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I’ve received so many emails lately from those of you wanting to learn more about moving to France and life in Strasbourg, so I thought I’d put together this simple blog post sharing the best restaurants and cafes in my favorite (and if I do say so myself, the most beautiful) city in France – Strasbourg! Whether you’re looking to move to this charming city in Alsace or you’re just planning a fun getaway, I hope this gives you some inspiration and helpful info for your next trip!
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My husband and I are big foodies and we love exploring the best restaurants and cafes that only the locals know about. After moving to France in 2018, we’ve traveled all across France, including the city at the center of gastronomy Lyon, where I filmed this short film at my favorite restaurant. But while there are some incredible restaurants in places like Paris, Lyon and Montpellier, I find that the food scene in Strasbourg is more relaxed, more laid-back but ultimately, very charming. You can find every cuisine in Strasbourg – Alsatian, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, and some of the best Indian food in Europe. Here are some of the best restaurants and cafes in Strasbourg France (from someone who’s lived there)!
Au fond du Jardin – Travel madeleines and British atmosphere
We’re starting this list off with the fanciest of the best restaurants in Strasbourg but one that is not to be missed! If you enjoy high-tea, delightfully ornate little madeleines, pastries and a gorgeous ambiance, you’ll love cozying on up at Au fond du Jardin near the Strasbourg cathedral. In the heart of the city, this tea parlor is filled with the most darling delights. Even with the hefty price tags on the tiny madeleines encrusted in pearls and powdered glitter (6.50 each), it’s worth the experience. The atmosphere of the tiny salon is worth every penny. The sitting area is watched over by a violin-playing cherub, with eclectic framed portraits of kittens, rose-covered chandeliers, and floral teapots stuff the wooden shelves. A classical harp plays overhead and red curtains drape the cozy tea salon, casting the diners in an enchanting escape from the outside hustle and bustle of the city center. If there ever was a real-life Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, this is it. Au fond du Jardin is charming, but be prepared to make your booking weeks in advance.
Crepes in Place Broglie
This isn’t a restaurant, but rather a crepe kiosk in the center of Place Broglie in Strasbourg. This is hands down the best place in the city to get a crepe. It’s cheap (5 euro for a massive crepe), and you can order at the stand before strolling down the peaceful avenue, heading towards the Opera. There are some benches and flower boxes where you can sit and take in the scene around you. For those of you that have a sweet tooth, be sure to order the crepe with nutella and speculoos!
A casual cafe, where only the locals go, Z Brasserie isn’t located in the touristy areas of Strasbourg but tucked away by near the UGC-Cine Cite Strasbourg (movie theatre). Alex and I always went here for our date nights before seeing an evening movie. The vibe is eclectic and casual with Frenchie bulldog lamps and Andy-Warhol style abstract paintings. They have the best vegetarian Tarte-Flambee or Flammekueche. They have a chill bar, and the crowd tends to be young professionals and cool artists. But be warned: they don’t serve food until around 19:00 so if you have an early movie, you’ll be rushed! The easiest way to get here is to take the tram or bike to the Winston-Churchill tram stop. Kinda out of the way but worth it for the food!
A super casual spot for fantastic, affordable Vietnamese food in the center of the city. The rice and noodle bowls are delicious (the tofu is some of the best I’ve had in Europe!) and they are known for their Banh Mi (like an airy, light stuffed baguette). If I could eat here every day, I would.
Atelier Nem in Strasbourg
For those that enjoy cooking and Vietnamese food, my dear friend Lan Anh started her own Vietnamese cooking class in Strasbourg where you can prepare, roll and cook your own nems! Not only is Lan Anh and the class itself lively, warm and super fun, but the experience of meeting at a local’s home and getting an authentic experience learning about Vietnamese cuisine is beyond memorable. One of my favorite experiences in Strasbourg and the best nems I’ve ever tasted! You can book a cooking workshop with her here.
This is the best Indian food in the city. My husband and I are obsessed with Indian food and after a lot of searching, we have found that this spot is the best in the city. There are quite of few Indian restaurants in Strasbourg, but Madras tastes the most authentic, plus it’s in the heart of Petite France in Strasbourg. We come here for date nights and it’s a romantic spot – small, cozy, and with only a few tables and dim lighting. I highly recommend the vegetarian Paneer Tikka Masala and the samoosas! By far, one of the best restaurants in Strasbourg France.
Café Bretelles Petite France – Suspenders
This is a coffee shop in the heart of charming Petite France, that I used to love to work in. The hot cocoa is great and they serve delicious eggs benedict on Sundays! Be sure to grab a wooden table outside if the weather is nice; people-watching here is quite splendid.
This is a classic French brasserie serving Alsatian specialty dishes in Place Kleber. They have the coolest cheese cart and fancy desserts. Upon sitting down, you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, with the stained glass windows and painted walls of the countryside. The food is delicious. It’s a classic Alsatian experience and one of the best restaurants in Strasbourg that you can’t miss if visiting. You’ll want to dress cute coming here.
This is a fancy schmancy tea parlor with an assortment of fine cakes in glass cases and cocoa from all over the world. The hot chocolate is served in cups that resemble cocoa beans and the parlors resemble those of a British tea salon. But there’s no mistaking it: it’s French – so so French. There are two locations in the city, but I highly recommend the location near the Strasbourg Cathedral – there’s a winding stone staircase that encapsulates the magic of Hogwarts and the tea parlor has a portrait that resembles Mr. Darcy. Trust me, when you settle into a cozy chair with your warm cocoa bean of a drink, you needn’t make haste!
Pâtisserie Tonton Gâteau
This is my favorite cafe in Strasbourg because two words: chocolate chaud. The hot chocolate is divine here – silky smooth, sweet and oh so milky! The coffee cups are delightful (both in color and in the roundness of shape) and the pastries are so unique (be sure to try a cake pop)! The atmosphere is unlike any place I’ve been to in Strasbourg (there are trees, fake grass, potted plants and lots of wooden benches, a few couches and a wide open window looking out onto the street). I miss it just writing about it. Take me back to Tonton Gâteau!
A chic and modern restaurant with a fun interior (clothes hang from clotheslines along the ceiling) and the cobblestoned, shaded square outside is filled with trees, greenery and cute tables. It’s lovely to sit here in the warmer months – it’s Petite France afterall! All the tourists crowd here in the summer (you can’t miss this place), and for good reason: the mushroom spatzel is incredible. The rest of the food here isn’t too great, but let’s be honest: everyone comes here for the spatzel and the views of the water.
Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my rundown of the best restaurants and cafes in Strasbourg France! Writing this only made me hungry and wish to go back! Currently, I’m living in Corsica, but this summer my husband and I will be living in Toulousse and Montpellier, so stay tuned for more vlogs, short films and photos here on my blog and youtube channel!
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I'm Helena, your new kindred spirit.
Free-spirit, writer, astrologer and all around creative in love with documenting the simple joys of life. I am passionate about noticing light and truth around me and reflecting it back to others.
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