We are a true artisan eatery and dessert shop SPECIALIZING IN HIGH-QUALITY HOMEMADE FOODS. Almost every single thing we serve here is made by us on the premises, with the only noteworthy exception being our Neuhaus chocolate line which comes from our partners in Belgium. So when we say homemade, we really mean it here. We use fresh, high-quality ingredients and old-school methods to produce what we like to call "honest food." No artificial or chemical flavorants, no gimmicks or gamesmanship or clever marketing ploys, we're just about the food and the ambiance you're eating it in. And while our products are sophisticated, in almost all cases they are still the kinds of things that children enjoy as well, so feel free to bring the entire family. Note too that we have expanded from our early roots as dessert specialists, to now offering a fairly broad variety of savory foods as well.
So, what's a "real" Belgian Waffle after all? Interestingly, many people who think they've been eating "Belgian Waffles" their whole lives, either at home or in their local diners, have not been eating what actual Belgians consider to be real waffles at all! Whereas the typical American version of a "Belgian Waffle" is often just a simple liquid-based batter leavened with baking soda, (and needs toppings of various kinds in order to be enjoyable), our Liège-style REAL Belgian Waffles are made from a complex brioche-style pastry dough leavened with yeast, and lightly caramelized with a special sugar called pearl sugar, all derived from an 18th century recipe. THEY ARE SO GOOD YOU CAN EAT THEM PLAIN! Have you ever done that with a waffle before? And while there is no one single style of "Belgian Waffle" in Belgium (there are actually several styles eaten throughout the country), our Liège-style waffles with their semi-crisp caramelized crust and chewy center, are definitely the most popular.
A plain waffle: Real Belgian waffles are so good that many Belgians eat them plain.
Waffle with caramelized apples and vanilla ice cream
Waffle with Speculoos
(Dutch Butter Cookie spread)
Waffle with vanilla ice cream,
chocolate sauce, and whipped cream
Waffle with chocolate ice cream,
chocolate sauce, and whipped cream
Waffle with fresh strawberries and whipped cream
Waffle with Nutella® hazelnut/chocolate
spread and sliced bananas
Waffle with chocolate sauce and whipped cream
Waffle with Speculoos spread (Dutch Butter Cookie spread), freshly sliced bananas, cinnamon sugar, and homemade whipped cream
Waffle with Speculoos spread (Dutch Butter Cookie spread), premium homemade Belgian chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries, and homemade whipped cream
Belgian Chocolate Sauce
(Dutch Butter Cookie Spread)
Fresh Whipped Cream
Any of our homemade ice cream flavors can be added to any waffle as a topping, plus we also keep a small supply of commercial chocolate and vanilla ice cream for those who want to keep it simple and basic.
A classic ham, Dutch Gouda cheese, and butter panini sandwich on grilled sourdough bread, with option to add basil-pesto sauce
A classic grilled cheese panini sandwich on grilled sourdough bread, using a blend of Dutch Gouda and Italian Parmesan, with the option to add basil-pesto sauce
A classic tuna salad, mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil-pesto sauce panini on grilled sourdough bread
A classic sliced chicken, Dutch Gouda cheese, and sliced tomato panini with basil-pesto sauce on grilled sourdough bread
A classic mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato, and basil-pesto sauce panini on grilled sourdough bread
Also known as Salade de Surimi: A crabstick and egg salad sandwich mixed with pickle, and served on a toasted baguette with a dash of tabasco. This is a fairly esoteric / not commonly encountered sandwich here in the US, but it is rather popular and widespread in Brussels.
Served on grilled sourdough bread with horseradish sauce
Quiche can either be served by the piece in the store, or you can special order a whole quiche baked just for you. Inquire for details on how to special order your own whole quiche. Please note that we do not have every variety of quiche available every day, the list below is a comprehensive list of all the types we make for those who want to special order, but we usually only have 4-6 varieties available on a given day.
(Mushrooms, ham, bacon, and onions)
(Mushrooms, Tomato, and Onions)
(We experiment with new ideas all the time)
We make these dishes on a random rotating basis. Most are not available all the time, but can be special ordered as catering items. Please inquire for details and special order minimums.
