Wondering where to eat in Strasbourg, France? We reveal the best Strasbourg restaurants, cafes, bars and markets. We also provide tips for visiting Strasbourg’s Christmas markets.
Walking through Strasbourg is like walking through a fairytale village. Gingerbread houses line cobblestone streets, making it impossible to not picture Hansel and Gretel on an afternoon stroll.
The Ill river flows through the city, providing numerous spots for romantic interludes while the Strasbourg Cathedral stands dauntingly over the city skyline. During the holiday season, people flock to the Strasbourg Christmas Markets which happen to be some of the best holiday markets in Alsace and possibly all of Europe.
We soaked it all in during our initial visit to this picturesque city which bounced between French and German ownership over the last four centuries. When we returned five years later, we fell even harder for the Alsatian city as well as its food and wine.
Eating our way through Strasbourg was a perfect summer choice after our Rhine River Viking River Cruise in 2016 since it ended in nearby Basel. The second time around, our timing intentionally coincided with the city’s vibrant Christmas market season.
Despite its compact size, Strasbourg offers a lot of unique options for food travelers. The key is to budget ample time to eat all of the local food favorites. Alsatian food is different from traditional French food. It’s also wonderful.
Eleven days during our initial trip was just enough time for us to sample the most famous Strasbourg food specialties. Returning five years later allowed us to find local gems and eat at a wider range of Strasbourg restaurants.
We never got bored of the food in Strasbourg during either visit. In fact, we can’t wait to return for a third time.
Table of Contents
- Strasbourg Food Guide
- Strasbourg Restaurants
- Strasbourg Cafes and Dessert Shops
- Strasbourg Bars
- Strasbourg Markets and Specialty Shops
- Marchés de Noël (Christmas Markets)
- Day Trip from Strasbourg
Strasbourg Food Guide
Thanks to its location in Alsace, much of the cuisine in Strasbourg traces its roots to Germanic culture. German inspired foods include bretzels, kugelhopf and an abundance of sausages. That being said, Strasbourg is in France so gooey cheeses, croissants and duck are also in abundance.
The best way to learn about Strasbourg’s food set is to eat as much food as possible at restaurants, cafes and markets.
Following this tip, we ate plenty of local cuisine during our two trips to Strasbourg. When we got thirsty, we also drank a variety of beers, cocktails and wine at Strasbourg bars.
Our Strasbourg Food Guide includes the best places we discovered during our intensive on-the-ground and in-the-mouth research. It has all of our favorite spots, some of which are famous and others that are hidden gems.
Dining options in Strasbourg range from casual eateries to Michelin Star rated restaurants. We ate at a variety of Strasbourg restaurants so that we could experience both local specialties and global favorites.
The following restaurants win our votes for the best places to eat in Strasbourg:
Maison des Tanneurs
Imagine yourself on the wintry medieval streets of Strasbourg, wandering through what’s now called the Petite France district. Without doubt, you wouldn’t be able to miss the distinct, odiferous smell of tanned leather wafting through the air.
Assuming you were a tanner in this imaginary scenario, you probably would have hopped over to a local tavern for a hearty bowl of soup or, since you’d been working your butt off tanning leathers and furs, you would have probably wanted to dig in to a giant pile of choucroute garnie.
For those not familiar with the Alsatian dish, choucroute garnie is a melange of regional cured meats layered high over a mountain of French sauerkraut (choucroute in French). It’s a substantial dish with all of the best meats of Alsace – bratwurst, boudin blanc and smoked pork belly (porc fumé) – on one plate. And when we say ALL, we mean all.
Bring comfortable shoes to Strasbourg. You’ll need to walk a lot after eating dishes like choucroute garnie. It’s a gut buster!
Maison des Tanneurs started serving food in 1949 in a historic tanning house that’s more than 450 years old. The restaurant offers the best of Alsatian cuisine in a comforting wood-adorned, carpeted upstairs space with picture book windows that provide a view of the neighborhood’s wood-framed pan de bois buildings.
It’s easy to imagine that much of the food at the Maison was served from large steaming vessels filled with a range of meats and pickled cabbage back in the day. After our meal, we assume that the food is still served that same way.
