The Dandoy Tea Room – The Best Belgian Waffle

By - March 9, 2012 (Updated: November 19, 2014)

Brussels Waffle

A Brussels Waffle with powdered sugar (by cipher on Wiki)

While to the outside world, Belgium may look like a country that argues over language, inside the country, there is an even hotter debate – who serves the best Belgian waffles?

Here at CheeseWeb, we don’t shy away from hard-hitting topics, so we wanted to weigh in on the great waffle debate. For us the best waffles come not from a waffle cart but from Belgium’s traditional cookie-maker, Dandoy.

Dandoy has been baking delicious treats in Brussels since 1829, so we expect they are pretty good at it by now. It wasn’t waffles however that made this company famous, it was cookies (or biscuits to you British types).

Dandoy makes a variety of different cookies including the favourite Dutch and Belgian treat, the Speculaas (or Speculoos in some circles); a spicy, crunchy gingerbread cookie. At Christmastime, you can see giant speculaas cookies in the shape of various saints, including Saint Nick himself of course, decorating the windows of the various Dandoy shops.

A Dandoy Shop in Brussels

A Dandoy Shop in Brussels (by Michel Wal on wiki)

Some of the other tasty treats you’ll find in the Dandoy shops include: almond bread; pain a la Grecque (or Greek Bread), a Brussels speciality with cinnamon and sugar; macaroons and shortbreads of various flours.

Pain a la Grecque

Pain a la Grecque (by Micheal Wal on Wiki)

So you’re probably wondering what happened to the waffles we mentioned above. You can find the magical Dandoy waffle at one special location, the Dandoy Tea Room, steps from Grand Place.

From the street level, the Dandoy shop on Rue Charles Buls looks much like the others. Step inside and you will see a couple of differences. For one, there is normally someone making waffles, behind the counter, to sell as take-away treats. Secondly, you’ll notice a set of stairs, heading up to the Tea room.

In the Tea Room, you can sit and enjoy your waffle at your leisure, while admiring the collection of antique speculaas moulds decorating the walls.

In Belgium, the controversy doesn’t stop at who makes the best Belgian waffle. Oh no! Just like the Flanders vs Wallonia debate, there are two waffle contenders – Liege or Brussels.

The Brussels waffle is rectangular and flakey. It isn’t as sweet as its rival but is often topped with whipped cream, chocolate or various fruit toppings.

The Liege waffle is normally rounded and has crystallised sugar baked into it, making it slightly sticky and sweeter than the Brussels waffle.

The CheeseWeb vote goes to the Liege waffle but our ranks are split on how best to enjoy it. Andrew prefers whipped cream and chocolate or caramel toppings. I fell in love with Dandoy’s cherry-topped waffle with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Devine!

Dandoy's Liege Waffle

Here it is – My favourite… Dandoy’s Liege Waffle

Whichever waffle and toppings you prefer, we suggests to give it a try at the Dandoy Tea Room. It’s a great place to discuss any of the great Belgian debates.

Dandoy Tea Room
14 Rue Charles Buls
1000 Brussels

What’s your favourite waffle? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of 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 has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Louise

    Louise March 9, 2012 at 10:02

    Oh, waffles! I admit, the Dandoy version looks great, but I can surely recommend a faster?, cheaper? and very good alternative. To the Liege version, that is. It gets my vote too. Belgaufre. The take-away waffles shops you find on almost every corner. They are great. With or without chokolate.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 9, 2012 at 10:14

      Very true 🙂 Dandoy is about the whole sit-down enjoyment experience… and the cherries. Love the cherries 🙂

  2. Comment by Rachel

    Rachel March 9, 2012 at 10:34

    Wow.. I love Dandoy’s Brussels Waffle, with cherries.. or sometimes they have a red-fruit compote… mmmm… but I’ve never tried Liege waffles with toppings. I love them so much just as they are. my favourite Liege waffle comes from Crocantino in Leuven though. I have never found better. Though I recently tried homemaking Liege waffles and the result was surprisingly good…

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 9, 2012 at 10:55

      Ooo… Thanks for the Leuven tip,Rachel! I will check that out. As for making them myself… I’ll leave that to the trained professionals 🙂

  3. Comment by Amy

    Amy March 9, 2012 at 14:32

    Oh yum! I think that is the number one Belgian treat that I miss the most. Nothing tastes better than a hot Liège waffle on a grey, rainy day. My favorite comes from Belgaufra, usually plain but occasionally with whipped cream. Mmm!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 9, 2012 at 14:46

      That’s 2 votes for Belgaufra. I’ll have to give them another try 🙂

  4. Comment by Marc

    Marc March 9, 2012 at 15:00

    I guess in this situation the old saying doesn’t quite go… “In Belgium we just call them ‘Waffles'” because then you still don’t know which one you want!

