If you are looking for a fun and unique way to experience chocolate and waffles in Brussels, look no further than a local food workshop. There are both chocolate-making workshops and waffle-making workshops available. The workshop company I experienced on my trip to Brussels and which I highly recommend is Waffle Workshop.
Located near Grand Place, on Voldersstraat 30, Waffle Workshop hosts chocolate-making classes, waffle-making classes, and beer experiences on-site. You meet at the venue no earlier than 10 minutes before the workshop’s scheduled start time. The workshops include recipes, ingredients, instruction, and assistance, in addition to providing a memorable experience.
Below you will find details of both the chocolate workshop and waffle making workshop.
Please Note: I am not affiliated with Waffle Workshop. I recommend them based only on my positive personal experience. My opinions are entirely my own.
Chocolate Workshop – Brussels
In the chocolate workshop, you learn about good quality chocolate, in addition to how to temper and fill chocolate shells, make the ganache, and hot chocolate. During the class, you will make over 35 various pralines and mendiant chocolates of Belgian chocolate.
You can wear an apron, and work in pairs. Working as a team, you take turns to do the various steps for everyone to have an opportunity to be hands-on with the process. Making chocolates is a deliciously messy experience.
There are no previous chocolate-making skills required, everything is taught to you on-site from the basics.
During your chocolate-making experience, you also get to make hot chocolate and enjoy a cup of delicious hot chocolate.
The class is 2.5 hours in length and is not suitable for those under 12 years old.
At the end of the workshop, you are given takeout boxes to take your creations home with you. All chocolate you make in the class is yours to keep. The chocolates make for a great souvenir or a gift.
Hours of Operation: 11 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: approximately 38€ per adult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Note: No children under 12 are allowed due to the length of the class
Waffle Workshop – Brussels
In the waffle-making workshop, you learn about traditional and tourist-style Belgian waffles while preparing and enjoying your self-made waffles.
Fun Fact: The traditional way to eat a Belgian waffle is plain with icing sugar sprinkled on it. Tourists created the extravagant Belgian waffles seen everywhere, topped with everything. During my visit, I tried both a traditional waffle and the tourist version and loved them both.
In the waffle workshop, you wear a chef hat and work in small groups. You share the waffle iron while learning how to make the batter and cook it perfectly. A variety of toppings are available, including fresh fruit, icing sugar, sauces, and spreads. The choice of toppings allows for a custom taste for your Belgian waffle once it’s hot off the waffle iron.
You don’t need any cooking experience to try this workshop. This workshop is for all cooking levels.
During your 90-minute waffle-making class, it’s all-you-can-eat waffles! Must I say more? Yum! The waffle workshop is a fun experience and a meal combined into one activity.
At the end of the waffle workshop, you take home a copy of the recipe for a traditional Belgium waffle, which you just spent 90-minutes learning and enjoying. The waffle recipe makes a great souvenir and a good way to continue to cook Belgian waffles in your home.
Hours of Operation: 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: approximately 26€ per adult
Duration: 90 minutes
Website: You can you book your workshop here on the official Waffle Workshop website
Whether you choose to enjoy the waffle workshop or the chocolate workshop, or both, I hope you enjoy this must-do activity in Brussels, Belgium. You might end up discovering a love of Belgian waffles and end up buying a waffle iron afterwards, as I did on my trip.
Tip: Schedule your chocolate or waffle workshop on separate days. You will want to be hungry to maximize your experience.
What It’s Like – Chocolate and Waffle Workshop, Brussels
We headed to the venue to start our lesson. The instructor was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. Standing around a large rectangle table, spaced out, we listened to the instructor. We did each step as a group in our small teams.
It was messy and fun to be making waffles and chocolates. During the chocolate workshop, hot chocolate warmed up a large crockpot. The hot chocolate tasted delicious! During the waffle workshop, it was exciting to watch the waffles cook and think of combinations of toppings. I ate two waffles and took a third waffle home. I enjoyed both food workshops and would recommend them.