Belgian beer had to be number 1 on this list because this is probably the thing Belgium is most famous for. There are over 3.000 kinds of Belgian beers, from sour-tasting Geuzes and sweet fruit beers to abbey beers and pints.
The Belgian chocolate industry became world-famous because of the invention of the praline in 1912. After this, the country quickly became known for making the best chocolate in the world. Belgium is the world’s second most chocolate exporting ($2.9bn in 2016) country after Germany ($4.5bn in 2016).
3. Comic books
From Tintin and the Smurfs to Lucky Luke, and Marsupilami, these are all Belgian! In fact, Belgium has over 700 comic writers, making it the country with the highest density of comic creators and illustrators in the world.
1. French fries
French fries, chips, finger chips, French-fried potatoes, or simply fries are batonnet or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes, originating from either Belgium or France. Most French fries are produced from frozen Russet potatoes.
Moules-frites or Moules et frites is a main dish of mussels and fries originating in Belgium. The title of the dish is French, Moules meaning mussels and frites fries, with the Dutch name for the dish meaning the same. It is considered the national dish of Belgium.
Stoemp is Belgian dish of pureed or mashed potatoes and other root vegetables, and can also include cream, bacon, onion or shallot, herbs, and spices. The name of the dish sometimes includes the kind of vegetables inside it, for example Wortelstoemp includes carrots. This specific combination may also contain egg yolk.
Brussels is known for its cuisine and gastronomy, as well as its historical and architectural landmarks; some of them are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie and the Museums of Art and History. Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie and the Museums of Art and History.
Ghent, one of Belgium's oldest cities, boasts medieval and classical architecture that contrasts with a newer, urban feel. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie, and in the late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe. Travelers will want to check out the Ghent Design Museum, which showcases furnishings from the Renaissance to today.
Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Bruges is known throughout the world for its historic buildings and culture. Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is filled with numerous winding canals and towering architectural marvels.
Antwerp is a Flemish city in Belgium, and is the capital of Antwerp province in the community of Flanders.Antwerp boasts a lively shopping and entertainment scene as well as many cultural attractions. The city is also known for its diamonds, fashion and Flemish artists such as Rubens and van Dyck, of whom many works can be admired in the local museums.
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The municipality of Charleroi straddles both banks of the river Sambre in an area marked by industrial activities (coal mining and steel industry), which has been nicknamed the Pays Noir ("Black Country"), part of the larger sillon industriel.