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The Strasbourg food scene is thriving at all price points. We created this food guide as a starting point for where to find the best food at Strasbourg restaurants and cafes.
Walking through Strasbourg, in France’s Alsace region, is like walking through a fairytale village. Gingerbread houses line the streets just like in the Hansel and Gretel story. The Ill river flows through the city, providing numerous spots for romantic interludes, and in the middle of town, the Strasbourg Cathedral perches much like a castle from the middle ages. During the holiday season, people flock to the Strasbourg Christmas Market, one of the best holiday markets in all of Europe.
We soaked it all in during our recent visit to this picturesque city which has been bounced between French and German ownership over the last four centuries. We fell in love with Strasbourg’s charms as highlighted in our Strasbourg photo essay and we fell even harder for the Strasbourg food and wine. Of all the fun things to do in Strasbourg, eating and drinking were our favorite activities and a wonderful gateway to Strasbourg culture.
Eating our way through Strasbourg France was a perfect choice after our fabulous Rhine River Viking River Cruise. We chose Strasbourg due to its proximity to Basel, the final destination of the river cruise. Although Basel is in Switzerland, the Swiss city is just a short train ride away from Strasbourg. In other words, it’s a no-brainer to visit Strasbourg after a cruise that ends in Basel. And while you’re there, you might as well eat at some of the best restaurants in Strasbourg France.
It’s no secret that the 2foodtrippers love French food. After almost two months eating in France’s three biggest cities (Paris, Lyon and Marseille), we had high expectations for Strasbourg cuisine. But we knew that the food in Strasbourg would be unique for France. Strasbourg is an Alsatian city, and traditional Alsace food is different from traditional French food. Curious and hungry, we spent eleven days eating in Strasbourg. During this time in Strasbourg France, we ate it all, from bretzels to choucroute to pastries, with a special emphasis on pastries. Can you blame us?
2foodtrippers Strasbourg Food Guide
Wondering where to eat in Strasbourg France? Options for the best restaurants range from casual eateries to Michelin Star rated establishments. We ate at a variety of Strasbourg restaurants and the following win our votes for the best places to eat in Strasbourg France.
Au Pont Corbeau
Possibly the best restaurant in Strasbourg France, Christophe Andt’s Au Pont Corbeau is a 30 year stalwart in the Strasbourg France food scene. The 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. This dish is not for the dainty diner with its generous servings of salted bacon, smoked bacon, smoked sausage and knack de Strasbourg. The monstrous dish typifies the hearty cuisine of Alsace and yes, it is a showstopper, but the jambonneau grill separates this homey tavern from many others. 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.
Au Pont Corbeau (€€) is located at 21 Quai Saint-Nicolas, 67000 Strasbourg, France. The restaurant is listed in Le Fooding Guide and has been awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation.
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 to order two things – flammekueche and wine. Toppings like slabs of Munster cheese, pear and arugula keep these pies fresh and funky. If you love thin crust pizza, then you will adore this version, a definite must eat in Strasbourg.
Binchstub (€€) is located at 6 Rue du Tonnelet Rouge, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
One of six Michelin starred restaurants in Strasbourg, Esprit Terroir stands out for its cozy location and its wonderful, affordable lunch menu. It’s hard to pass on a seasonal three-course lunch of this quality for under €30 (additional for coffee and wine). Dinner is a fancier affair with meals priced accordingly.
Esprit Terroir (€€€) is located at 2 Quai Finkwiller, 67000 Strasbourg, France. The restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star.
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 like 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. The burgers come on buns from local boulangerie Au Pain de mon Grand-Père and are served with fries or a salad. Order a pint of local Bendorf beer to complete your perfect Strasbourg lunch.
Le Pied de Mammouth (€€) has two locations in Strasbourg. The restaurant is listed in Le Fooding Guide.
Come a Marco
As good as French food may be, sometimes you just want a slice of Italian style pizza. Come a Roma solves this problem by serving authentic Roman taglio pizza by the slice, plus it’s a cheap eats Strasbourg option if you’re on a budget. The casual eatery displays a selection of colorful pies which Federico Bartoloni and his staff slice and weigh 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 the best pizza in Strasbourg.
Come a Roma (€) is located at 7 Rue de la Chaîne, 67000 Strasbourg, France. The restaurant is listed in Le Fooding Guide.
Sisters Bernadette and Gorica Urosevic, along with baker Stephanie Gerold, are serving pretty foods in a pretty cafe on a pretty street. Les Frangines serves fresh, flavor-forward food that brought us back for seconds. The team bakes up savory quiches and sweet tarts with local ingredients like strawberries and rhubarb, providing a creative take on traditional Strasbourg food.
