Strasbourg Journals

Eating and Sleeping in Strasbourg

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A May 2009 trip to Strasbourg by phileasfogg

Taverne de la Cathedrale Photo, Strasbourg, France More Photos
Quote: Strasbourg, home of pâté de foie gras, is great for culinary adventures. Our hotel, unfortunately, wasn’t as fabulous as the restaurants we dined in.
An Alsatian coffee - and accompaniments Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Sitting at the edge of France, rubbing shoulders with Germany (and, off and on during its history, also being part of Germany), Alsace has been influenced in many ways by its neighbour. The Alsatian language, for instance (as we discovered during an informative boat tour of Strasbourg) draws heavily from both French and German. It also borrows from Hebrew, Yiddish and English, but that’s another story.Language isn’t the only thing in this part of the world that draws from Gallic and Germanic sources; the food is of equally diverse origins. The light dressings on salads, the lightly sautéed potatoes and the glacés that help cool off on a hot summer’s day are very decidedly French. The pickled cabbag...Read More

Best Western Hotel de France

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Hotel | "Not Quite the Best!"

Best Western Hotel de France Photo, Strasbourg, France
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We’d done research before booking a junior suite at the Best Western Hotel de France, and most reviews were positive: it’s well located, friendly, comfortable. The exterior—unimpressive concrete—didn’t bother us. Neither did the modest reception desk and the tiny lobby. We weren’t even upset when the receptionist informed us that they’re strict about their 3 PM check-in time. It was just past noon, and she let us keep our luggage in the left luggage room.When we got back after 3, we got our first inkling that things weren’t tickety-boo. The receptionist on duty told us a junior suite wasn’t available. He’d book us into a smaller room for the night, and shift us to a junior suite the next day. There...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 3, 2009

Best Western Hotel de France
20, Rue du Jeu des Enfants
Strasbourg
+33 (3) 88 32 37 12

Taverne de la Cathedrale

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Restaurant | "Friendly and Relaxed - and Affordable"

Taverne de la Cathedrale Photo, Strasbourg, France
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The Taverne de la Cathedrale is much like most of the other cafés that dot Strasbourg: cane chairs, small wooden tables, sedate cream beach umbrellas on uncomfortably sunny days. Also, like most others, its menu is a hotchpotch of Alsatian and primarily French food, with a big wine list. Yet, there was something so welcoming about the place that we found ourselves, during the three days we were in Strasbourg, returning to it so often the waiters began grinning at us in recognition when we sat down.The Taverne de la Cathedrale is in one corner of the cobbled square known as Place de la Cathedrale, home to Strasbourg’s famous Nôtre Dame Cathedral. This café begins business a little late (they’re not ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2009

Taverne de la Cathedrale
12, Place de la Cathedrale
Strasbourg
+33 (3) 88324017

Ami Schutz

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Restaurant | "Arguably the Best Baeckoffe in Town"

Ami Schutz Photo, Strasbourg, France
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Some of Strasbourg’s best local food is to be had in the Petite France quarter, and the bierstub known as Ami Schutz ranks right up there as my favourite joint in the neighbourhood—after just one visit. Firstly, the location’s great: it sits next to the three towers of the Ponts Couverts, the `covered bridges’, beside one of Petite France’s picturesque stretches of canal. Part of Ami Schutz looks out over the canal, and is therefore the most prized territory for diners: if you want a table on the terrace, make a reservation.We hadn’t made a reservation, so we had to be content with a table in the yard instead (Ami Schutz has indoor seating, but nobody sits inside on a summer evening!)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2009

Ami Schutz
1, Ponts Couverts
Strasbourg, France

L' Ancienne Douane

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Restaurant | "Some Good, Some Not So Good"

L' Ancienne Douane Photo, Strasbourg, France
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The Ancienne Douane brasserie has a bit of history attached to it—in fact, quite a bit of history. It dates back at least to the 14th century, when, in 1358, it was the Customs House of Strasbourg (for those who don’t know French, douane means customs). By 1401, the building had become a hostel; by 1615, a tobacco store; and by 1803, a wine market. By the end of the 19th century it was functioning as a fish market, until it was finally bombed and destroyed in 1944. The building, with its gables and chimneys that you now see beside the canal was constructed in 1966, when it became a restaurant specialising in Alsatian food.The inter...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 3, 2009

L' Ancienne Douane
6, Rue de la Douane
Strasbourg
+33 3 88157878

Cafe Broglie

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Restaurant | "Decent Food and Good Service"

Cafe Broglie Photo, Strasbourg, France
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On our trips to and from the Cathedral, we often passed Café Broglie on the corner of Place Broglie, but we stopped here for lunch only on the last day, and that because it was drizzling. We didn’t want to sit inside a stuffy restaurant, and the flimsy beach umbrellas of most cafés looked as if they wouldn’t protect us from a teacupful of water, so Café Broglie’s canopies looked inviting.The inside of the restaurant is typical: wooden tables, large windows, busy bar counter. Outside stretch the distinctive dark green canopies, with the Café Broglie logo in large white letters along the overhang. We were seated at a wooden table with comfortable cane chairs, and menus handed over by a waiter who spo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2009

Cafe Broglie
1 Rue du Dome
Strasbourg, France
(03) 8832-0808