As much as I love the historic and cultural aspects of travelling in Europe, food is a huge part of the experience when visiting certain countries. Belgium is a perfect example of this, with the capital Brussels being one of the top foodie destinations in the world.
A great way to experience the specialties of Belgian cuisine is through a cooking class in Brussels. In this guide, I recommend the best classes where you can learn to make Belgian chocolate and waffles.
Brussels Cooking Classes
It might be superficial to only think of beer, chips, chocolate and waffles when thinking about Brussels. There is considerably more to Belgian cuisine, no doubt.
But the reality is those specialties are a huge part of what makes Brussels a top food destination.
I’m sure the locals roll their eyes at that suggestion, but for those of us short on time, we’re often looking for the highlights.
One of the best ways to get involved on a trip to Brussels is to take a cooking class or workshop.
The two most popular Brussels cooking classes are chocolate making and waffles making.
The classes immerse you into the making experience for a couple of hours, where you’ll learn new skills to take home with you and enjoy the experience with some locals and fellow tourists.
Belgian Chocolate Making Workshop
Top PickBelgian Chocolate Making Workshop
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Suitable for vegetarians: Yes
- Recommended for vegans: Yes, vegan option (advise when booking)
Learn artisanal chocolate-making techniques during this hands-on workshop, including how to temper chocolate and how to make delicious praline fillings. You might not become a professional chocolate artisan during this workshop, but you’ll definitely have enough skills to make Belgian chocolates at home.
- Learn how to make 30 Belgian chocolate.
- Make Belgian praline with different fillings.
- Take home your own handmade chocolates.
- Chocolate tasting included.
Pros: Great opportunity to learn chocolate making skills that you can take home. Get to try a variety of Belgian chocolate in a beautiful location.Check Availability
Location of Chocolate Making Workshop
This culinary class is one of the best in Brussels, but if you’re not into chocolate, my next pick is pretty great too.
Waffles Cooking Class
1.5-Hour Waffle Making Workshop
This class is definitely one for those with a sweet tooth. Learn the difference between Brussels and Liege waffles, then make your own classic Brussels waffle. Everything is provided for you to make your own waffles, including all the typical toppings. You can eat as many waffles as you like during this class, making it great value!
Taking one of these workshops will create fun memories from your time in Brussels. Book one or both if you love hands-on experiences when in a new country.
My guide to experiencing food and culture in Belgium offers an in-depth look at the country’s unique culinary traditions, highlighting the best local specialties and restaurants, as well as providing tips and recommendations for immersing yourself in the local culture and getting the most out of your culinary experience. It’s a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to explore the gastronomic delights of Belgium.
What to Eat in Brussels
- Belgian Waffles: A sweet and light treat, often served with whipped cream, fruit, or chocolate sauce.
- Belgian Fries: Thin and crispy, often served with your choice of a huge variety of sauces. Get them at a street stall.
- Belgian chocolate: Brussels is the home of artisanal chocolate.
- Moules-frites (Mussels and Fries): A traditional Belgian dish of mussels cooked in a white wine sauce and served with fries.
- Stoemp: A traditional Belgian dish of mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables like carrots, leeks or endive.
- Speculoos: A traditional Belgian spice cookie, often served with coffee or tea.
- Belgian Beer: With over 1,500 types of beer brewed in Belgium, trying a few different varieties is a must.
- Waterzooi: A traditional Belgian stew made with fish or chicken, vegetables and cream.
- Gueuze: A type of beer with a unique and sour taste.
If you are planning a trip to Brussels, the official website of Visit Brussels provides helpful information and resources such as recommendations on things to see and do, information on events and festivals, and suggestions for where to eat, drink and stay in the city.
Responsible Travel Tips
Many of us are increasingly interested in how to travel more responsibly and sustainably. Here are some ideas on how we can do that when in Brussels.
- Reduce food waste by planning meals in advance and buying only what you need. I know it can be tempting to try everything, but keep food waste in mind.
- Consider a plant-based diet with a lower environmental impact than a meat-based diet. You can choose a vegan chocolate option if you’re taking a class.
- Use sustainable transportation options, such as biking, walking or taking public transportation. Brussels has a large network of bike lanes and widely available public transportation.
- Consider taking a sustainable tour of Brussels, which focuses on the city’s green initiatives and promotes sustainable tourism.
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