As much as I love the historic and cultural aspects of travelling in Europe, when visiting certain countries, a huge part of the experience is the food. 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.
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 short on time, we’re often looking for the highlights.
One of the best ways to get your hands dirty on a trip to Brussels is to take a cooking class or workshop. The two most popular are chocolate making and waffles making. The classes immerse you into the making experience for a couple of hours where you’ll not only learn new skills to take home with you but you’ll get to enjoy the experience with some locals and fellow tourists.
Brussels Chocolate Making Workshop
2.5-Hour Belgian Chocolate Making Workshop
Learn artisanal chocolate making techniques during this hand-on workshop including how to temper chocolate and how to make the 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.
Waffle Cooking Class
1.5-Hour Waffle 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.
This article is part of our series on Belgian food and culture.
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