In all honesty, since we had already eaten our share of choucroute garnie in Strasbourg prior to our Maison des Tanneurs lunch, we skipped that dish and instead ordered choucroute jambonneau – sauerkraut topped with a giant pork shank. The singular bone-in jambonneau was immensely satisfying with its meltingly tender pink braised meat that came apart with just the slightest yield of a fork.
We also enjoyed other satisfying winter dishes. Standouts were a hot soup l’oignon (i.e. onion soup) that was rich, brothy and not overly smothered with cheese as well as magret de canard (i.e. duck breast) served with crispy potatoes and a pleasantly thick brown sauce.
The biggest surprise of the meal came with the arrival of the restaurant’s signature dessert – kugelhopf glacée.
While we expected special kugelhopf bread topped with ice cream, this dessert is actually rich vanilla ice cream formed in a classic kugelhopf mold, ‘browned’ on the outside and topped with a Luxardo cherry. It was simple, classic and a wonderful ending to a wonderful lunch.
Maison des Tanneurs’s popularity belies its relatively small number of seats. We recommend reserving a table by phone at least two weeks in advance during the peak seasons of summer and Christmas. Also, be aware that this restaurant is closed on Sundays
Maison des Tanneurs is located at 42 Rue du Bain-aux-Plantes, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Restaurant Le 1741
We must have walked by Restaurant Le 1741 a hundred times during our first visit to Strasbourg. Visiting during our second visit was a no-brainer.
Instead of dining in one of 1741’s chic baroque salons, it was also an equally easy decision for us to dine at the chef’s table located on the brighter, modern 2nd floor. This unstuffy location provided us with a direct view of six chefs who worked in quiet harmony as they cooked our meal.
You might think that ‘1741’ has something to do with the restaurant’s address or the year its historic building was constructed. Neither is the case. The number is actually an homage to the year that Strasbourg’s Palais Rohan was completed.
Opened by Cedric Moulot in 2014, Restaurant Le 1741 has had a series of talented chefs helm its kitchen.
During our meal, Jérémy Page was the restaurant’s head chef. With 13 years at Joel Robuchon restaurants, both in Paris and London, under his belt, Page has implemented an accessible menu filled with Michelin driven sophistication
That sophistication included miniature cod tarts, green lentil salad with tomato emulsion and piment eselette (i.e. Basque chiles) plus wild boar fillets served with beets. But the ‘carbonara’ made with celery noodles was the savory dish that stood out thanks to its shiny ribbons.
Dark chocolate cake with a molten tonka bean center and bourbon vanilla ice cream provided a sweet ending. Not able to resist a trio of mignardises (chocolate bark, caramel macarons and cannolis) that both magically appeared at our table, we took them back to the hotel and enjoyed them later when our hunger returned.
The Restaurant Le 1741 menu includes four meal options – three courses (45€), four courses (105€), six course (135€) and nine courses (155€). All prices are subject to change.
Not only is the three-course meal a bargain, but it’s only available during lunch service on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You’ll need to plan accordingly.
Beyond food, Restaurant Le 1741 stores thousands of wine bottles in its cellar. While many of these bottles are from Alsace, other regions of France are also well represented.
We made the location-appropriate decision to drink a bottle of Alsatian Riesling produced by Paul Ginglinge during our lunch. Priced at 40€, it felt ‘of place’ and tasted great.
Expect the unexpected when you dine at Restaurant Le 1741. The restaurant changes its menu weekly, and in some cases daily, depending on the season.
Restaurant Le 1741 is located at 22 Quai des Bateliers, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Au Pont Corbeau
Christophe Andt’s Au Pont Corbeau is a 30 year stalwart in the Strasbourg France food scene. His rustic Strasbourg restaurant, loved by such luminary chefs as Jean-George Vongerichten, serves the epitome of Alsatian comfort food, with its choucroute garnie stealing the show.
With its generous servings of salted bacon, smoked bacon, smoked sausage and knack de Strasbourg, Andt’s version of the popular Alsatian dish is not for dainty diners. This monstrous dish typifies the hearty cuisine of Alsace and yes, it’s a showstopper, but the menu’s jambonneau grille separates the homey tavern from other Strasbourg Winstubs.
The pork knuckle, with its perfectly braised flesh and crispy, crackly skin, melted in our mouths and stole our hearts with every bite. Paired with a pichet of Sylvaner wine, our meal was like the blue heavens that occupy the sky above the nearby Vosges Mountains.