Belgian Meatloaf rolled with bacon, served with homemade
Chicken with bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and spices
With homemade strawberry sauce
(16 ounce size)
Neuhaus, the inventor of the chocolate praline (bite-size filled chocolates), and in business since 1857, is one of the finest chocolatiers in the world. As an official supplier to the Belgian Royal Court, Neuhaus makes its chocolate from only the best cocoa beans available, sourced directly from the indigenous Bodjonou cocoa farmers of the Côte d'lvoire (Ivory Coast). Using only fresh and natural ingredients, and secret chocolate recipes over 100 years old, their creations are second to none. Customers can make their own individual assortments from the various chocolates available in our chocolate case, or, you may choose from any of our various pre-packed boxes which come in all sorts of different sizes, prices, and themes.
Assorted chocolate pralines from Belgium's very
first praline Chocolatier, in business since 1857
Various brands of gourmet hard and soft candies
made by Belgium's specialty candy shoppes
Dried fruit candies, assorted flavors
Almond-paste based treats, assorted flavors
Our homemade Belgian ice cream is made by us on the premises, churned the old fashioned way using all natural ingredients and Belgian know-how. We do not use any added preservatives, chemicals, stabilizers, emulsifiers, or artificial flavorings. It's served in simple, unpretentious, clear plastic cups, because we don't think it needs any slick packaging with fancy graphics in order to get your attention. It's just honest, wholesome, old fashioned ice cream. In fact, we even discourage the use of toppings in most instances, because our flavors can confidently stand on their own and don't need the help. So stop by for a couple of scoops and you'll understand what the buzz is all about.
Please note that we do not have all flavors available all of the time, as the process by which we make ice cream is very labor intensive and time consuming, and with all the baking we do, there are only so many hours in a day... So if planning a visit and looking for a particular flavor, feel free to check with us in advance regarding what we have available.
All of our cakes, pies, and pastries are homemade creations made right here on the premises, using a fusion of Belgian, French, Dutch, and German recipes, which form the core of Belgian cuisine. We use only all-natural ingredients and Belgian know-how. In order to ensure freshness, quality, and optimum flavoring, we respect the seasonality of various fruits and vegetables, so not every item will be available all year round. As true foodies ourselves who have a profound appreciation of how good food should really be, we will not sell an item that we believe is no longer fresh or optimal. In fact, as a good example of this, certain items like our Tartelette Aux Framboises for instance, are only sold for a few hours on the very same day we make them, after which time any remaining inventory is discarded. There are certain specific and interesting reasons for why we do this — which we would be happy to explain at the store — but point is it has to do with our fastidiousness in doing things the right way here.
Small, individually-sized Belgian style cheesecakes, noticeably lighter and fluffier than the typical American / "NY Style" cheesecake
A baked cherry dessert made with almond flour and cherries, having the approximate consistency and texture of a fruit-filled bread pudding. It's served warm with homemade whipped cream and powdered sugar. We also make variations of these using either blueberries, strawberries, or pears.
Homemade choux pastry shell filled with homemade crème pâtissière (a vanilla custard type filling), and topped off with warm, homemade chocolate sauce and homemade whipped cream
Classic homemade crème brûlée made the right way, using premium Madagascar vanilla beans, and baked for hours to properly develop the flavor
A coffee flavored custard, slightly lighter in texture than our traditional crème brûlée, and closer in texture and consistency to flan (but coffee flavored)
Classic homemade chocolate mousse using premium Belgian chocolate
Individual raspberry tarts using fresh raspberries that sit atop a layer of crème pâtissière (a homemade vanilla custard type filling), which then sits atop a homemade shortcrust cookie called pâte sablée. We only serve these for a few hours on the same day they are made.
This is essentially a Belgian version of a Key Lime Pie, where we create a lime flavored custard that is actually very light in texture, which then sits atop a bed of Speculoos Cookie crumble (Dutch Butter Cookie crumble), which gets mixed in with the lime custard at the last minute by the customer as you eat the dessert.
