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A tea room in Strasbourg: Tonton Gâteau

You come into Tonton Gâteau as in a little garden. The wood details, rattan chairs, lanterns and hanging lights blend in perfectly with the plant-heavy decor.

This “gourmet café” offers a menu for breakfast and lunch, as well as a Saturday brunch. Brunch consists of two drinks, a sweet course, a savory course, and a pastry of your choosing. There’s something for the kids, too, with le P’tit brunch, for children up to the age of 12.

The plates and the elegant presentation make the dishes pop, while the food is wonderfully fresh and made with seasonal, quality ingredients. The flavors are traditional, but skillfully used with a modern twist.

The atmosphere is welcoming, pleasant, and family friendly. The perfect definition of koselig, as Stéphanie would say in Norwegian, and the staff are affable and bubbly. 

We particularly liked the salted caramel waffle, the salmon blini, the cheesecake (one of the best in town!), the hazelnut, passionfruit and praline cream puff, and the lemon, bergamot and violet iced tea. In short, we liked everything!

Tonton Gâteau
📍11 rue des Bouchers, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Café Food

A neo-African café in Strasbourg: Hey Mama

Located in a former confectionery shop, Hey Mama is a café and restaurant offering a modern, African-inspired cuisine. 

The interior is bright, natural and tropical. The food is fresh, colorful and copious, the presentation is neat, and the flavors are well-balanced.

The brunch menu includes an array of interesting and original flavor combinations. The fresh juice is house made “bissap” (hibiscus); the hot dish is an Afro Bowl with jollof rice, teranga sauce, roast chicken, fried plantain, avocado, and sweet potato; the sides include plantain chips, granola with mango coulis, and guava panna cotta. 

Hey Mama is open every day for breakfast, lunch (with their signatures bowls and hot dishes, salads, open-faced sandwiches and desserts) and afternoon coffee. The menu is color-coded, indicating which dishes are available in a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free version.

We particularly enjoyed the Afro Bowl, the mango granola and the guava panna cotta. Every bite made us want to come back.

Hey Mama
📍3 rue des Pucelles, Strasbourg

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Café Food Tea room

A tea room in Strasbourg: Ôjourdhui

Ôjourdhui, a café and tearoom that has recently opened in Strasbourg, is the perfect place to treat yourself and relax for a while.

They offer a wide selections of danishes, pastries, sweet and savory brunch menus (on Saturdays), freshly squeezed juices and house-made iced teas, hot beverages, savory toasts, sweet pies and tarts, brioches, macarons … everything is made in-house with quality local ingredients, and you can clearly tell it’s made with skill and love.

Every detail has been carefully thought out: the simplicity of the interior (which has the clean-cut look of an art studio, with tall windows facing place de la Bourse, and bookshelves with green cascading plants), the quality of the ingredients, the fresh and floral esthetic of the house-made dishes, the wonderfully jazzy playlist, and the choice of furniture and tableware.

We particularly enjoyed the avocado toast (with rocket, avocado, smoked salmon, and a soft-boiled egg), the “tarte au fromage” (an Alsatian cheesecake), the lemon tartelette, and the freshly squeezed apple, lime and mint juice.

The staff are friendly, cheerful and accommodating.

We were blown away by the great food, as well as the charming and peaceful atmosphere. Let’s go back tomorrow!

Ôjourdhui
📍11 rue de la Brigade Alsace-Lorraine, Strasbourg

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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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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 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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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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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)