Chez Yvonne is the place to be in Strasbourg for lunch. Lines stream out the entrance and onto the street most days of the week. However, this Strasbourg restaurant is worth its inevitable wait.
Inside, pictures of French and other European celebrities line the walls of the restaurant’s middle stairwell. It’s a classic Alsatian space with wooden heart shaped chairs, gingham curtains and autumn-patterned tablecloths. As you’ve likely guessed, Chez Yvonne, also know as Winstub S’Burjerstuewel, is old. Very old. As in a century and a half old.
This winstub (i.e. wine pub) dates back to 1873.
You may also guess that Chez Yvonne’s menu is filled with meaty dishes. You’d be correct. The chourcroute garnie we ordered piled five different pork parts atop a mound of tangy sauerkraut. It was great but it wasn’t the highlight of our meal. That honor goes to a starter – salade Alsacienne.
The term ‘salade’ should be interpreted loosely here since this ‘salade’ was essentially a pile of shredded Emmental cheese topped with a cervelas sausage (essentially an Alsatian white sausage or boudin blanc) and half of a hard boiled egg. The fact that the sausage and cheese were served cold with a bed of lettuce justifies the salad classification. That’s how they roll in Strasbourg and who are we to argue?!
We also enjoyed the restaurant’s signature smoked sausage that, to nobody’s surprise, came with sauerkraut. A clay pichet filled with Alsatian red wine completed our meal.
One note: During the Christmas season, Chez Yvonne decorates the facade of its restaurant with an array of Christmas ornaments and large white teddy bears. It’s worth viewing even if you don’t eat at Chez Yvonne. However, we recommend that you do.
Make an advance reservation at Chez Yvonne to guarantee a table. While we were lucky to walk in without one during the Christmas season, it was touch and go until the host found a table for us.
Chez Yvonne is located at 10 Rue du Sanglier, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Hip, centrally located Binchstub takes flammekueche, a traditional Alsatian specialty also known as tart flambée, to the next level. If you’re wondering what to eat in Strasbourg, eating a flammekueche should be on the top of your list.
Locals line up for a seat at Binchstub to order two things – flammekueche and wine. Toppings like slabs of Munster cheese, pear and arugula keep these crispy pies fresh and funky.
If you love thin crust pizza, then you will love flammekueche, a definite must eat in Strasbourg.
Binchstub has multiple locations in Strasbourg.
Le Pied de Mammouth
Le Pied de Mammouth is serious about burgers.
Using nearby Alsatian ingredients, this hamburger joint offers a wide selection of sandwiches that include the Kirken with figs, brie, grilled onions and coppa and the Magistrat with cumin Alsatian Munster cheese, smoked bacon, red onions and creamy herb sauce.
Le Pied de Mammouth’s burgers come on buns baked at a local boulangerie and pair well with fries or a salad. Order beer, wine or lemonade to complete your Strasbourg lunch break.
End your meal with a homemade sundae if you have room. Luckily, ice cream doesn’t take up much room.
Le Pied de Mammouth has multiple locations in Strasbourg.
Aedaen Place Brasserie
Merriam-Webster defines a brasserie as ‘an informal usually French restaurant serving simple hearty food’ and that’s exactly what we found when we dined at Aedaen Place’s spacious yet stylish brasserie. We also found a friendly setting with stylish rooms and a craft beer menu.
Skipping the a la carte menu, we both opted for the brasserie’s George Sand prix fixe menu. Priced at 30€ a the time of our meal, this menu included three courses (starter, main dish and dessert).
While we normally associate avant-garde French novelist, and Chopin ingenue, George Sand with Paris. Aedean’s nod to the 19th century author may be due to the restaurant’s dedication to arts and letters. Aedean also owns an art gallery across the rue (i.e. street).
After starting with creamy truffle flavored potatoes topped with organic eggs, we diverged with our main dishes. Daryl opted for roasted duck topped with gingerbread sauce and served with chestnut spätzle while Mindi ordered monkfish tail served over Sardinian pasta and a melange of seasonal vegetables.
As is often the case with French desserts, our final course stole the show. While the cheese plate was enjoyable, the brasserie’s modern crème brûlée with pear, lychee, shaved almonds and thyme cookie crumbles was the star of the meal.
Aedaen Place Brasserie serves brunch on weekends and holidays.
