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Belgium: Food & Drink


  • French fries with ketchup and mayo
  • Belgium waffles with fresh berries
  • Belgian waffle with ice cream, chocolate and mint
  • Women baking Belgium waffles
  • Belgium chocolate

Food

As a result of many invasions over the centuries, many outside powers have influenced Belgian cuisine.  From the Romans to the French, they have all left their mark on one of Europe’s finest food cultures.  While many associate Belgium with waffles and chocolates, there is much more to this country.  Chefs and families alike rely on local resources including fish and mussels, pheasant, rabbit, venison, beef and lamb.

 

Popular dishes include:

Boudin Blanc and Boudin Noir: These are blood sausages that were inspired by the French.

Belgian Fries:  While known internationally as French Fries, this favourite snack actually originated in Belgium.

Vlaamse Stovery (also known as La Carbonade Flamande): This dish is a beef stew that is cooked in rich, dark beer.  It is usually accompanied by fries or boiled potatoes.

Gaufres (Waffles): A true Belgian specialty, Belgian waffles are cooked on a special waffle iron.  There are two different types of waffles, one that originated in Brussels, and the other in Liège.  The Brussels waffle is rectangular, golden brown and served with sugar, whipped cream, ice cream, strawberries and chocolate.  Liège waffles on the other hand have a burnt sugar coating and are usually served by street vendors.  

Moules Frites: This dish is simply delicious mussels and chips.

Chocolate: Belgian chocolate is known internationally and is truly world class.  True Belgian specialties are pralines, which are filled with cream, nuts, and dark chocolate and then covered with either milk or white chocolate.

 

Drink

Much like chocolate and waffles, the beer culture in Belgium is world famous.  The brewing history dates back to the Middle Ages, and as a result, there are now more than 450 different varieties with around 125 breweries.  Famous beers from Belgium include Stella Artois and Hoegaarden.

 

Things to know:

A service charge of 16% is usually added to hotel and restaurant bills.  Anything above this is at the discretion of the client.

 

Drinking age:

16 for beer, 18 for spirits. 


 

Belgium Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Belgium.

Learn about the history and culture of Belgium, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Belgium's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Belgium for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Belgium tours today!

 


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