Compared to some other European destinations, Brussels tends to keep a low profile when it comes to culinary prowess. There is, however, an abundance of great food and drink to be had in this Belgian city. Meander the cobblestone alleys and browse the myriad shops surrounding Grand Place, because, within minutes, the aroma of waffles wafting through the air will surely arouse your appetite.
There’s no need to be a pastry connoisseur to want to taste the best waffles in Brussels. With two delectable options –– the Brussels waffle (rectangular and flaky) and the sweeter Liege waffle (rounded corners and a pearl sugar coating) –– these carb-laden delicacies remain more than an occasional treat to native Belgians. Sure, a sweet afternoon pick-me-up might be welcome, and a late-night bite hits the spot, but Belgian waffles, with their deep pockets and yeast-leavened batter, can and should be savored at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus any time in between. We’ve selected some of the best waffles in Brussels.
Rumor has it that this small stand boasts the best Liege waffles in Brussels. Choose from vanilla, raspberry, apple, chocolate, and cinnamon, but no matter your choice, each doughy delight bursts with flavor. Crispy and caramelized on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside, Vitalgaufre’s waffle is the ideal grab-and-go snack, no toppings needed. Though it’s probably not the best spot to try when time is of the essence, don’t let the long queue at the shop discourage you, either –– the line moves quickly.
23-29 Rue Neuve
Don’t be fooled by what appears to be a touristy locale in Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, because the Brussels waffles at this charming yet typical Euro café are heavenly and a favorite among locals. Keep it simple and order the cherry-topped waffle with a cappuccino, or make a meal out of it when you opt for the ‘Mikado’ topped with vanilla ice cream, paired with a cup of hot chocolate. Take advantage of the lovely location as well as the sidewalk seating when the weather cooperates.
Galerie du Roi 9
Hollandaise never tasted so good. Peck 47 is not solely for waffles, but this bustling restaurant serves up savory waffle brunch dishes. Try the eggs Benedict on a whole wheat waffle, or the Peck Special, made with two poached eggs on top of chorizo and goat cheese waffles, with bacon and a spicy sauce. Vegetarians can go for the meatless version or the Vegetarian Special, which contains healthier spinach and mushrooms. Complete your waffle brunch with one of Peck’s pressed juices or smoothies, and for cocktail drinkers, a mimosa or bloody Mary will hit the spot.
Rue du Marché aux Poulets 47
Adjacent to the famed Mannekin Pis, this compact shop sans seating whips up some of the crispiest Liege waffles in town. Order the plain version for only one Euro, or dress up your waffle with strawberries and whipped cream, melted chocolate, bananas, or Nutella for a few more Euros. Pay no mind to the flimsy forks, but rather, take hold of these gooey waffles with your hands and go to town. Le Funambule stays open until 11 p.m. every night, perfect for those post-dinner dessert cravings.
Rue de l’Etuve, 42
Established in 1829, Dandoy might be renowned for its flagship biscuits and cookies (the Speculaas are equally decadent), but the pastry purveyor produces arguably the finest tasting waffles in town. One Brussels waffle from this local favorite near Grand Place won’t be enough. Airy with a melt-in-your-mouth texture, these waffles should be enjoyed in their purest most perfect form: with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Sound too plain? Top yours with ice cream, whipped cream, or fruit, if you must, or act like a Belgian and let well enough alone. If you’re in the mood for a sweeter albeit heartier bite, opt for Dandoy’s version of the Liege waffle, instead.
Rue Charles Buls 14, and other locations