's most renowned and elegant confectioneries to sample gourmet Belgian pralines (truffles) and learn fun facts about the history of chocolate making from a guide. Take a taste of Brussels back home with a 10% discount on shop purchases.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Chocolate Workshop

When visiting the chocolate capital of the world, learn to make your own gourmet cocoa treats with this fun and scrumptious chocolate workshop in Brussels. Starting from scratch, create the two most typical types of Belgian chocolate—pralines and mendiants—with the help of a professional instructor. Learn easy and authentic methods you can mimic in your own kitchen, and finish with more than 30 handcrafted dark chocolate treats to take home in a box or gobble up.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Beer and Chocolate Tour in Brussels

Belgium is celebrated for its chocolates and its beers, and on this delicious tour, you’ll sample both. Meet your guide in the city center, and set off on foot: you’ll visit a number of Brussels’ top chocolatiers, and will try upwards of 12 different varieties. Then, continue to the Grand Place, where you’ll visit several bars and pubs and will enjoy at least six different traditional Belgian brews, plus cheese and cured meats. As you go, you’ll also see highlights like the Manneken Pis and the Royal Galleries.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Brussels Food Tour: 10 tastings

Benefit from a flexible itinerary and a dedicated guide on this private, food-focused tour of Brussels. You and your private party will stroll through the city and stop for 10 different tastings, including the famous Belgian fries and high-quality truffles. Along the way, your guide will detail the culinary history of Belgium in their commentary, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Brussels Chocolate Tasting Tour

Enjoy a delicious introduction to Belgium’s chocolate-making traditions on this tasting tour of Brussels. Meet your group directly at the city’s famous Grand Place, and venture to an array of Brussels’ beloved chocolate shops. Learn about local delicacies, discover how chocolate is made, and do plenty of sampling. As you go, you’ll also visit popular Brussels highlights like the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, will tour the lively Sainte Catherine neighborhood, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels

Pleasure your palate with world-renowned Belgian beers on a 2.5-hour beer tasting tour of Brussels. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, educate your taste buds to recognize fine Belgian beer and gain insight into what distinguishes the amber liquid from other beers around the world. Absorb the ambience of convivial bars and taverns as you explore the thriving beer scene of the city on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Waffle Workshop

Roll up your sleeves, indulge your sweet tooth and prepare some of Belgium’s most famous snacks on this 1.5-hour waffle workshop experience in Brussels. With all your ingredients and cooking tools supplied, listen to instruction from your host and get whisking! Prepare your waffle dough according to age-old Belgian tradition, bake it in the oven and decorate with all the chocolate, cream, honey and fruit your heart (and taste buds) desires. This waffle workshop welcomes adults and children alike, and no previous cooking experience is needed.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Brussels Food and Beer Walking Tour with Mussels and Chocolate

Discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Belgium on a 3-hour culinary tour of Brussels. Accompanied by a gastronomic guide, visit the glamorous Royal Galleries (Galeries Royales St-Hubert) and the gorgeous Grand Place while stopping intermittently at charming cafes, ambient taverns and refined restaurants for a taste of Belgium’s culinary culture. Savor the rich flavor of local delicacies like steamed mussels, crunchy frites and sublime chocolate and gain fascinating insight into the culinary and cultural traditions of the country from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brussels Pub Crawl

If you want to experience Brussels nightlife to its fullest without spending a lot of money, then a 4-hour pub crawl is a great option.  Breeze pass the lines with VIP entrance and throw back a free welcome shot at each venue. You also enjoy discounts at each location, so you can stretch your budget even further.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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3-hour Beer Tasting Tour in Brussels

From light, fruity beers enjoyed in summer to specialist Trappist brews dating back centuries, Belgium is famous among beer-lovers for the diversity and quality of its breweries. On this tour, explore Brussels with your guide and see the best of the Belgian beer scene. Sample locally brewed beers in three of the city’s best bars and find out what makes Belgian beer so special.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Brussels Including Meal

Sail past the long lines outside the Hard Rock Café in Brussels with a priority access pass that includes a delectable dinner. Select from a 2- or 3-course menu of American inspired cuisine and soak up the electric atmosphere of a popular cultural institution. Marvel at the rock ’n’ roll memorabilia that adorns the walls and see handwritten lyrics by Guns N’Roses and a lace outfit worn by Madonna. After your culinary feast, emerge in a central Brussels location to continue exploring independently.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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4-Hour Small-Group Beer and Food Pairing Tour in Brussels

