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An Alsatian restaurant in Strasbourg: Au Pont Corbeau 

Behind crown glass windows in the center of Strasbourg lies a family-owned winstub (a traditional Alsatian restaurant), where authenticity, conviviality and local traditions intermingle.  

The atmosphere is welcoming and typical of the region: wooden paneling and chairs with a heart carved in the backrest, Alsatian illustrations on the walls (particularly by Tomi Ungerer and Hansi), grey and blue Betschdorf stoneware pitchers… 

The rustic ambiance transports us to a different time. Behind the bottle glass windows, we feel like we’re in a cocoon, safe from the outside world. This winstub is like an extension of the Alsatian Museum next door, which is dedicated to the region’s folk arts and traditions.  

The menu proudly highlights Alsatian specialties: choucroute garnie (sauerkraut with a selection of meats, sausage, and potatoes), tête de veau (calf’s head), jambonneau (ham hock), grumbeereckiechle (potato pancakes), munster cheese … The tasty dishes and generous portions provide all the comfort of Alsatian cuisine.  

Le Pont Corbeau is also, and more importantly, a family affair. For over 40 years, Christophe Andt, now joined by his daughter Coralie, has carried on and championed the conviviality and culinary identity of Alsace. This family-oriented approach gives this winstub a strong identity and its very own character. 

What’s more, father and daughter are the loving caretakers of an incredible wine cellar, which they have gradually added to through years of regular meetings with wine makers.

Le Pont Corbeau is more than local wines and specialties. It’s a shared passion for Alsace, its cuisine, and its produce.  

Au Pont Corbeau
📍21 quai Saint Nicolas, Strasbourg

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A cozy restaurant in Strasbourg: L’Éveil des Sens

L’Éveil des Sens (The Awakening of the Senses): the name itself is enough to pique one’s interest.

This semi-gourmet restaurant is located in a small Alsatian house in the heart of Strasbourg’s old town, la Petite France. The chef offers a sophisticated cuisine that skillfully combines originality and tradition. Each delicately presented dish is wonderfully fragrant and a feast for the eyes. The flavor combinations are rich and finely balanced.

The menu, which consists of 4 starters, 4 mains, and 4 desserts, changes roughly every 2 months and according to the season. Even with this limited selection, everyone will be able to find something to their taste.

The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is charming and convivial, and the wooden decor with exposed beams is warm and welcoming.

L’Éveil des Sens is the perfect spot for a date night or an evening out with friends.

We particularly enjoyed the muted ambiance in the upstairs room (at dinnertime), the mouthwatering presentation, the dishes being both modern and comforting, and the good value for money. As for the food, the highlights of the evening included the perfectly poached egg with smoked cream and a generous serving of morels, the exotic flavors of the fillet of pollock with white beans, lime and coconut milk, and the zingy freshness of the rice pudding cylinder with yuzu and speculoos.

L’Éveil des Sens
📍Rue des dentelles, Strasbourg

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A sophisticated brunch in Strasbourg: Hotel Maison Rouge

Located between la Petite France and the Cathedral and a mere stone’s throw from place Kléber, the Hotel Maison Rouge is one of Strasbourg’s most iconic hotels. It recently reopened, looking like new after three years of renovations.

This 5-star establishment with 131 rooms offers a brunch menu to hotel clients and outside guests alike, every Sunday from 11:00 to 15:00.

After passing the hotel reception, we go up one floor to the Salons Mistinguett (named after the French cabaret entertainer, famous throughout the Belle Époque and Roaring Twenties). The staircase is decorated with stained-glass windows depicting scenes of Alsatian towns and villages.

The Salons Mistinguett have a particularly elegant interior, using a surprising yet harmonious blend of colors (antique pink, emerald green, with accents of yellow gold, black-and-white mosaic tiles, and greenery) and materials (marble surfaces, velvet seating, and clean-cut metal light fixtures). The choice of mixing Alsatian elements with Art Deco-style details works wonderfully well. The muted atmosphere, cushy velvet seats and calming jazzy playlist make a perfect combination for a cozy meal.

