The Alsace region is famous for its exquisite wine but also the delicious gastronomy. I’ve made a list of some things you can try while you are there and also some good restaurants to visit in Colmar.
What to eat that is traditional there?
The Alsatian cuisine is delicious, and you should try a least few of these dishes. – fleischschnackas: an Alsatian dish made from cooked meat filling, eggs, onions, parsley, salt, pepper and rolled in a fresh egg pasta. – backeoffe: also known as baeckeofe, bäckeoffe or bäckaofa. It is made with a mixture of meat (lamb, pork and beef), vegetables, herbs and white wine. Cooked for a long time in a casserole. – bouchée à la Reine (vol-au-vent): is a puff pastry, filled with salpicon (chicken, mushroom, etc.) with a thick sauce; – choucroute (Sauerkraut): it is a fined cut cabbage that has been fermented and has a very sour taste. It is typically served with sausages; – tartes flambées: composed of bread dough spread out very thinly in the shape of a rectangle or circle and covered with cheese or other compounds (similar to pizza); – palette fumée: it is a smoked shoulder of pork (smoked pallet); – spaetzle (Alsacian noodles): a type of pasta.
TIP: make sure you reserve the restaurant since most of them are quite small and they are opened just for a few hours in the lunch and dinner time. I didn’t believe in this tip and was a big regret as we couldn’t try the restaurants we wanted to because they were packed.
RESTAURANTS in COLMAR
Cheap Aux Armes de Colmar – French and European food. Address: 2 B rue Rapp Chick & Nat – Fast food. Address: 13 rue de la 1ere Armee Francaise
Mid-range prices l’Arpege – International and French cuisine. Vegetarian-Friendly. Address: 24 rue des Marchands La Table du Brocanteur – French and European cuisine and vegetarian-friendly. Address: 23 rue d Alspach Restaurant La Soi – they sell typical tartè flambè. Address: 17 rue des Marchands Jadis et Gourmande – we had a hot chocolate and coffee there but they serve food and seems delicious. Address: 8 Place du Marche aux Fruits Le Cercle des Aromes – wine bar, French cuisine. Address: 3 rue Schoengauer L’Epicurien – French and European cuisine. Address: 11 rue Wickram | Pres du Marche Couvert La cocotte de grand-mere – French and European cuisine. Address: 14 Place de l Ecole Le Petit Bidon – French and European cuisine. Vegetarian-Friendly. Address: 14 rue Etroite
Fine dining Restaurant JYS – Fusion, French, European cuisine. Address: 17 rue de la Poissonnerie L’Atelier du Peintre – French, European and Contemporary Cuisine. Address: 1 Rue Schongauer Le Quai 21 – French and Mediterranean cuisine. Vegetarian-Friendly and Gluten Free Options. Address: 21 Quai de la Poissonnerie
Brewery Sainte Cru Brewery – the only brewery in Colmar. Their speciality is IPA, double and black IPA. Address: 14 rue Denis Papin
Bakery Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie – it’s an Alsacian biscuterie chain, and you have to try because it’s delicious. Address: Quai de la Poissonnerie Boulangerie l’Artisane – Address: 8 rue des Tanneurs
And to finish off, if you would like to buy some good wine, I recommend going to Caveau des Épicuriens Colmar. The delicatessen and wine shop is huge, and there is a vast selection of wine and spirits. Address: 108 Route de Rouffach