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Food and Beer in Brussels

Food and Beer in Brussels

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-oldTrappistales to funky lambics fermented with wild yeast. Beer geeks covet rare bottles ofWestvleteren 12andCantillon’sfruit-infused lambics, while more ubiquitous brews likeOrvalandChimay Tripelremain ever-popular staples. Though Belgian beer is strongly guided by tradition, a new generation of craft breweries likeBrussels Beer ProjectandBrasserie de la Senneare beginning to transform the scene.

 

If beer is taken seriously, then Belgian food is, too. The city is peppered with elegantchocolate shops, each of which makes more delicious and refined truffles than the last—an extensive chocolate tasting is an essential Brussels experience.Wafflesmay 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 carbonnadeflamandeorwaterzooi. And be sure to sample mussels and fries, ormoules-fritesas 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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Marc's Belgian beer tour in Brussels

Marc's Belgian beer tour in Brussels

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Pleasure your palate with the rich taste of Belgian beers on a 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 different types of beer. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to ensure a better experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

Brussels all-in discovery tour: beer, waffles, mussels and chocolates

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Discover the cultural delights and delectable bites of Belgium on a 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.
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  • 4 hours
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Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels

Belgian Beer Tasting in Brussels

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Pleasure your palate with world-renowned Belgian beers on a beer tasting tour of Brussels. Accompanied by your 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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Brussels Culinary Evening Tour

Brussels Culinary Evening Tour

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Discover the cultural highlights and delectable bites of Brussels on a 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 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.
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  • 3 hours
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Discover Brussels beer world with a chocolate pairing by a young local

Discover Brussels beer world with a chocolate pairing by a young local

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Savor classic Belgian beers and snacks on this 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.
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  • 3 hours
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