Food & Drinks
Zee van Smaak

Sea of Flavours

Een zee van smaak met de verse Noordzee-vis

At the Belgian Coast great food is a given. Nowhere else do you get to eat fish as fresh and prepared with such passion for the product and nowhere else is the link between sea and plate so tiny and pure.

Discover the best places to eat, tips from chefs, fishermen and gourmets here! Tuck into a savoury dish and finish off with one of the sweets that are so typical of the Belgian Coast.

Savour and enjoy …

Awash with culinary events, great places to eat, passionate professionals, heritage …

Allow yourself to be inspired and discover the Belgian Coast’s delectable DNA in all its simplicity and glory.

‘I don’t have a favourite fish, as long as it’s fresh and comes from the North Sea’

I have been championing regional produce all my life. Why bother looking further afield when we have so many fantastic produce right on our doorstep; it’s those we should be using. I cannot for the life of me understand why any chef would put tuna or scampi on the menu while we can just as easily serve plaice, skate, cod, sole and shrimp caught at home. 

Besides, I love showing off my creative streak with fish species like red mullet, tub gurnard, mackerel … I don’t have a favourite fish, as long as it’s fresh and comes from the North Sea.

Discover more stories and tips from chefs at the belgian coast

Stephane Buyens
Vissers aan het werk op de vissersboot

Buying fish from our own fishermen

By buying fish that has been caught by our own fishermen, you can be sure that you get to eat a pure product that was caught with respect. The daily supply of fresh fish also means that you end up with a product that is always fresh. And there’s no need to stick to the old reliables all the time. Also fish from the so-called bycatch is utterly delicious and easy to prepare. In doing so, you’ll do your bit for sustainability because nowhere else is the chain of fresh fish to plate as short. A fair price for a pure and tasty product.

Read more about the flemish fishermen


A love story between man, horse and the sea

Since December 2013, they have been recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This honorary title has put the Oostduinkerke shrimp fishermen on horseback in the spotlight, but that’s not why they pursue their age-old craft. “Fishermen on horseback are only truly happy when they manage to bag themselves 10 kilos of shrimp, sole or fresh crab!”

Watching the powerful draught horses making their way across the beach into the sea is a mighty sight indeed. And it becomes even more mighty when the shrimp fishermen clad in their yellow wet gear mount their horses to ply the shallows along the beach and return to shore some twenty minutes later to empty their nets.

discover the story of the shrimp fisherman on horseback

De garnaalvissers te paard in Oostduinkerke

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