Aedaen Place Brasserie is located at 4-6 Rue des Aveugles, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
If you’re tired of eating ginormous plates of choucroute garnie in wood framed 500 year old buildings, Le Botaniste may be your happy place. Unlike traditional Strasbourg restaurants, Le Botaniste serves edgy food in a less touristed end of the city near the rail station. It also sources most of its ingredients locally and serves a surprise menu each night based on Alsace’s seasonal bounty.
We caught Le Botaniste’s vibes when we entered its door, walked past an open kitchen and headed into a dining room decorated with the kind of furniture more commonly found in a living room or a coffee shop. To us, this was a good thing since we’re not averse to eating high concept food in ultra casual spaces. Let’s just call Le Botaniste a GastroCafe.
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Chefs Noémie D’hooge and Guillaume Chatelot drive their kitchen with a hyperlocal philosophy. While the restaurant has some good cooking going on, some of their hyper-localness struck our palates the wrong way – we’ll get to that later.
Our meal opened with a special savory babka that was ‘of place’ with ingredients that included Aalsatian cheese and cabbage. Our second dish was another winner with its melange of mushrooms, scallops and special silky vin jaune sauce.
Plan to order a three, five or seven course menu when you dine at Le Botaniste. These menus were priced at 39€, 59€ and 89€ accordingly during our meal for both omnivores and vegetarians.
For us, the meal went a bit wrong with a protein course of Hirsch (i.e. deer) served with smashed beets, berries and a beet & deer reduction. It’s not that we mind eating ourselves; however, this course was the gamiest deer we’ve ever tasted. Anyone who knows us would tell you that our meat would be way more tender and sweet. Daryl thought the taste was strange while Mindi refused to eat the dish after one bite.
That being said, we visited Le Botaniste in December, one of the worst times of year for local products. We recommend trying this restaurant in a prime month like June or September when Alsatian fruits, vegetables and other products are at their prime.
In case you’re not already aware and missed the joke, our last name is Hirsch.
Le Botaniste is located at 3 Rue Thiergarten, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
DIM SUM SAM
We often like to eat Asian dishes when we travel for a few reasons.
First, we find it fascinating to experience Asian food hybrids which incorporate local customs. Second, we adore Asian food. And, third, there’s only so much rich, heavy food that we can eat during any trip.
We satisfied all three reasons during a pleasant dinner at DIM SUM SAM in Strasbourg’s Krutenau district.
Recommended to us by a Strasbourg local, DIM SUM SAM serves handmade dumplings and banh bao (i.e. buns) and other Asian specialties. Its space is simple with a smattering of tables and an open kitchen.
We can’t say that we adored evrything we ate at DIM SUM SAM but we found every dish to be both familiar and satisfying. We appreciated that each dumpling was made onsite. Plus, if there’s anything more comforting on a chilly night than a bowl of wonton noodle soup, we have yet to find it.
Be sure to check out the hand-written suggestions before you order. That’s where we found the soupe aux raviolis (i.e. wonton soup).
DIM SUM SAM is located at 9 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Come a Marco
As good as French food may be, sometimes we just want a slice of Italian style pizza. Come a Roma solves this problem by serving Roman taglio pizza by the slice. Plus, it’s a great cheap eats Strasbourg meal option for anybody on a budget.
This casual eatery displays a selection of colorful pies that are sliced and weighed to order. Although there’s no shame in ordering a classic Margherita slice, consider adding adventurous toppings like zucchini with truffle cream if you really want to experience some of the best pizza in Strasbourg.
Additional Strasbourg Restaurants
Consider the following restaurants if you want to try even more top restaurants in Strasbourg:
Strasbourg Cafes and Dessert Shops
It’s a wonder how the people in Strasbourg can stay so slim with all of the wonderful dessert options available on every block. Perhaps it’s all the walking or maybe it’s just good genes. Either way, pastries are some of the best things to eat in Strasbourg.
These are our favorite spots for sweet treats in Strasbourg:
Mireille Oster Pain d’Epices
Dating back to 1933, Mireille Oster Pain d’Epices has become a Strasbourg institution. A fixture in the Petite France neighborhood, this shop primarily sells pain d’epices, France’s spicy quick bread that many compare to gingerbread.
