Where to eat in Hasselt
A weekend in Hasselt equals a lot of food and a lot of delicious food. Beforehand, I already made a list of places that I definitely wanted to go to. A few of these were on my list but we didn’t get to them (Coffee Café and Bruut). We will definitely come back again to try them.
We didn’t have breakfast in our hotel (YUP hotel) but in 2 delicious breakfast places in the centre.
At BBC we really had a difficult choice to make, especially between sweet and savoury. In the end, I caved and had the brioche French toast with caramelised bananas and pecans. My boyfriend had the ultimate breakfast.
That portion sizes! I had 3 pieces of French toast with an enormous number of bananas. Delicious but way too much. It doesn’t happen a lot that I have to leave food on my plate. My boyfriend also couldn’t eat more after his yoghurt, eggs and pancakes. Really recommend this place!
With the 48h card, you can have breakfast for 2 at Smaaksalon for the price of 1. In the beautiful restaurant, there is a breakfast buffet. Not very extensive, but there is something for everyone. Especially the rice pudding was delicious.
Botanique serves feel-good food. If this is a healthy salad or a burger, that is completely up to you. I had a classic Caesar salad while on the other side of the table the Dylan’s cheat meal burger was served. With the 48h card, he got the side dishes (potatoes and Cole slaw) for free. My salad was ok, nothing more and nothing less. The burger looked much better (and it was).
Also, at Puur I had a salad, this time a Mediterranean salad with grilled vegetables and feta. This time, my boyfriend followed my lead and had a salad. And again, decent salads with fresh ingredients that were a little bit more inventive that the salad at Botanique.
We try to have at least 1 gastronomic diner during a weekend getaway. In Hasselt we had that at Ristorante La Fontanella. They serve Italian dishes with a modern twist. We had delicious food, only the dessert was very underwhelming.
On our way home, we stopped at PEAS (https://www.peashasselt.be/) in the Minderbroederstraat. Here you can buy delicious vegan cinnamon rolls. There is so much choice so it was hard to only pick 2. We had the Pina colada and praliné with hazelnuts. Yummy!
You can’t visit Hasselt without trying its famous jenever. You don’t have to visit the jenevermuseum to enjoy a glass real Hasselt jenever there. If the grain jenever is not your thing, you can always have a fruit jenever or a cream jenever like me. I had one with speculaas (biscoff), also a specialty from Hasselt.
Did you ever visit Hasselt?
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