These are enormous cookies almost 8-9 inches in diameter. We use premium Belgian chocolate and a little bit of sea salt. Originally, these were conceived with kids in mind, but it's actually adults and chocolate chip cookie connoisseurs who zero in on these now, as those who have had them understand they are not just enormous cookies, but they are gourmet cookies as well, using premium ingredients.
We started out making this just for fun to see how Belgians could make a New York style cheesecake, but interestingly, it quickly became one of our most popular offerings. We've had very flattering comparisons made between ours and some of the more famous cheesecake makers in New York. Ours is made using Speculoos Cookie crust, and we also create an extra creamy texture that is most evident if you can get a piece on the first afternoon it's being served.
Espresso and Espresso-Based Drinks
Espresso of the strength that Belgians typically drink
A milder, mellower espresso
Café Au Lait
Café espresso with steamed milk
Café espresso with homemade whipped cream
Café espresso blended with homemade Belgian hot chocolate
Espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam
Lait Russe (Russian Milk)
Hot milk with shot of espresso / Café serré
Belgian Hot Chocolate
Our own homemade hot chocolate made with premium Belgian Chocolate
Hot Chai Latte
Hot Dirty Chai Latte
Homemade Belgian Chocolate Milk
Whole milk infused with melted down premium Belgian chocolate
Homemade Ginger Lemonade
Our version of homemade lemonade using freshly squeezed lemons, sugar, and A LOT of fresh ginger. This is a very strongly flavored ginger drink for those who truly appreciate fresh ginger.
Homemade Apple Cider (seasonal)
Homemade apple cider made with our blend of spices including cloves, cinnamon, and lemon
Fresh Fruit Smoothies
Your choice of Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Pineapple, Mango, or Mixed Berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry)
A mixture of elderberry, red currant, black currant, raspberry and lemon extracts served ice cold.
Commercial Bottled Drinks
Water, Coke, Perrier, San Pellegrino
Iced Tea and Iced Coffee Drinks
Brewed Iced Tea
Your choice of Mango Iced Tea, Blackberry Iced Tea, or regular Black Tea Iced Tea
Iced Café Mocha
Iced Chai Latte
Iced Dirty Chai Latte
Iced Café Au Lait
Iced Café Americano / Café Allongé
At Belgian Sweets, our décor is as authentic as our food. Most of our furnishings and fine art installations, are actual 18th and 19th century European antiques. We do not use reproductions, these items are the real thing. Our pieces are sourced primarily from The Bodhisattva Collection, one of the USA's finest and most respected online antique dealers, who in turn source their pieces from Sotheby's, Christies, Bonhams, and from private collections in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Given that our shop is furnished in this manner, we ask the cooperation of our guests and patrons to please be mindful and respectful of your surroundings when on our premises. We want to share the beauty of these wonderful pieces with our customers, and to enrich your experience when in our shop. But we're also very mindful of our status as custodians of these items, and so we ask your cooperation in preserving them for future generations, by simply being careful inside our store.
Whether it's for a small gathering of 20 people, or for a larger group of 200, our pastry chef and staff can probably accommodate you.
Feel free to contact us and tell us what your needs are, and we'll see how we can help make your event an extra special one.
Law Enforcement & Military
As former law enforcement ourselves, we have great respect and admiration for the brave men and women who literally put it all on the line for their communities and for the country at large. Accordingly, as a token of our thanks, we're pleased to offer discounts to all law enforcement and military personnel.
We're looking for a select group of corporate partners and franchisees who appreciate the value of a real European-style business model like ours: One that emphasizes authenticity and true excellence in food quality, as opposed to commercial mass production and speed...One that emphasizes the value of genuinely unique and charming artisan-style surroundings, as opposed to mass-market cookie cutter aesthetics, and the obsession to have a store on every corner.
If you share our corporate philosophies and sensibilities, and know possible locations where our style of business would thrive, please feel free to contact us at info@BelgianSweetsShop.com.