The shop’s aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are practically impossible to ignore. However, unlike the original Osters who sold traditional pain d’epices at Strasbourg’s Christmas markets almost a century ago, current owner Mireille Oster adds exotic ingredients like dates, ginger, goji berries and orange blossom to the shop’s sweet yet spicy creations.
Meeting world traveler and local baker Oster during our first visit was a delight. We were impressed by her knowledge of spices as well as the quality of her shop’s pain d’epices. When we returned years later, we were equally impressed by the adorable gingerbread men that we encountered at the shop’s impressive Christmas market stand.
Mireille Oster Pain d’Epices is located at 14 Rue des Dentelles, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Donatien Maître Eclair
Twenty-something pastry chef Donatien Fehr opened his Strasbourg shop Donatien Maître Eclair in 2021 after working at Lauderée in Paris and the Ritz in London. He now bakes and sells a selection of sweet and savory éclairs that rotate with the season
Donatien Maître Eclair offers sweet éclairs like Iranian pistachio, apple caramel, dark chocolate and lemon yuzu. During our visit, savory eclairs included foie gras and smoked salmon. There was also an intriguing éclair topped with horseradish cream, dried tomatoes, green olives and black olives that caught our eyes.
Temporarily overwhelmed and wanting to try them all, we ultimately shared a hazelnut praline éclair made with dacquoise biscuits, crispy pralinée, emulsified hazelnut ganache and roasted hazelnuts.
Visit Donatien Maître Eclair soon after you arrive in Strasbourg since you’ll likely want to return to try more flavors.
Donatien Maître Eclair is located at 111 Grand’Rue, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Although award-winning pastry chef Thierry Mulhaupt learned the art of French pastries at pastry shops in Paris, he returned home to Alsace to practice his craft. This craft involves creating beautiful tarts, pastries and chocolates.
The store we visited on Vieux Marché aux Poissons was sleek and modern. However, the service we received from Mulhaupt’s wife Corinne was warm and welcoming.
Don’t discount Thierry Mulhaupt’s deceptively simple croissant and kugelhopf offerings.
Thierry Mulhaupt has multiple locations in Strasbourg.
Located in central Strasbourg but away from the tourist zone, Patisserie Kubler is a haven for delicate pastries, colorful marzipan creations and chocolate-covered candied oranges. In addition to take away sales, the shop has a seating area where customers can enjoy a relaxed mid-afternoon break.
Depending on the season, you may want to purchase a frozen dessert or bûche de Noël (i.e. yule log) instead of a pastry.
Pattisserie Kubler is located at 29 Avenue des Vosges, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Fun and inviting, Jacques Bockel is a shop devoted to chocolate in all of its iterations from bars to bon bons. However, it’s the liquid chocolate that stands out. Try some dark chocolate, milk chocolate or hazelnut chocolate from the fountain in the shop before you buy a jar as a gift.
Buy an extra jar of liquid chocolate for yourself. Otherwise, you’ll regret it later.
Jacques Bockel is located at 10 Rue Vieux Marché aux Poissons, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Sisters Bernadette and Gorica Urosevic, along with baker Stephanie Gerold, serve pretty foods in a pretty cafe on a pretty street.
It was Les Frangines’ fresh, flavor-forward food that brought us back for seconds. Sweet tarts with local ingredients like strawberries and rhubarb provide a creative take on traditional Strasbourg food. Plus they taste great.
Les Frangines also serves savory food if you’re feeling peckish.
Les Frangines is located at 18 Rue des Soeurs, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Finding a place to drink in Strasbourg isn’t a challenge. However, as is the case in most cities, some of the city’s watering holes are better than others.
These are the Strasbourg bars that we like best:
The only thing more difficult than finding Aedaen Speakeasy is finding a spot at the bar. However, both efforts are worth their while.
In our opinion, this is the best bar in Strasbourg.
If you’re looking for a sign for Aedaen Speakeasy, you won’t find it. Instead, the path to this secret cocktail bar involves walking through a busy pizzeria to a door that’s past the kitchen.
What’s behind that door will likely surprise you. No dingy hole-in the-wall, the spacious room has a decor that includes exposed pipes, vintage chandeliers, red velvet furniture and tchotchkes. More important to cocktail connoisseurs, it has an expansive drink menu crafted with liquor bottles that are stacked all the way up to the ceiling.