The hotel’s Sunday brunch allows you to sample both the breakfast buffet and à la carte items, as well as cold and hot drinks, in an all-you-can eat combo at 48€ per person. 

The buffet offers a large variety of sweet treats (breakfast pastries, brioches, cakes, muffins, cookies, buns, fresh fruit salad, yogurt, desserts…), savory dishes (smoked salmon, cold cuts, shrimp, duck breast, hot dishes, cheese, marinated chicken, roasted vegetables…) and cold drinks (freshly squeezed juices, different kinds of water). 

Several sweet (pancakes, brioche French toast, Bircher muesli) and savory dishes (trout gravlax, avocado toast, any style of eggs) and hot drinks (a selection of coffee, tea, herbal tea, and hot chocolate) are made to order and served at the table. 

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Despite the hotel’s high standing, the team is neither haughty nor sniveling. Quite the opposite. Friendly hospitality is ingrained in the very backbone of the house, which has a prestigious history going back all the way to 1387. This heritage is mastered to a T, as the whole team does their utmost to pamper the guests and ensure their comfort.

We particularly enjoyed the Art Deco-inspired decor, the very attentive service, the hot chocolate and cappuccino with a rich milk froth, the subtly scented Earl Grey tea, the eggs Benedict served on a dampfnudel with trout gravlax, and the brioche French toast, which was wonderfully fluffy and moist.

Sunday brunch at the Hotel Maison Rouge is a new experience in sophistication and refinement, ideal for a relaxing moment in Strasbourg.

Reservations are recommended.

Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
📍 4 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Strasbourg


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A culinary gem in Strasbourg: Honesty

As soon as we enter the restaurant, the tone is set – elegance and character.

We climb a narrow staircase to reach the understated and intimate upstairs room, where the interior is centered on quality materials and soft, warm lighting.

Honesty’s menu consists of 2 starters, 3 mains, and 2 desserts at lunchtime, 3 starters, 5 mains, and 3 desserts for dinner and on weekends. You can choose between a main alone, and a 2-course or 3-course combination.

The cuisine is modern, creative, and feminine. Everything is prepared with fresh, quality products, creating as little waste as possible. Every dish is born out of a pursuit to achieve harmony and balance in flavors, and the ingredients are cooked to perfection. Little appetizers (mouthfuls, consommés, pre-desserts) are served between each course, thus skillfully punctuating every highlight of the meal, and reappropriating practices from gourmet restaurants.

The team’s attention to detail is obvious on every level, from the meticulous presentation of the dishes and sides to the choice of seating (the chairs are exceptionally comfortable) and tableware.

The menu changes monthly, following what’s in season and the chef’s inspiration.

Honesty is the perfect balance between fine dining and a brasserie feel. The atmosphere of this tiny restaurant is welcoming and relaxed – it’s a place where you can really take the time to enjoy a delicious meal. A wonderful time, whether for a night out with friends or a romantic evening with your partner.

The dynamic duo running the restaurant, Tiffany in the kitchen and Chloé front of house, clearly complement each other well. The cheerful and attentive Chloé makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

This restaurant perfectly illustrates the importance of honesty and sincerity in good food.  A lovely little gem in Strasbourg.

Honesty
📍 2 quai Finkwiller, Strasbourg

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A cheese lover’s paradise in Strasbourg: La Cloche à Fromage

La Cloche à Fromage is an absolute must for any cheese lover visiting Strasbourg.

As soon as we enter the restaurant, an enticing cheesy scent – similar to the fragrance filling a fine cheesemonger’s – tickles our nostrils. A sign of a wonderful experience to come …

Our eyes are immediately drawn to the giant transparent cheese dome, which can hold up to 90 varieties of cheese.  When the restaurant first opened in 1988, this massive piece was named the world’s largest cheese dome by the Guinness Book of Records. The original dome was replaced in 2016, by an equally large, but more high-performance model that would also work with current storage standards.

The menu offers an array of themed cheese boards, different kinds of fondue (all-you-can-eat), half-wheel raclette served under a traditional grill, and other cheese-based specialties. A selection of seasonal dishes, with or without cheese, is also on the menu.

