Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks. The city also has various land-based casinos where you can play scratch card games, Blackjack and many more.
With so many delicious things to eat, drink and play, it can be difficult knowing what to choose, so we have made a list of 5 things that are famous in Brussels.
When you think about chocolate, Belgian is probably the first place that comes to mind. Belgian pralines consist of a chocolate shell with a liquid filling. It is traditionally made of different combinations of almonds, sugar, syrup and often milk-based plates. Praline was invented by Jean Neuhaus (Belgium’s most famous chocolatier). While it was invented by Neuhaus as a way to cover up the bitterness of medicine, it has changed the way people enjoy chocolate forever.
Today, Belgian chocolate is famous throughout the world and it plays a strong role in the Belgian economy. There are over 2,000 chocolatiers in the country, so if you’re visiting Belgian, you shouldn’t hesitate to try this delicious treat.
Belgian Trappist Beer
A low alcohol beer was a sanitary alternative when clean drinking water was not readily available in the 12th century. The Trappists originally brewed beer to feed their family, in a perspective of self-sufficiency. Fourteen monasteries currently produce Trappist beer and six of them are in Belgium. Despite its high alcohol content, Belgian beer is refreshing and tasty. The beer varies in strength, colour, sweetness and it has a full taste. Woodsy, hoppy and somewhat fruity are often the names associated with Trappist brews. Delirium café, Moeder Lambic, Au Brasseur and A la Mort Subite are some of the best bars for beer tasting in Brussels.
The Belgian waffle is one of the most popular dishes you must try in Brussels. Your experience in the city might change the way you think of Belgian waffle forever. It was originally leavened with yeast, but now baking powder is often used. Belgian waffles are often eaten as a breakfast food. They may also be served with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit as a dessert. Tearoom of Maison Dandoy offers wafflers and they both have Liege and Brussels waffles for you to choose. You can go for a waffle with powdered sugar if you want to eat like a Belgian.
Waterzooi is a stew dish from Belgium. It is sometimes called “gentse waterzooi” which refers to the Belgian town of Ghent where it originated. The original dish is often made of fish, vegetables and herbs. Chicken is also a popular alternative to fish in the recipe. If you want to try chicken waterzooi in Brussels, Le Cirio can be a great choice. It is a charming brasserie with classic interior and outdoor tables.
Liege meatballs are classic Belgian meatballs served in brown gravy. A mix of beef and pork is used to make the meatball and to make the gravy sauce, an apple-butter like the spread is cooked with onions and vinegar. In Brussels, you can find it at Brasserie de la Presse.