Belgian Food and Drink

Conrad Freethy 
by our Belgium expert Conrad Freethy

Eating & Drinking in Belgium

Creative, tasty and ever so memorable - the Belgium waffle. Throughout this European country you will find the very best in food and beverages, but surely top of the list is the delightfully delicious Belgium waffle. Sitting in the central market in Bruges, on the verandah of an old restaurant, eating a chocolate ice-cream and fresh strawberry waffle, dripping with runny, rich chocolate sauce and dollops of real whipped cream - a gastronome’s dream.

For main course, why not order a huge platter of hot mussels and savour the aromas of garlic and wine. And for a true Belgian accompaniment, a side order of fries to soak up that delicious sauce.

Upmost in many people’s food affection for Belgium is the devine chocolate. Try visiting one of the little boutique shops which sell handmade Belgium chocolates… stunningly presented in glass cases, these delightful treats are so individual and always deliciously tempting. To know more about chocolate, visit the Chocolate Museum in Brussels and follow the history & science behind this popular food through the centuries.

Last but not least must come the Belgian beer. So many varieties, from blonde to amber to brown to red and from pils to lager to stout to lambic… there are several thousand different beers in Belgium produced in over 100 breweries. What better excuse to sample the many fine cafes, bars & restaurants that Belgium has to offer.

See below for some Belgian language words and phrases to help you find your perfect holiday meal in Belgium...

Useful Phrases when Eating Out
English Dutch
Do you have a table? Hebt u een tafel?
are you ready to order? Zijn klaar om te bestellen
What is it? Wat is het?
how much is it? Hoeveel kost dit?
I would like ... Ik wil graag…
The day's special De schotel van de dag
And to drink? Om te drinken?
Beer Bier
A bottle of red wine Een fles rode wijn
orange juice Sinaasappelsap
A jug of water Een karaf water
sparkling / still met prik / zonder prik
Tea Thee
Coffee Koffie
With milk met melk
cheers sante
I'm vegetarian Ik ben een vegetarier
I'm allergic to ... Ik ben allergisch voor
It was very good Het was heerlijk
the bill/check, please De rekening, alstublieft

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