The tastefully decorated interior resembles an urban mountain inn, with a few industrial touches here and there, and the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The manager plays his role as cheese emcee to perfection, entertaining and delighting the guests at every turn. The team of servers is very attentive, answering questions and explaining the menu in at least three languages (French, German and English).

The cheeses are ripened in the restaurant’s in-house maturing cellar. The cheesemonger prepares each cheese board with great care, right next to the giant dome.  Like a painter with his colors, he arranges the flavors of the cheese boards by using the dome as a taste palette.

We particularly enjoyed the traditional fondue (with gruyère, emmental, comté and white wine, flambeed with kirsch) and the cheesemonger’s explanations. An inexhaustible source of knowledge about the different terroirs, designations, and varieties of cheese, he eloquently and passionately tells us about the impressive array of cheese on the board – which must be eaten in order, from mildest to strongest.

We recommend you make your reservation well in advance.

La Cloche à Fromage
📍 27 rue des Tonneliers, Strasbourg

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Eating healthy in Strasbourg: le Café potager

Le Café potager is a “fast good” café in the center of Strasbourg.

Savory dishes, both hot and cold (salads, bowls, quiches) are displayed all around the the counter, and there are several vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options. When you pick a lunch or brunch menu, you can choose to have an appetizer or dessert (pie, cheesecake, fruit salad, cookies, panna cotta…) with your main as well.

Their coffee, from various origins, is all roasted in Strasbourg and offered in a wide selection of forms (americano, cold brew, espresso, moccacino, latte macchiato…), while their tea, hot or iced, comes from Thé des Muses just around the corner. You could also go for a freshly squeeed juice, soda, or lemonade.

All the dishes are tasty, fresh and house-made, and the baristas are cheerful and friendly.

You can enjoy your meal inside, on the terrace on rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the summertime, or take it to go.

We love the verdant interior with details of light wood, metal and light bulbs.

For digital nomads: the café offers free wifi gratuit and power outlets to charge your phone or laptop.

Le Café potager
📍 5 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Strasbourg

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An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: La Vetta

La Vetta is a family-run Italian ristorante with an intimate atmosphere, located in a small side street near Strasbourg Cathedral.

Filomena greets her customers like old friends, and takes care of every table with enthusiasm and generosity. Her husband Antonio – bandana tied around his head – works hard in the kitchen with his sous-chef. Italian pop streams out of the speakers, immediately immersing you in the feeling of Neapolitan dolce vita.


The minimal menu is completed by a board of seasonal specials (like truffles, mozzarella di bufala, linguine alle vongole…). The selection is wide enough to satisfy every taste and preference.

For instance, you could start with a glass of prosecco or spritz accompanied with a Parma ham bruschetta, before continuing with a pizza La Vetta (with Parma ham and arugula) or a meat dish (like saltimbocca alla Romana), fish (grilled squid), pasta, risotto, or a vegetarian dish, and end on a sweet note with a tiramisú.

The dishes are house-made, tasty, well-balanced, and cooked to perfection. In the course of a meal, you’re transported to the heart of Italy. Don’t forget to order the tiramisú, which is among our top 3 best tiramisús in town.


La Vetta is one of our favorite places in Strasbourg. One of the reasons for that is the fact that we had our very first date here, when an unexpected serenade from a mandolin player made us feel like we were in Lady and the Tramp. O sole mio… !

Reservations recommended.
(These photos were taken at the beginning of dinner service. When we left, the restaurant was full.)

Ristorante La Vetta 
📍 16B rue du Sanglier, Strasbourg

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An Italian restaurant in Strasbourg: Il Felice

Il Felice, the new Italian restaurant in rue des Tonneliers, is a joy to the senses. Sit down beneath a lush canopy of greenery to savor their generous Italian cuisine with a twist. The interior is classy and modern without ever being austere.

The menu (consisting of antipasti, classic or gluten free pasta, secondi piatti, pizza and dolci) is small but very well rounded, thanks to the addition of seasonal specials on the blackboard. Those who love cocktails, prosecco, moscato, and italian wines and spirits will be able to indulge here, all in moderation.