Eat, drink, and learn on this 4-hour small-group walking tour of Brussels. Get the inside scoop on Brussels’ best beer taverns, and hear some valuable history from your guide, as you discover the secrets of Belgian beer as you sample eight local brews at a traditional tavern and local restaurant. Each tasting is paired with an array of local foods, from delicious moules (mussels) and frites (fries), to creamy Belgian chocolates.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Belgian Beer Workshop with Tasting in Brussels

Get to know the history and methods behind Belgium’s famous brewery culture with a 75 minute beer-tasting workshop in central Brussels. Learn about the fermentation and brewing process, and taste five different ales, stouts, and lagers like a pro with the help of an expert beer enthusiast guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Belgian beer & chocolate tasting

Belgium is famous for brewing great beers and making delicious chocolates,...but did you know that combined in a smart way beer and chocolates produce amazing new unique flavors?! Discover with us 5 beers & 5 chocolates that match and learn how to pair beer with virtually anything!
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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A Feast for Foodies in Brussels: Private Experience with City Host

Enjoy a delicious introduction to Brussels’ classic dishes—and venture to locals-frequented eateries that many tourists overlook—on this private food tour of the city. Meet your guide at a location that works best for you, and get ready to explore. You’ll visit family-owned brasseries, will explore traditional cafes, will drop by cozy taverns, and more. As you go, learn more about the city’s rich culinary scene and enjoy upwards of six dishes, plus beers or soft drinks.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Ultimate Chocolate Experience: Brussels with a Local

Chocolate lovers need look no further than the Ultimate Chocolate Experience walking tour in Brussels. You set the pace on this immersive cocoa experience.  Follow your private guide to the city's top chocolate boutiques, including a stop at the city’s oldest chocolate shop.  Learn all about the chocolate making process from plant to praline, as you sample up to eight cocoa flavored treats, all prepared locally.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Belgian Beer Tasting Tour in Brussels

Savor classic Belgian beers on this 2-hour tasting tour in Brussels. With a beer-expert guide, visit some of Brussels’ best-known and hidden-gem bars to sample some unique and traditional Belgian brews, from fruit and malted varieties to sour, brown, and blond beers. Learn how the beers are brewed as you sip and swap notes, and enjoy local snacks for the true Belgian beer experience. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people maximum.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Make Delicious Belgian Chocolate with a Chocolate Expert!

Immerse yourself in the culture of Belgian chocolate with this chocolate-making workshop in Brussels. Listen to narrative that explains the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process while you learn to make truffles and mediants. You'll get your hands deep into the chocolate and make your own that you can take home for your family and friends.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Treasure Hunt and Beer Tasting in Brussels

Belgian beer is world-famous, but finding the best spots to sample it can be difficult. Discover the city and its bars on a unique scavenger hunt tour, inspired by Louis Pasteur. Spend your afternoon strolling the streets and solving riddles, along the way visiting 4 different taverns for tasters of typical Belgian beers.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Viva Brussels Food and Beer tour

Belgian gastronomy is all about chocolate, waffles, beers and fries. But that is not all! Our Food and Beer walk of Brussels takes you through the streets of this city, introducing you to its culinary diversity. You get to try various savoury foods, drink local beers and indulge on delicious chocolate treats. And it all comes with a great deal of stories behind!
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Brussels Night Walking Tour: Gourmet Belgian Food

Discover the cultural highlights and delectable bites of Brussels on a 3-hour culinary tour of Belgium’s capital city. Sample a selection of sumptuous specialties as you visit some of Brussels’ most popular food stops with an expert gastronomic guide; gain fascinating insight into the country’s esteemed cuisine and learn fascinating facts about the city’s rich heritage. Enjoy an intimate experience on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to only 20 food-lovers.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Belgian Beer Discovery

Beer connoisseurs and novices alike will enjoy a three-hour Beer Discovery walking tour in Brussels.  You and your private guide will visit the city’s best loved pubs, where you’ll enjoy six to eight locally prepared beers.  Let your guide suggest different drinks based on your preferences, as you learn about the local beer culture.  You’ll also get locals-only recommendations to maximize the rest of your time in the Belgian capital.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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