Once we found the door and nabbed two stools at the bar, all that was left to do was order drinks and start sipping.
While Mindi immediately knew that she wanted a glass of red absinthe served the old-fashioned way from an absinthe fountain, over a sugar cube and into the glass, Daryl wasn’t so certain. None of the bar’s seven specialty cocktails spoke to him, or perhaps they all did. So he put the decision in the capable hands of the bartender.
After asking a series of questions, she whipped up a mystery drink which ended up being a Jungle Bird. It was a good choice. Daryl enjoyed drinking the fruity rum cocktail in Strasbourg as much as he enjoyed drinking the fruity cocktail in New Orleans.
Don’t rush through dinner. This speakeasy stays open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and until 1:30am on all other nights.
Aedaen Speakeasy is located at 6 Rue des Aveugles, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Le Café des Sports
Le Café des Sports would be Daryl’s favorite sport bar in the world if it showed NFL games on its large upstairs tv. He would hunker back with a glass of biodynamic Alsatian wine in one hand and some French fromage in the other while cheering his Eagles on to victory.
Alas, this is but a dream. In reality, Le Café des Sports is too busy showing European football (i.e. soccer) matches to even consider showing American football. Plus, the French don’t really care about the NFL.
That being said, if you’re looking to enjoy quality wine with local charcuterie and French cheese in Strasbourg, this is the place. You can also enjoy beef tataki, hummus and burrata here if you’ve already reached your personal meat and cheese limits.
Le Cafe des Sports currently offers happy hour pricing from 5pm until 8pm. As always, these hours are subject to change.
Le Café des Sports is located at 16 Rue Sainte-Hélène, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Brasserie au Telegraphe
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t always eat at highfalutin establishments. In fact, some of our favorite meals around the world have been at local neighborhood pubs and greasy spoons. Despite the lack of bells and whistles, these spots simply make us happy.
Such is the case when we wandered into Brasserie au Telegraph on the other side of the Ill River, near the University, when we were craving beer. But we didn’t just order beer. We also ordered a tarte flambée for good measure.
Don’t think of Brasserie au Telegraph as a Parisian style brasserie. It’s more of local bar – the kind of place where friends hang with beers while sharing tarte flambée. It’s also a fine spot to chow down on burgers and eat plates topped with duck breast and frites (i.e. fried potatoes).
To be clear, this bar’s selection of beers from France and beyond is solid. Those not in the mood for beer can order cider, wine or cocktails instead.
This is a great stop to eat an Alsatian pizza if you haven’t yet eaten a tart flambée or flammenkuche during your visit to Strasbourg. At the time of our visit, the brasserie’s menu had nine different options including one for vegetarians and another for pescatarians.
Brasserie au Telegraphe is located at 59 Rue de Zurich, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Black & Wine
Black & Wine lives up to its name by serving wine. Plus much of hotel bar’s decor is black.
Situated within the Hotel Hannong, Black & Wine’s curated wine menu features regional wines produced in Alsace as well as bottles procured from countries like Italy, Lebanon, South Africa and China (yes, China). It’s an interesting wine list that justifies a perusal.
Ironically, we chose the very first wine listed on the menu after perusing the full list – a snappy 2017 Riesling produced by Clément and Serge Fend. It proved to be an ideal pre-dinner tipple to sip during a quiet respite away from the maddening Christmas crowds.
Four bars are enough should be enough to get your Strasbourg party started. Check out the following watering holes if you want to keep it going all week long:
Strasbourg Markets and Specialty Shops
French cities excel at markets and Strasbourg is no exception to this rule.
With the exception of Sundays, daily markets spring up all over town giving residents and visitors the ultimate Strasbourg shopping experience of buying fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats and more from regional producers. Prices are typically good at Strasbourg markets and their selection is plentiful.
Our favorite Strasbourg food market is the Marché Cronenbourg at the Place de Haldenbourg. This market, which features Strasbourg food specialties from local producers, typically occurs on Wednesdays and Fridays on the north corner of the Grand Isle at the intersection of Rue de la Nuée Bleue and Rue du Fort.
We also like the smaller Saturday food market adjacent to the Rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons near the Petite France neighborhood. That market warrants a visit too.
Bring a shopping bag for your bounty plus euros since most market vendors don’t supply bags or take credit cards.
La Cloche à Fromage
Cheese, glorious cheese, oh how we love thee.
