Belgium makes no secret of its sweet tooth. A country as famous for sugary treats as anything else, many a visitor has left with their pants feeling a little tighter than when they arrived.
In Bruges, Belgium waffles – or simply ‘wafels’ – are the quintessential local dessert. And while many other countries have made this treat their own, nothing quite compares to the original. Therefore no trip to Bruges or Belgium at large is complete without sitting down at a waffle house and seeing what all the fuss is about.
But where do you find the best Belgian waffles in Bruges? The capital of Flanders isn’t short on options, with dozens of waffle houses in the city center alone. What you need to do is separate the wheat from the chaff, and sample only the finest examples of the dish.
So, in no particular order, here is where to find the five best waffles in Bruges.
Open 11am – 5pm Wed – Sun.
Extra large. That’s the promise on the sign out the front of Lizzie’s, and we’re happy to report that these Bruges waffles do not disappoint. While this rather new eatery serves up plate-sized waffles that might be intimidating to some (and simply a challenge to conquer for others), diners can rest assured that these waffles are particularly light and fluffy – you’ll probably clear your plate before you know it! Lizzie has put real effort into creating a simple and cozy vibe, and her homemade preserves and hot chocolates are to die for.
Open 9am – 10pm Mon – Sun.
A stone’s throw from Lizzie’s, those who like to pair warm fluffiness with icy creaminess are advised to head to Fred’s, a waffle and ice cream extraordinaire who has been plying his trade since 1989. Starting with a simple stall in the Belgian coastal town of Knokke, the beautiful flavors and textures of Fred’s waffles and ice creams saw business booming, resulting in a move to the big city. He hasn’t looked back since. Diners are advised to pair a sweet glazed waffle with one of Fred’s famous ice creams made with the freshest of fruits.
Open 10am – 6:30pm Mon – Sun.
A simple stall that serves up no fuss waffles to eager customers on the sidewalk, Chez Albert offers serious bang for your buck. With simple takeaway waffles starting at just a couple of euros, Bruges’ best kept waffle secret offers all manner of toppings and add-ons, giving visitors a truly custom waffle experience. Expect a crispy outer, stretchy center, and perfectly sticky pearls of sugar dotted on top. There always seems to be a handful of people queuing at Chez Albert waffles in Bruges, which is as good a sign of quality as any! This is most definitely the best place for Belgian waffles in Bruges for anyone on a budget.
Open 10:30am – 6pm Thurs – Tues.
Describing itself as ‘the ultimate waffle experience,’ House of Waffles has given itself a lot to live up to. Happily it more than delivers on this promise. While their traditional waffles are fantastic, and diners are more than welcome to design custom creations, it’s the house specialties that bring the crowds to House of Waffles. The Cherry Delight, Chocolate Madness and Four Seasons waffles are highlights.
Open 9am – 6pm Mon, 7am – 6pm Wed –Sun.
A decidedly more elegant affair, Carpe Diem sees waffles served in a Flemish tea house setting. Wood paneling, stained glass and decorative brass give the space a classy, old-world feel, and the decadence doesn’t stop with the interior design. The waffles served up are equally luxurious, with the eatery’s namesake waffle featuring griottine cherries, homemade ice cream and fresh-whipped cream. Go for the waffles, but stay for the atmosphere!
A note for those with celiac disease or any other form of gluten intolerance – unfortunately as of the time of writing there aren’t really gluten-free waffles in Bruges, at least versions of the dish that would be considered somewhat authentic. But we’ll be sure to update you should that change!