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This month, we turn the spotlight on Luxembourg’s second biggest city, where we suggest local gems in the mighty Minett region!
Let’s start our culinary journey with some brunch. If you are walking through the Rue de l’Alzette, Luxembourg’s longest pedestrian zone, head over to 24 Brunch & Cocktails where you can order vibrant smoothies next to scrumptious pancakes or savoury bagels. Café Diderich «Um Eck» is another local gem, not far from the shopping street. Their hearty brunches offer a lovely atmosphere within the Diderich library. Another breakfast or lunch option, includes the Escher Bamhauscafé where you can peek through the windows to watch the grazing animals surrounding the orange-coloured tree house – highly recommended if you have kids!
As for coffee, Babbocaffè offers a fine selection of different types of coffee, with one special coffee called ‘Babbocaffè blend – Made in Luxembourg’. Tea lovers may prefer hopping over to Simplicithé, a Luxembourg-based tea shop, which sells sustainably packaged teas and functional blends. Golden Bean or Dalmat Coffee House are also great places, located in Belval, for coffee or other hot beverages, ideal for this cold winter season. Not far from there, find Café Saga, where you can order a frothy latte and eat lunch there as well.
Lunch and/or dinner
For lunch, the family-friendly restaurant Mesa – Maison de la Transition provides organic vegetarian food while cakes, snacks and drinks are served in the afternoon. If you are more into pizzas: Cloud Factory, who recently opened in Esch, makes heavenly good pizzas as well as Nonna Nenetta. In Belval, Nonbe offers its guests a glimpse into the world of Japanese cuisine. If you are nonetheless more into sushi, Fujiyama offers big, flavourful sushi rolls alongside their tasty Japanese and Chinese cuisine!
It would be wrong not to mention the cultural center Kulturfabrik in Esch. Whether you want to enjoy a show or would like to have food or drinks in a casual atmosphere, Bistrot Ratelach provides the drinks while Brasserie K116 treats you with delicious meals, including Luxembourgish specialties. Escher Kafé serves local meals in the afternoon and even has its own bowling lane, where you can boast your best bowling moves. Minettsdäpp is another fun place to go to, where 1.000 board games and another 400 puzzles are waiting for enthusiastic players. From pub quizzes to Dungeons & Dragons, you and your friends are bound to have an entertaining evening!
The former European Capital of Culture also has eateries for meat lovers: Beeftro offers guests four different ways of tasting their meaty dishes: tagliata, Milanese, barbecue or burger. The Brasserie Schmëdd in Ellergronn, serves refined Luxembourgish dishes in the middle of Nature. Grubers is another place, which will make your stomach rumble. Known for their divine cheeseburgers, this small burger joint gets packed quite quickly, so make sure to get there in time!
Voted as the “Best Bar Out of Town” by the Luxembourg Nightlife Awards, the Chaplin Café in Ehlerange, just outside of the city of Esch, is the ideal place to have a drink. The bar provides guests with a touch screen to play with, darts and a foosball table. Pitcher, an established local pub, whose wooden interior is filled with vibrant posters and stickers is a must visit. Yet, most people will have their drink outside where all the social networking happens. If you prefer nonetheless a more laid-back evening, Snooze is perfect to watch your favourite football team play while sipping your fresh beer!
Fancy a fine dining experience?
Standing at the top of Gaalgebierg, the Seven Hotel has two exceptional restaurants. At Bosque Fevi, Chef Fernando Andreu revisits Spanish cuisine with a menu that expands with the seasons, transcending the products in a perpetual quest for harmony and excellence. Meanwhile, Fevi Gaudium, is the perfect address for Spanish cuisine lovers in its most relaxed and traditional state, without losing quality and harmony.
Restaurant Cômo is an ode to Italy, specifically from the shores of Lake Como. Rooted in typical products and recipes of the Lombardy capital, the menu rekindles the spirit of family cooking, taste and love of the product.
La Maison Lefèvre is another local gem, offering seasonal French-Luxembourgish dishes such as the traditional calf’s head. As for Postkutsch, the restaurant has a dining room with Art Deco reminiscences, a fresco evoking the stagecoach era and memorable cheese trolley. Lastly, NYX Food & Wine Experience is a unique combination of wine bar, takeaway space and restaurant, where surprising variations of contemporary European dishes, influenced by Mediterranean flavours and paired with unique selection of wines are served.
Nestled in the heart of the Kayl park, Pavillon Eden Rose is a real treasure trove of delicacies with a bucolic atmosphere. As the first entirely gluten-free restaurant in Luxembourg, Caroline Esch, owner and pastry chef at the restaurant, offers a range of gluten-free pastry during tea time in summer. In addition to the exquisite desserts, Valérian Prade was also awarded the title of “Young Chef of the Year” in 2023 by Gault&Millau, Luxembourg’s culinary guide.
Having now made the tour around downtown, the park and the industrial site of Esch/Belval, we hope to we have inspired you to have a bite in the south of Luxembourg any time soon!
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