There's far more to Belgium's culinary offering than chocolate, beer and fries, but these famous foods do have one thing in common with the country's general fare, and that's richness. Saucy, satisfying and sometimes deep-fried, Belgian cuisine isn't for those on a diet.


Bordered by France, Germany and the Netherlands, the tri-lingual country possesses an equally diverse food identity. In some parts, classic French cookery rules the roost, with recipes like leek tart and chocolate mousse. Other areas are dominated with heartier German-style fare, such as soups and stews. Dutch savoury and sweet specialties can also be found in Belgium, with spiced biscuits (speculaas) considered a popular treat.