Les Frangines (€) is located at 18 Rue des Soeurs, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Smokey Brothers is a new deli-style restaurant specializing in smoked meat sandwiches (think pastrami and Reubens.) Being in France, they don’t just throw the meat on bread. Instead, they serve the pastrami with toppings like honey mustard and cornichons. Not in the mood for pastrami? No worries – Smokey Brothers has other offerings like hamburgers, hot dogs and salads.
Smokey Brothers (€€) is located at 20 Rue Munch, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
In addition to the many Strasbourg restaurants, the city has a multitude of to-go shops including boulangeries, patisseries and traiteurs.
It’s hard to throw a stick in Strasbourg without hitting a boulangerie selling fresh baguettes. You can shop at a chain like Au Pain de mon Grand-Père or try a local shop. Our neighborhood go-to was Complicithé. We love their pastries as well as their pointy baguettes. They also sell sandwiches and chocolates at their small shop.
Complicithé is located at 23 Rue des Juifs, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
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 the markets and even at the grocery stores. The local Alsatian specialty is Munster, but most shops have a variety of raw milk cheeses from all over France.
La Cloche à Fromage has two locations in Strasbourg.
Meats & Prepared Foods
After falling in love with the traiteur concept in other French cities, we were anxious to check out one in Strasbourg. One that caught our eyes and satisfied our bellies is Frick-Lutz. Founded in 1830, this traiteur serves a wide selection of meats as wells as prepared food like terrines and marinated salmon. They also sell pre-cooked Alsatian and non-Alsatian style sausages.
Frick-Lutz has four locations in Strasbourg.
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 buy fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats and more from regional producers. Prices are good at the Strasbourg markets, and selection is plentiful.
Our favorite market was the Marché Cronenbourg at the Place de Haldenbourg. This market, which features Strasbourg food specialties from local producers, happens 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. There’s also a smaller Strasbourg food market on Saturdays adjacent to the Rue du Vieux Marché aux Poissons near the Petite France neighborhood.
It’s a wonder how the people Strasbourg can stay so slim with all of the wonderful dessert options available on every block. Perhaps it’s all the walking or just good genes. Either way, pastries are some of the best things to eat in Strasbourg.
Although award-winning pastry chef Thierry Mulhaupt learned his craft in Paris, he returned home to Alsace to practice his craft. Mulhaupt creates beautiful tarts, pastries and chocolates, but don’t discount the more simple croissant and kugelhopf offerings. The store we visited on Vieux Marché aux Poissons was sleek and modern, but the service we received from Mulhaupt’s wife Corinne was warm and welcoming.
Thierry Mulhaupt has two locations in Strasbourg.
Similar to what many would call gingerbread in the United States, pain d’epices is an Alsatian quick bread usually baked with a variety of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Although this bread is easily located in Strasbourg, it’s worth a special visit to Mireille Oster at her eponymous Pain D’Epices store in the Petite France neighborhood. We first met world traveler and local baker Oster during our Strasbourg Food & City Tour. Oster impressed us with her knowledge of spices as well as the quality of product sold in her quaint shop.
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.
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 or for yourself.
Jacques Bockel is located at 10 Rue Vieux Marché aux Poissons, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
We must admit we did not go to any bars in Strasbourg, and yet we drank really well. How is this possible? Easy enough – we bought world-class wine and beer to enjoy at our Airbnb apartment.
Oenosphere is part wine shop, part enoteca (wine bar) and 100% recommended. This wine lover’s mecca sells a wide variety of curated local wine from boxed wine to high-quality bottles. We will long remember the 2009 Riesling Kastelbari from the vineyards of Anna & André Durrmann. After drinking a glass of this funky Riesling, we returned a couple days later to buy a bottle. When you visit, be sure to chat with Benoit Hecker – he has a wealth of knowledge about Alsatian wines along with surprising insights on the local food scene. Plus, he’s a great resource for things to do in Strasbourg.
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 you just want a good beer. La Village de la Bière fills this need with its global selection of large and small format bottles. We found many of our Belgian favorites here, all fairly priced and well displayed. There are some American beer selections here too if you’re homesick. They even have American Budweiser, which we would never think about drinking in Europe OR in the U.S.
Le Village de la Bière is located at 22 Rue des Frères, 67000 Strasbourg, France.
Day Trips 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 – especially the charming city of Colmar, the stunning Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg and the Alsace Wine Route. We were fortunate to visit all of these spots with our lovely new friend Isabelle Rederstorff and her equally lovely daughters. Plus, there’s great Alsatian food to be found in the areas surrounding Strasbourg.
Le Brochet in Barr
Our lunch at Le Brochet in Barr was a leisurely affair. We ate choucroute à l’Alsacienne (pictured at the top of the article) and La Bouchée à la Reine (pictured here). We drank Klevener wine, a local white varietal. Best of all, we finished our meal with a decadent amarena sundae.
Le Brochet is located at 9, Place de l’Hotel de Ville, 67140 Barr, France.
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