When I saw that the recently released Tripbase Free Foodie Travel Secrets e-book made no mention of Belgium, I was shocked. After all, Belgium is a foodie heaven. Here in Brussels, you can find great food from just about every corner of the world.
So because Tripbase has asked for more blogger suggestions, I wanted to offer my 3 foodie travel secrets for Brussels, Belgium.
International Grocery Stores
The huge international community in Brussels has led to the creation of many businesses catering to expats. Among these are a variety of international grocery stores. These range in size from tiny corner stores to huge supermarkets and exist for just about every nationality you can imagine. One of my favourites is the enormous and eclectic (and slightly eccentric) Kam-Yuen Asian Market. It is truly Asian in the sense that you can find foods from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. They even have some oddities from England and the US. The “organisation” of the store is totally mind boggling. I’m sure in someone’s mind it made sense to put the “American” peanut butter beside the deep fried crispy anchovies…
Brussels Best Falafel
I almost hesitate to give this little secret away, as it is my peaceful, local, weekend hangout. On weekdays it is packed with the office lunch crowd. Tasty Corner is a small, family-run, Lebanese restaurant where everything is made from scratch. The menu includes falafels, wraps, kebabs, Tabbouleh and a weekday special. Everything I’ve had there is fresh, fast and delicious. Tasty Corner is the perfect fresh alternative to the normal greasy take-away. (Warning – Don’t confuse it with the similarly named but horrible take-out window next to the Art-Loi metro station.)
Pizza by the Pound
Ask anyone in Brussels where to find the best pizza and you will undoubtedly hear the same refrain – Mamma Roma’s. The pizzas are baked on large rectangular trays and displayed on the counter. You simply point to the pizza you want and the server will cut you a chunk with a large pair of scissors. Then it gets heated in the pizza oven. You can sample as many different kinds as you like. You pay by the weight of your slices. The toppings are at the whim of the pizza cook so you can find anything from your basic Margarita to, my personal favourite, potato and truffle pizza. Because it is always busy, the pizza is always fresh. Don’t like the selection? Just wait a few minutes for the next creation to come out of the oven.
I have many more foodie travel secrets for Brussels. If you want to learn more about why Brussels needs to be on your foodie bucket list, check out our book, the Foodie Guide to Brussels.
Packed with recommendations for over 60 restaurants I’ve personally tested, from food-trucks to Michelin-stars, as well as the best Belgian foods you have to try. I’ve also included the best shops, hotels, and activities for foodies – from festivals to cooking classes, so you’ll become a Brussels foodie expert in no time.