We particularly enjoyed the lovely floral touch of the Saint-Germain spritz with a bucatini straw, the seasonal pumpkin pizza with walnuts, chestnuts, arugula and shaved parmesan, the Burrata d’Amore pizza (yellow tomatoes, datterini, pesto, preserved red tomatoes, burrata, slivered almonds) and their kids’ menu (all main courses are available in half portions at half price).

Il Felice
📍 2 rue du Poumon, Strasbourg

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A speakeasy in Strasbourg: Secret place AEDAEN

The entrance to this “secret” bar is in the pizzeria in rue des Aveugles. Go through the restaurant, past the kitchens, and pull on the little console table (shhh! you didn’t hear it from us).

Choose from a selection of cocktails (with or without alcohol), spirits (a large array of whisky, gin, vodka, rum, cognac, armagnac, pisco, grappa, schnapps, calvados, mezcal, tequila, absinth, vermouth, port …), beer, or soft drinks. You can also try a bespoke cocktail, according to your tastes, allergies, or simply what you feel like. Answer a series of questions from the bartender and let yourself be amazed. 

The selection of spirits is so large that the bartenders regularly have to climb a ladder all the way up to the ceiling to find the right bottle. 

The decor consists of a harmonious mix of raw concrete, red velvet and retro wallpaper. An enormous stuffed kudu head has found its place next to the bar, and the space is softly lit with shaded lamps, hanging metal lamps, as well as vintage chandeliers and wall lights.

We decided to put the bartender’s creativity to the test. She then prepared a tailor-made cocktail for each of us : one with blackcurrant liqueur, Greek vermouth and grapefruit syrup, the other with tequila, black sesame, and lemongrass. The result was delicious, subtle and perfectly balanced. Only once we tasted the drinks were the ingredients revealed to us. It’s a good thing to not always be in control, and rather sit back and rely on the skill and inspiration of an alchemist!

We particularly enjoyed the speakeasy-vibe, the wall of bottles, the bespoke cocktails and the creativity of the staff.

(Photos taken with the express permission of the bartenders.)

Secret place AEDAEN
📍 4 rue des Aveugles, Strasbourg

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A French restaurant in Strasbourg: Les Sales Gosses

Every six weeks, Les Sales Gosses offers a gastronomical getaway to explore a new French region or “terroir”.

The menu is made up of six appetizers, six main courses (including one or two dishes that are typical for the chosen area), and six desserts.

This time, we went on a culinary trip to Cap Ferret and the Bassin d’Arcachon (on the coast near Bordeaux). We particularly enjoyed the homemade rabbit rillettes, the unilaterally seared sea bass with zucchini and thyme galette, and the nougat glacé with pistachio nougatine. Everything is presented with care and made fresh. The portions are very generous.

From the 29th of September, the menu will be changed entirely (for the 86th time), with dishes inspired by the Pays d’Auge in the heart of Normandy.

For lunch, you can pick from the set menu, with two new appetizers and two new mains every week. 

Reservations are recommended.

Les Sales Gosses
📍 56 Boulevard Clemenceau, Strasbourg

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A safari bar in Strasbourg: Le Douanier

Le Douanier defines itself as a “cocktail bar that takes you on a safari for your taste buds”. We were made to get along!

The cocktail menu (with and without alcohol) lets you travel to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The bar also offers other drinks (like draft beer, gin, rum …) and snacks.

All the cocktails are original house creations, and every one of them has its own specific drinking vessel.

We particularly loved the tropical and cozy interior, the Constantinople (which has a rosy roundness that reminds us of Turkish delight), the Grootz (a pisco sour with a twist, fresh and herby with a hint of bitterness) and the quirky humor of the menu.

Le Douanier
📍 5 rue de la Douane, Strasbourg 

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A French brasserie in Strasbourg: Les Haras

La Brasserie des Haras offers a modern cuisine, conceived by Marc Haeberlin, chef at two-star Michelin restaurant l’Auberge de l’Ill.