In Strasbourg, good cheese is never far away and can be found in specialty fromageries like La Cloche à Fromage, at markets and even at the grocery stores. The local Alsatian specialty is Munster, but most shops have a variety of raw milk cheeses produced all over France.
La Cloche à Fromage is more than a specialty shop. It’s also a restaurant.
La Cloche à Fromage has multiple locations in Strasbourg.
After falling in love with the traiteur concept in other French cities, we were anxious to check out traiteurs in Strasbourg. The one that caught our eyes and satisfied our bellies was Frick-Lutz.
Founded in 1830, Frick-Lutz serves a wide selection of meats as wells as prepared food like terrines and marinated salmon. The traiteur also sells pre-cooked Alsatian and non-Alsatian style sausages.
The butcher arm of Frick-Lutz sells Bresse chickens if you have access to an oven. Bresse chickens are some of the best chickens in the world.
Frick-Lutz has multiple locations in Strasbourg.
Oenosphere, a wine shop that doubles as a wine bar, sells a wide variety of curated local wine in both boxes and bottles. It’s a great spot for wine lovers who want to explore Alsatian wine without leaving the city.
During our initial visit, glasses of 2009 Riesling Kastelbari, a funky Riesling from the vineyards of Anna & André Durrmann, motivated us to return a couple days later to buy a bottle of that same wine. We were pleased to discover Oenosphere going strong years later when we returned to Strasbourg.
Be sure to chat with Benoit Hecker when you pop into Oenosphère. Not only does Hecker have a wealth of knowledge about Alsatian wines, but he’s also insightful about Strasbourg’s local food scene.
Sign up for Oenosphère’s oenology course if you want to learn all about Alsatian wine in a fun setting.
Oenosphère is located at 33 Rue de Zurich, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Le Village de la Bière
As wonderful as the wine may be in Strasbourg, sometimes we just want to drink a good beer while watching TV at the end of a busy day of food tripping. With its global selection of large and small format bottles, La Village de la Bière makes this desire a reality.
We found many of our Belgian beer favorites at La Village de la Bière, all fairly priced and well displayed. The shop also sells American beers for those who are homesick for a taste of home.
Plan ahead. Le Village de la Bière is closed on Sundays.
Le Village de la Bière is located at 22 Rue des Frères, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Marchés de Noël (Christmas Markets)
Strasbourg calls itself the Capitale de Noël (i.e. Capital of Christmas) and we don’t disagree.
The entire city lights up and crowds descend to visit one or more of the city’s many Christmas markets. It sounds festive and that’s exactly what it is.
Strasbourg basically morphs into a big, sparkly Christmas party for the entire month of December. Numerous Christmas markets pop up and almost every market stall seems to sell Alsatian comfort food. The best stalls also sell vin chaud (i.e. hot wine).
Walking through these markets is like attending a movable feast. Just when you think you’ve seen every type of Alsatian food you want to eat, there’s even more at the next stall.
Savory food favorites include cheese topped bretzels (i.e pretzels), grumbeerekiechle (i.e. crispy potatoes) and creamy spätzle. Meanwhile, popular desserts run the gamut from spicy pain d’epice to crêpes filled with Nutella and other sweet fillings.
Strasbourgs’ Christmas markets also sell non-edible items like colorful wooden ornaments, festive candles and glass baubles. You can and should buy them for your home.
As for us, we’re sticking to edible items, especially munsterflette (a Alsatian variation of tartiflette) and vin chaud, the next time we visit Strasbourg in December.
Day Trip from Strasbourg
To fully appreciate Alsatian cuisine, not to mention the beauty of the region, it’s important to spend some time exploring the countryside. We recommend starting with the charming city of Colmar, the stunning Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg and the Alsace Wine Route.
As a bonus, there’s great Alsatian food in the areas surrounding Strasbourg. When you’re hungry, we recommend the following spot:
Le Brochet in Barr
Our lunch at Le Brochet in Barr was a leisurely affair during which we ate choucroute à l’Alsacienne (pictured at the top of the article) and la bouchée à la reine (pictured here) followed by a lush amarena sundae.
Drinking Klevener wine, a local white varietal, would have been the cherry on the sundae had we literally not eaten a sundae with a cherry on top.
Things To Do in Strasbourg France
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.