10 Things to eat in Brussels and where

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Joel Fulleda

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Each city boasts one gastronomic tradition which is worth to be "tasted". Brussels is no exception, the Belgian capital famous above all for its "legendary sprouts", but which boasts in its menus sweet and savory mouth-watering dishes, to be tasted with a very fresh beer and often at reasonable prices. Here she is top ten of Brussels gastronomy offered for you by ForTravelAdviceLovers.


  1. Sprouts (or sprouts)
  2. Pommes frites / french fries
  3. Moules et frites
  4. Waffles
  5. Waterzooi
  6. Carbonade flamande
  7. Stoemp
  8. Croque Monsieur
  9. Lapin aux pruneaux
  10. Belgian chocolate
  11. Where to eat in Brussels: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Sprouts (or sprouts)

We couldn't not kick off this Brussels gastronomic decalogue with reach par excellence of the city. There are numerous cooking and seasoning variations for this small vegetable, but with an extraordinary taste and nutritional properties. Seeing is believing!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: sprouts, oil, salt, vegetables

2 - Pommes frites / french fries

A real institution of Brussels street food, but not only. The French fries, cut irregularly at the moment and served in the classic cardboard cone accompanied by various sauces, they are a "must" in Belgian cuisine. Eat alone or as a side dish to other dishes (as we will show you by scrolling through this list), they can create a real addiction in the tourist!

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner or as a snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, oil for frying, ketchup

3 - Moules et frites

Here the potatoes give the leading role to mussels, serve in a cast iron pan, stew and season with garlic, onion and white wine. A curious combination but strongly appreciated by those who have had the pleasure of being able to taste it.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 15,00 to € 20,00
  • Main ingredients: mussels, potatoes, garlic, onion

4 - Waffles

A sweet break from these tasty and very salty courses. The waffle - now known all over the world - is nothing more than a very soft one waffle heated between two plates and served with the most disparate and exquisite ingredients. A few steps to get a delicious and energetic snack or breakfast.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: starting from € 1,00 (depending on the filling, the price may increase)
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, whipped cream, nutella, icing sugar

5 - Waterzooi

Originally conceived as a fish-based dish, today the Waterzooi - a dish of Flemish origin - is usually prepared with chicken meat. The presence of cream remains unchanged, which gives this stew a delicate and tasty flavor.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken, cream, leek, potatoes, carrot

6 - Carbonade flamande

In Brussels, meat dishes are depopulated. The more "elaborate" variant compared to the waterzooi is represented by the Carbonade flamande, beef or veal stew in flour, lard and beer.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: beef or veal stew, beer, minced herbs, flour

7 - Stoemp

Another potato-based dish is the stoemp. In this side dish, excellent to accompany meat dishes, the potatoes are mashed and enriched with carrots, bacon, cream, nutmeg and pepper, to give the sprint to an otherwise too dull recipe.

  • Recommended to: lunch or dinner as a side dish
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, bacon, cream

8 - Croque monsieur

The cuisine of Brussels is strongly influenced by the French influence and that is why the Belgians faithfully reproduce - or almost - some dishes. Croque monsieur comes from the transalpine culinary tradition, grilled cheese sandwich flavored with bechamel and cooked ham.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, cheese, whole milk, cooked ham

9 - Lapin aux pruneaux

Another meat dish, this time tender rabbit, served with a delicious plum sauce: a not exactly unusual mixture of meat and fruit, but certainly successful.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: rabbit meat, plums, raisins

10 - Belgian chocolate

It is not a real dish, but it is one sweet specialty of Brussels and of the whole nation. Going on a trip to the capital and not trying this authentic delicacy would be a real crime!

  • recommended: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: 100 percent cocoa butter

Where to eat in Brussels: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Among the many historic buildings, museums and neighborhoods, Brussels is absolutely worth a visit also to learn about its culinary tradition and, above all, its incredible beers!
Surely you have already heard of Delirium, with more than 2.500 types of beer from 60 countries. And in addition to the famous waffles, the delicious chocolate and those praised as the best French fries in the world, Belgian cuisine will have a lot to offer you!

Don't worry, the city is full of clubs of any kind: from the cheapest ones to the most important ones, from those where you can sit for hours to take away ones that will allow you an excellent lunch even in the most hectic days because of the many things to see. And then there is no shortage of places that produce waffles, the many chocolate shops where you can get lost inside and the beautiful little bars and cafes in every corner of the city.

1 - Fin de Siecle

  • Description: one of the best restaurants in the city where you can taste and savor traditional Belgian cuisine, all accompanied by a craft beer; a little retro style place
  • specialty: carbonade
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Rue des Chartreux 9 - Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Ballekes

  • Description: modern design venue located near the Grand Place; here you can taste mainly the famous Belgian meatballs, accompanied by chips and an excellent beer; there are also other traditional Belgian dishes
  • specialty: meatballs
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Rue des Chapeliers 3 - Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Amadeo

  • Description: in the center of Brussels, not far from the Grand Place, this place is an all you can eat of ribs, the best you can eat in the city; special and welcoming interiors, you will feel like you are inside a huge library
  • specialty: ribs
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine 26 - Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Le Bistro - Porte de Hal

  • Description: brasserie far from the historic center, in the Gare du Midi area, the main station of Brussels; here you will find typical Belgian dishes and excellent craft beers in a modern and welcoming environment
  • specialty: meat dishes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Boulevard de Waterloo 138 - Get directions

5 - Maison Dandoy

  • Description: restaurant near Grand Place, specializing in waffles, the most famous dessert in Belgium; in this tea room you can choose between different variations and indulge yourself with toppings; biscuits are also to be tasted, among all the Speculoos, the best ones, must be tried
  • specialty: Waffle
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Rue Charles Buls 14 - Get directions - Facebook page

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