After crossing the terrace paved with Rhine pebbles, which leads into the courtyard, you enter the characteristic decor of this meticulously renovated 18th-century stud farm. Steal a glance at the team of chefs moving around the open kitchen in a perfectly choreographed dance. The 32 steps of the monumental solid oak spiral staircase lead onto the second floor, below an impressive system of wooden roof trusses (also 18th-century), which makes a beautiful backdrop for a sophisticated meal.

The dishes are elegant and delicate, made with a harmonious blend of quality ingredients.

We particularly enjoyed the Thai-inspired shrimp broth (with lemongrass, coconut milk and cilantro), the swordfish steak, which was cooked to perfection, and the well-balanced freshness of the pistachio-passionfruit macaron, fresh fruit and pistachio ice cream.

Brasserie Les Haras
📍 23 rue des Glacières, Strasbourg

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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

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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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Japanese bento in Strasbourg: Niko Niko

Niko Niko is a Japanese bistro with a European twist. The interior is minimalist, with rice paper lanterns as colorful accents.


Menu-wise, Niko Niko specializes in bento boxes (traditional Japananese meal boxes). Choose between a vegetarian option, meat or fish, or a sushi or tapas style bento. They also offer takoyaki, gyoza, ramen, and poke bowls.

The staff are thoughtful and attentive. 


We particularly enjoyed the vegetable and sake broth we were served before the main course, the chef’s bento (with duck breast), and the matcha tiramisu (very rich and creamy!).

Niko Niko
📍72 avenue des Vosges, Strasbourg

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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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A dim sum restaurant in Strasbourg: Dim Sum Sam

Dim Sum Sam, which specializes in steamed dumplings, has an array of delicious dim sum, banh bao (stuffed buns) and a number of vegetarian and gluten free options on offer.

We particularly enjoyed the banh cuon (a vietnamese rice pancake) with pork, black Chinese mushrooms, fresh herbs and peanuts, the pork and shrimp dumplings, the fresh touch brought by the mango salad (made as hot as you like).

The staff is welcoming, thoughtful and cheerful. Reservations recommended!

Dim Sum Sam
📍 9 rue de l’Abreuvoir, Strasbourg

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Eat healthy in Strasbourg: Pur etc

Pur etc. defines itself as a “Fast Good” restaurant, as opposed to fast food ones. They serve hot or cold, savory or sweet dishes in glass jars, made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The concepts advocates for: Good taste (real food), Good sense (clean food), Good heart (fair food). Pur etc. have several restaurants in Strasbourg, Mulhouse and the Paris region.

At the café in place St. Étienne, we particularly enjoyed the freshly squeezed apple-carrot-ginger juice, the savory-sweet vegetarian lasagna, the well-balanced acidity of the lemon-basil cheesecake, and the ceiling decorations made from kitchen utensils.

PUR etc
📍 15 place Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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A coworking café in Strasbourg: Anticafé

Anticafé stands out thanks to its original concept, never before seen in Strasbourg. Enjoy as many drinks (hot or cold) or snacks (sweet or savory) as you like, and use all the amenities you want (wi-fi, printers, flip charts, projectors …). You only pay for the time you spend there. The concept, which was first launched in Paris, has since popped up in Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Lyon, Rome…

The interior is fun and colorful, with a cozy atmosphere – or koselig, as Stephanie would say – and the staff is welcoming.

We loved the friendly, homey vibe, and the cross between café and workspace.

Anticafé
📍 1 rue de la Division Leclerc, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)

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Eat gluten-free in Strasbourg: L’Eden libre de gluten

L’Eden libre de gluten‘s menu is based on classic recipes, all made 100% gluten free without compromising on taste. This bakery and tea room offers a large selection of simple dishes (quiches, sandwiches, foccacia, salads, savory cakes), sweet treats, breads and pastries to eat in or take away. All ingredients are local and organic.

We particularly enjoyed the friendly and attentive service, as well as their 100% gluten free menu, which is both healthy and indulgent. The ideal spot for lunch or a tasty summer snack.

L’Eden libre de gluten
📍 15 place du Temple Neuf, Strasbourg
🔗 View the website (in French)