A brief history of the best Belgian waffles in Brussels
The popularity of the modern Belgian waffle is attributed to Belgian Walter Cleyman and his waffles at the Seattle Exposition, and Belgian Maurice Vermersch with his waffles at the New York City Fair. However, just to muddy the waters a little on your quest to taste the best waffles in Brussels, you have a choice of two versions.
The two types of Belgian waffles
While both types use similar ingredients, shape and consistency are different, although both retain that crispy exterior and soft, airy inside.
Originating from the city of Liège, the Liege waffle is oval. The dough is mixed with pearl sugar, and often baked with added fruit or chocolate chips inside and a sweet sugary outside. Designed to be eaten with the fingers, they are naturally sweet and very popular with locals and visitors who want to enjoy a snack while on the go.
Although the Liege waffle is a favourite snack in Belgium, it is the square or rectangular Brussel’s waffle you find pre-wrapped in small stores and supermarkets across other European countries.
The Brussel’s waffle is designed more as a sweet, and usually served with a range of toppings such as chopped fruits, sauces and thick cream or ice cream.
Where to find the best Belgian waffles in Brussels?
Located on Rue au Beurre, Brussels: Maison Dandoy was established in 1829 and now operates 11 outlets across the country selling a range of super sweet cakes, breads and confectionary, as well as both varieties of the best waffles in Brussels.
Located in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels. Pull out a chair and take a seat. This beautiful period restaurant, where you can dine inside or out, offers a full restaurant menu and a range of the best Belgian waffles in Brussels with all the toppings.
Located central on the Rue Neuve, Vitalgaufre specialises in Liège waffles, with their cinnamon and hot apple topping a particular favourite. You will find Brussels waffles on street food carts, chic cafes, high-end restaurants, and hotel menus.
Other venues in Brussels where you can enjoy this delicacy are, Los Churros & Waffle, Gaufres de Bruxelles, La Gaufrerie and Be Waffle. If your chosen lifestyle is veganism, you might want to try VeganWaf on Galerie Agora 48, specialising in plant-based waffles and a range of vegan toppings.