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Café Food

A cozy café in Strasbourg: Madame Julia

We dropped by Madame Julia on a Saturday just before lunchtime to try their à la carte brunch (served Saturdays and one Sunday a month). We took our seats in this calm and cozy foodie haven, just across from the place de la Bourse.

We particularly enjoyed the Green Pancakes and Madame Julia pancakes, washed down with a smoothie (green, to go with the interior). Another time, we would have gone for a hot drink, an iced tea or a deliciously nostalgic warm milk with honey.

Depending on the time of day, you could also opt for a savory poké bowl, or a sweet one (for lunch), a raspberry cookie or a slice of pistachio cake (in the afternoon). With its jazzy and bossa nova playlist as well as its koselig vibe (as Stephanie would say), this café is a great place to chill out under the high ceilings, and let your mind wander as you gaze through the arched windows.

Madame Julia
📍 34 rue de la 1ère Armée, Strasbourg

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Bar Café Food Restaurant

A modern café in Strasbourg: Square Delicatessen

Square Delicatessen is open all day, every day. Depending on your mood or the time of day, take a seat on the terrace or inside and enjoy the café’s New York Italian Deli vibe.

Start your day with a sweet or savory Deli’s Breakfast (Sunday Brunch is served until 2PM), with a flavored cappuccino or a cup of tea from Mariage Frères. As the day goes on, tuck into a salad, a slice of pizza, an antipasti-platter to share, or a house-made dessert. In the evening, opt for a spritz during happy hour, a cocktail (virgin or not) or one of their beers on tap.
We particularly enjoyed the wall covered in illustrations by local artist Williann, the New York-inspired interior, and the friendly atmosphere.

Square Delicatessen
📍 12 rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

A Japanese restaurant in Strasbourg: Matsumotoya

Don’t expect sushi to be on the menu here. Matsumotoya celebrates the authentic flavors of Japanese cuisine, with traditional hot dishes (katsudon, soba and udon noodles, gyoza, takoyaki…) washed down with green tea, ramuné (Japanese soda), Japanese beer or a glass of sake. The atmosphere is welcoming and minimalist, and the waiters (in traditional uniforms) are friendly and attentive.

When making your reservation (which is recommended), remember to let them know if you would like Western or Japanese-style seating (on a tatami – don’t forget to take off your shoes). We particularly liked the edamame and inari appetizers, the option to order your food with less salt, and the fact that the restaurant attracts a Japanese clientele. We also enjoyed thinking back on our trip to Japan during our our meal, which was (almost) as good as over there.

Matsumotoya
📍 13 rue des Veaux, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Bar Food

Have a cocktail in a cellar in Strasbourg: La Cabane

We start out by playing at getting lost in a side street near the Cathedral. Then we ring a doorbell and go down a flight of stairs into a dimly lit vaulted stone cellar decorated with lush greenery.

La Cabane is a bar with an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, although the 80s to 2000s playlist is a little puzzling. We’re a long way from the clichéd treehouse in the forest with the sounds of birdsong and leaves rustling in the wind, but we quicky realize that’s not what we’ve come here to find.

Having followed the thoughtful advice of one of the bartenders to make our order, watching the mixologists behind the bar put on a show while making the drinks is all part of the experience. The cocktails are refreshingly creative and well-balanced. We particularly appreciate the reusable aluminum straws.

Every cocktail is carefully composed to tell a story we’re happy to get on board with.

La Cabane
📍 6 rue du Tonnelet Rouge, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

An Alsatian restaurant in Strasbourg: Le Saint-Sépulcre

Alsatian adages written in chalk on the walls here and there brighten up the interior of this traditional Winstub, where a few modern touches have been sparingly added to the decor. We ordered one of the many tempting regional specialties on the menu. While we were waiting for our ham en croûte, we leafed through a few of the books about Alsace that are displayed above the benches. The ham was juicy, while the crust was just as it should be – crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The regional classic truly lived up to our expectations.

Le Saint-Sépulcre
📍 15 Rue des Orfèvres, Strasbourg

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Bar Café Food

A jazzy café in Strasbourg: Les Savons d’Hélène

On a gray and rainy winter afternoon, we found all the comfort we needed at les Savons d’Hélène. Following our craving for something sweet, we each ordered a crème brulée, along with a hot chocolate for Stéphanie and a nice, warm grog (honey, dark rum and lemon) for Jérôme. The atmosphere of the café is pleasant and playful – with jazzy music, a brightly colored mural, multicolored string lights and a verdant greenhouse back terrace. We’ll be back to catch a concert this summer.

Les Savons d’Hélène
📍 6 rue Saint-Hélène, Strasbourg

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Food Tea room

Tea time in Strasbourg: Le Thé des Muses

The atmosphere is muted at Thé des Muses – a tea house with cozy tea rooms, as well as a small shop area that sells loose leaf tea and accessories. The tea rooms offer a selection of more than 300 teas, both classic and flavored, from all over the world (China, India, Japan, Kenya…), along with delicious home made cakes and tarts with a little twist. It’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries when you’re in town, and share something sweet in a moment of tranquility.

Le Thé des Muses
📍 19 rue Sainte-Barbe, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

A pizza restaurant in Strasbourg: L’Oro di Napoli

It’s far too tempting to devour the pizza, still piping hot from the oven, instead of patiently snapping a picture . One of our top 3 best pizzas in Strasbourg!

L’Oro di Napoli
📍 40 rue des bouchers, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

A French brasserie in Strasbourg: Aedaen place

Enjoy the cozy atmosphere and cool interior at Aedaen place (the brasserie side). Our dishes (Pollock with coconut curry and duck with heirloom vegetables)were very well balanced – and cooked to perfection. Stephanie fell in love with the playlist.

Good to know: brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Aedaen place
📍 4-6 rue des Aveugles, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: Le Bastardo

With its welcoming staff, inventive interior (with a map of Italy chiseled into one of the walls) and generous portions, Bastardo specializes in modern and flavorsome Italian cuisine focused on quality ingredients. They change the menu following what’s in season.

We very much enjoyed the lobster bisque risotto, bucatini al ragú, raspberry mojito, homemade bread with caramelized hazelnuts (still warm from the oven), and the street art murals leading down to the restrooms.

Le Bastardo
📍 17 rue des Tonneliers, Strasbourg

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Bar Food Restaurant

Eat healthy in Strasbourg: Le Botaniste

A cozy Nordic atmosphere, cocktails with an original twist, a creative and inventive cuisine that centers on fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce – everything at Le Botaniste is in place for a great night out, on a date or with friends.

Le Botaniste
📍 3 rue Thiergarten, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: Pop & Lino

Tucked away in a little side street and behind a wall of aperitivi, this colorful Italian restaurant offers a “pizza e pasta” concept with a wide array of cocktails and a shaded courtyard with an olive tree at the center. We opted for their meta-meta menu – half pizza, half caprese salad.

Pop & Lino
📍 8 rue du Faisan, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Food Restaurant

A Mediterranean restaurant in Strasbourg: Tzatzi

Having opened quite recently, Tzatzi puts a a delicious spin on classic Mediterranean recipes. We particularly recommend the preserved lemon hummus, the lamb pide (the meat just melts in your mouth) and the pomegranate, basil and elderflower cocktail.

Tzatzi
📍 1 rue Sainte Barbe, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)