The popular bakery Maison Dandoy is located in numerous areas of Brussels. It is a go-to waffle stop with quick service and affordable prices, and features everything from waffles to chocolate spread, gingerbread, Speculaas cookies and even a few recipes from different cultures. Although all of the exuberant toppings for waffles are tempting, the best way to eat a Belgian waffle is plain with just a dusting of powdered sugar on top to get the natural taste of the crunchy outside and soft doughy inside.
The owner originally opened La Fleur du Pain, located in Place Flagey, one of the most popular squares in Brussels, to satisfy demand for high-quality French bread in Brussels. And the baguettes here are exactly as they should be; crispy on the outside, while soft and doughy on the inside. Give the chorizo or mini gratins a taste as well while you’re buying le pain.
La Fleur du Pain, Place Eugène Flagey 24, 1050, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 648 85 81
Charli, a popular coffee and pastry cafe in Brussels, is located near the Place St. Catherine. Known for its pain au chocolate and buttery freshly baked croissants, the cafe also serves great sandwiches and guests can even watch its bakers making the bread.
Charli, Rue Sainte-Catherine 34, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 63 32
Les Temps des Tartines is a charming step off the tourist path and the go-to place for a quick snack. Try some of the divine cake, cheesecake and buttered croissants at this small, relaxed cafe, located near Gare Du Midi.
Feel like switching it up and trying an Oriental patisserie? La Rose de Damas is known for its Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean sweets. The unique combination of ingredients, such as dates, honey and figs, puts an exotic spin on desserts and baked goods.
Offering catering, delivery, take out and outdoor seating, Choconut is an innovative pastry shop known for its specialties; donuts, choux pastry treats and cookies. Located in St.Gilles, Choconut’s chefs Baptiste Mandon and Giovanni Malecot take desserts to a whole new level through their stylish and delicious patisserie.
Chouconut, Avenue Jean Volders 46, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 537 16 92
Discover Portugal by sampling the classic and seasonal creations that Forcado has to offer. This bakery/cafe prides itself on passion passed down from father to son, and focuses on quality, authenticity and expertise. The cafe’s delicious traditional pastries such as the Portuguese custard tarts are perfect with a strong cup of coffee.
Located on Avenue Louise, Teddy L has been serving classic pastries and sweet treats for over 35 years. The name comes from the chef, Teddy Lowy, who offers his customers fresh homemade goods that are produced just before they are put on display for sale.
Teddy L, Avenue Louise 49, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 537 45 75
If you’re a fan of macarons, you may find yourself getting into a bit of trouble at Brian Joyeux. Putting their heart, soul and talents into their bakery, Mr. and Mrs. Joyeux are the proud owners of this place, and create unique and moreish flavors of this sweet treat such as peach martini and passion fruit.
Brian Joyeux, Rue du Congres, 3, Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 2190 0903
At Le Saint Aulaye, visitors can buy different types of sweet or savory treats: bread, croissants, pain au chocolate and a range of excellent cakes, including the signature Bouche de Noel, a rich Yule log. The bakery’s freshly made ice creams are also worthy of a recommendation.
Le Saint Aulaye, Rue Vanderkindere 377, 1180 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 345 77 85