Eating and Drinking in the Alsace

After having spent 4 1/2 hours on the road (coming from the Frankfurt area), we were ready to have our first meal before checking into our vacation rental.

There are many roadside restaurants. This particular one, the Au Lion only accepted guests for meals. We saw quite a few people turned away, if they only wanted drinks. We were there around 2pm, and yes, they served a lot of lunches around this time.

This was a Flambée Strasbourg, and it was delicious. I had no idea what I had ordered. I think it was the first one on the menu. Yes, I was hungry. The one in the back is a Flambée Chevre.

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Tarte flambée Strasbourg

Our first day exploring the town and its shops. Most of them were opened until 6pm on Saturday.


My husband had the three-course menu ‘Terroir’ at the Hotel Restaurant Du Mouton. We enjoyed every meal around the area. We are not gourmets, and as “Hunger is the best cook”, we can’t be truly objective. But for your average foodie, Alsatian restaurants have plenty to offer.


We spent some outdoor and indoor time at Bar à bières St Ulrich in Ribeauvillé. We just could not pass the place without doing some beer-tasting each time.


This is my last post about our weekend in the Alsace. I will leave in two weeks’ time for another three-day trip to Tallinn/Estonia. I will keep you posted.

Ribeauvillé, Les Vosges Mountains, in Autumn

We had a grand view from the vineyards. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket. And a cork screw.


The main road is lined with mostly half-timbered houses.

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

Sitting in St.Ulrich, Ribeauvillé

And yes, I still like rainbows.


With tourism centered around the wine industry, there are some interesting corners to discover around this small town.


We had rented this one-bedroom apartment via The first floor apartment is in a quiet side street off the main road. It was perfect for the two nights we spent there.

One thing to look out for is unlocking the door. The lock is a bit tricky, so I would advise practicing unlocking the door in broad daylight. Do not try to open the door in complete darkness, at least not the first time. Unless you don’t mind cursing on the door steps. 🙂

Ribeauvillé Apt


A Weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace

We spent the first October weekend in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.

Over the years, we had been to several places in the Alsace, and this time we chose Ribeauvillé. I was surprised by its size – a long main street with plenty of shops, many restaurants, and to my husband’s pleasant surprise, we discovered a whisky bar (Le Saint-Ulrich) as well.

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

Ribeauvillé, Alsace

I had seen steep vineyards before, but never quite like this.

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

Vineyards around Ribeauvillé

One of the best things in life is a little uphill walk, with your husband carrying the picnic makings in his backpack. We enjoyed the view, the wine, and our own company.


grapesThe weather in early October is often fairly nice, or we might have been just lucky over the years. We hope to do this again next year.

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