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Heading to Alsace and wondering what traditional food you should try?

Alsace is a historic and cultural region of France on the border with Germany. Having changed hands and identities a number of times, the unique history of the area is reflected in the regional food and drink. Here are some of the best specialties you must try if you’re heading to the Alsace region of France. 

Outside seating area at an Alsatian restaurant in Colmar, France: square tables with red and white checked table clothes, tables are set with glasses and silverware, red and white bistro chairs, and red and white geraniums in a pot on a windowsill behind the tables

Alsatian Food


Made from meat and vegetables, baeckeoffe is a hearty, traditional Alsatian meal. Potatoes, carrots, onions, and meat are cut and placed in a large, deep casserole dish along with some white wine and spices. This is then cooked for a long time to ensure that everything is perfectly tender.

Bouchée à la reine

Alsace lays claim to the origins of the bouchée à la reine. Veal, chicken, and mushrooms are incorporated in a creamy sauce. A vol-au-vent, a hollowed-out puff pastry, serves as the receptacle for this regional specialty.

Jonathan claims it is tasty, but I wouldn’t know as I don’t like mushrooms!

Bouchée a la reine, a hollowed puff pastry filled with a mix of diced veal, chicken, and mushrooms in a creamy gravy. Served on top of spätzle, a traditional Alsatian noodle.
This bouchée à la reine is served with spätzle.

Choucroute garnie

One of the most well-known Alsatian dishes, choucroute garnie is a plate of sauerkraut with sausages, salted meats, and boiled potatoes. Dry white wine is a key ingredient in the preparation 😉 This is a meal that is sure to warm you up in the winter.

Flammekueche / Tarte flambée

Flammekueche, also known as tarte flambée, is an Alsatian specialty. It’s a very thin and crispy dough topped with crème fraîche, onions, and bacon. (If you dare call it a pizza, be sure to do so at a whisper!) Other additions and variations exist.

We tried out several kinds. For research purposes.

A Flammekueche, also called tarte flambée, on a wooden board being cut and eaten with a fork and knife. It’s a very thin and crispy dough rolled out in a circle and topped with crème fraîche, onions, bacon, and cheese.
Mine had goat cheese & honey while Jonathan went for the Munster cheese & cumin.

Flammekueche also comes in a dessert variety. And since these tartes are so light, it’s easy to share a third one for dessert after your main meal. A popular sweet tarte flambée is with thinly sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon.

A sweet dessert Flammekueche, also called tarte flambée, on a wooden board with a fork and knife on a red napkin nearby. It’s a very thin and crispy dough rolled out in a circle and topped with thinly sliced apples and cinnamon.


Spätzle / spaetzle are a type of egg noodle. These Alsatian noodles (pâtes alsaciennes) are small but irregular in shape. Eaten as a side or main dish, this pasta is typically served with a sauce or gravy as it would be rather plain by itself.

I ordered spätzle au fromage (spätzle with a cheese sauce) as a main dish alongside a salad. Could have done with a smaller portion, to be honest! It was a heavy meal.

Spätzle au fromage, a traditional Alsatian noodle, served in a cheese sauce in an iron casserole dish. The top of the dish is a little burnt and crispy from the oven. A salad dressed in balsamic vinegar and a large pint of beer are near the main dish.

Alsace Snacks & Desserts


As seen in the logo for Alsace Tourism, the bretzel is, quite literally, a prominent symbol of Alsace.

Savory soft pretzels are most often sprinkled with coarse salt. Cheese and bacon are common additions as well (bretzel gratiné aux lardons).

Bretzel, an Alsatian soft pretzel with coarse salt, sits on a paper bag
In my opinion, the bretzel needs a little mustard, but even without it, they are good!!

You can pick up bretzels (sweet and salty versions!) fresh from the bakery. Many bars and restaurants have them on the menu to accompany a beer. 


Kougelhopf is an Alsatian brioche baked in a distinctive cake mould. The classic, sweet version is traditionally made with rum raisins and almonds, but you can also find kougelhopf with chocolate chips. Savory kougelhopf might contain bacon or nuts.

small kougelhopf, an Aslsatian brioche, with almonds, rum raisins, and dusted with powdered sugar
Our sweet, little kougelhopf got a bit squished on the train back to Paris 😢

Tarte à la Rhubarbe

If you head to Alsace in the springtime, you’re bound to notice plenty of rhubarb desserts, as cultivation of rhubarb is high in this region of France. Tarte à la rhubarbe is particularly popular and in many bakeries, you’ll see a version with meringue on top (tarte à la rhubarbe meringuée). Enjoy!!

A slice of rhubarb cake on a plate. Two spoons are on the plate and a red and white checked napkin is under the plate. An espresso and a latte, each in their mug on a plate and with a spoon are next to the dessert.
We stopped in a little café for some cake and coffee. 

Alsatian Drinks


Most people think of wine when they think of the Alsatian region of France. However, did you know that Alsace is a major producer of beer? In fact, more than half of the beer consumed in France comes from Alsace!

Meteor, Fischer, and Licorne are some of the bigger names that you might see on tap. There are also tons of craft and artisanal breweries for you to discover.


Alsace is, of course, famous for its wine. If you’re up for an adventure, you can explore the Alsace Wine Route (Route des Vins d’Alsace).

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Interestingly, wine in Alsace is generally made from one grape variety only. This is one of the requirements producers must meet in order for the wine to receive the AOC (Appellation D’Origine Contrôlée) label.

Alsace predominantly produces white wine, such as riesling, pinot blanc, and muscat. Pinot noir, a red wine, is an exception to the rule!

What do you think of these regional Alsatian specialties? Any you’d like to try?

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