    If I may add this to the ‘pain a la grecque’ section, for those who can’t quite read the little sign: although it does say “Greek” it has no relation with the country. The word is derived from the old Dutch “van de grecht”, which means “from the ditch”. Monks used to hand out this bread to the poor. This ditch is still recognizable in the street name “Wolvengracht” (ditch of the wolves), just off of De Brouckere. In the Brussels speaking language this became “grèque”, which suddenly makes it Greek 😉

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 9, 2012 at 15:10

      Well I have to say, Greek bread certainly sounds more appetising than ditch bread 🙂 Either way they are tasty!

  5. Comment by March 9, 2012 at 17:18

    Dandoy is great, their speculaas is the best, but the waffles? I prefer the Liege too, from the street vendors, without all the goo on top cuz really, you don’t need it, and the best I have found is at the market in Stockel on Saturday mornings. Just follow the smell.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 12, 2012 at 10:21

      Trust me on the waffles 🙂 They are definitely worth a taste!

  6. Comment by Lisa Pluth

    Lisa Pluth March 13, 2012 at 18:49

    To die for. Waffles and they are so beautiful! I make them but they don’t look anything like that. I’m going to be ashamed next time I serve them!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 14, 2012 at 12:05

      Don’t be ashamed at all! Be proud you made them yourself 🙂

  7. Comment by Jean-Francois

    Jean-Francois March 14, 2012 at 23:18

    I definitely agree with the vote for Dandoy! They make the waffle dough fresh with real butter and don’t buy it from companies that mass produce the dough and use margarine instead. Definitely the best Liège-style waffle in Brussels!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 15, 2012 at 10:18

      Thanks for your feedback Jean-Francois, and from the look of your website, you know your waffles! 🙂

  8. Comment by Natasja

    Natasja March 19, 2012 at 15:16

    Fact 1 : Waffles are great, both Brussels’ and Liège :-). Fact 2 : (and allow me to be “the Belgian” in this discussion) Liège waffles are eaten without topping. (all the toppings you can buy around Grand Place are really just “tourist traps”. The real deal is without any topping. Belgians think it’s just very weird to put anything on top of a Liège waffle, whereas it’s completely normal to put something on a Brussels’ waffle (the standards here are sugar or whipped cream). But don’t let this stop you to go completely crazy, and decorate yours with chocolate, strawberries, icecream, and slices of banana 🙂 !

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison March 19, 2012 at 15:28

      Hi Natasja! It’s always great to have the Belgian perspective here, so thank you! I know, I know, traditionally toppings on Liege are a non-no 🙂 I just can’t resist the cherries though!

  9. Comment by Alsion Hyder

    Alsion Hyder April 11, 2012 at 04:56

    I have a related question. What’s the name of a woman who makes waffles/ gaufres – gaufrier? gaufrierre? Wafeleuse? I’m trying to name a painting from a picture I took in Breuges.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 19, 2012 at 14:30

      I’m not sure what the correct term would be… any suggestions from our readers?

  10. Comment by Ben

    Ben July 12, 2012 at 07:59

    Just stumbled across your site. We’re going to be laying over in Belgium for ~6 hours so we’re thinking a trip into the city is in order! I think Dandoy might just make the list. One question though… your picture shows a building at #31 but you listed an address at #14. I noticed The Dandoy website says they have locations at both addresses. Is there any difference between them?

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison July 12, 2012 at 10:19

      Hi Ben. There are many Dandoy shops around the city where you can purchase all of their cookies. However, the only tea-room is at #14 so if you want waffles you need to go there 🙂

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