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3 Foodie Travel Secrets for Brussels, Belgium

By alison - May 21, 2010 (Updated: November 24, 2014)

Keep these travel secrets under lock and key.

Keep these travel secrets under lock and key.

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. You’ll have to stick around to discover more. After all, you don’t expect me to give away all my secrets do you? What are your favourite foodie travel secrets?

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She is currently slow travelling through Europe in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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14 comments

  1. Comment by Amy

    Amy May 21, 2010 at 09:36

    My favorite subject 🙂 I love wandering through the Kam Yuen supermarket and I usually come home with much more than I had on my list. And I’m definitely going to have to try Tasty Corner. I’ve been getting my falafel from Mr. Falafel near Anneessens where that is actually the only thing they serve. It’s really good and cheap, but it might be nice to have other things on the menu too. I don’t know if it’s really much of a secret, but have you been to Cafe Arcadi near La Mort Subite? They have the BEST tarts and pies. Ok now I’m hungry…

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison May 21, 2010 at 10:19

      Oh yes! I love Arcadi too… and they have a restaurant cat which is a bonus in my book :)Kam Yuen is just so bizarre… I love trying to figure out what things are used for and I always come home with a ton of odd bits. I’ll have to add Mr. Falafel to my must try list. It’s a loooong list 🙂

      • Comment by Amy

        Amy May 22, 2010 at 11:35

        They have a cat at Arcadi? I don’t know how I’ve never seen it! I’ll have to look next time, but that definitely makes it even better!

        A social experiment is a very good way to describe Kam Yuen. Ha! Also, someday I WILL own one of those giant woks.

        • Comment by Alison

          Alison

          Alison May 22, 2010 at 11:46

          Well they used to have a cat… it’s been a while since I’ve been there. He came and sat on my lap one morning while we had brunch. It was just like home 🙂

  2. Comment by Charlie's Tribe

    Charlie's Tribe May 21, 2010 at 14:01

    We’ve never been to Kam Yuen supermarket (we lead such a sheltered life in this house!). Thanks for the tips.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison May 21, 2010 at 14:40

      Oh you must go… Think of it as an interesting social experiment 🙂

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  4. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler May 22, 2010 at 15:43

    Oh those places sound great, and so much like Victoria, okay minus the scissors though! 🙂 Lovely photo!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison May 22, 2010 at 19:17

      Haha, talking restaurants is almost my favourite thing… eating at them is my favourite thing 🙂 There are plenty to write about in Brussels!

  5. Comment by Laura

    Laura May 23, 2010 at 20:02

    Restaurant cats are excellent! I like the one in Le Cirio too.

    My absolute favourite place for dinner in Brussels is Premier Comptoir Thai on Chaussée de Charleroi. http://www.premiercomptoir.be/ The food is fantastic and the service very friendly – it’s easy to see why it’s always absolutely packed.

    I’m going to have to try that supermarket!

  6. Comment by Alison

    Alison

    Alison May 23, 2010 at 21:14

    Oh I will definitely have to try that! We love Thai food and that’s a walkable distance for us. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Comment by Andrew

    Andrew May 23, 2010 at 22:14

    Although not in Brussels, I would say that ‘t Cuyperke in Zaventem is one of my all time favorites. I think an interesting post might be the best frites in Brussels … or cheapest Michelin starred… so many places to try 🙂

  8. Comment by Nancie (Ladyexpat)

    Nancie (Ladyexpat) June 17, 2010 at 02:28

    Nice post Alison. I would love to try the falafel.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 17, 2010 at 09:27

      It’s a great little spot!

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