There’s plenty to do and see
in Mulhouse, an Alsatian city in the far east of France
close to the borders with Germany
. But if you’re planning on climbing an almost 66-foot-high observation tower or touring the largest car and railway museums in the world, you’ll no doubt need some energy. Prepare for your day of sightseeing by eating your fill at one of the brunch spots on this list.
There are plenty of brunch options available at La Cant’In. A sweet option comes with a basket of bread and miniature pastries along with butter, jam, honey, and Nutella, as well as cheese, a fruit salad, orange juice, and a hot drink. But this pales in comparison to the Goliath sweet and savory choice that consists of all this as well as pancakes, waffles, toast, eggs, grilled bacon, charcuterie, smoked salmon, a miniature burger, and cottage cheese and berries. Salads and bruschetta are other alternatives for those who want something a little lighter.
Address & telephone number: 13 Rue de la Justice, Mulhouse, France, +33 3 89 51 13 64
Hôtel du Parc
Designed in the neoclassical style by architect Louis Schwartz, the four star Hôtel du Parc offers a buffet breakfast that is open to all, not just its guests. The spread includes cooked meats, tarts and fruit compote made from fresh, local produce, and eggs procured from the Oelenberg monastery a few miles outside of Mulhouse that are cooked to order. Make sure to try the Kougelhopf, an Alsatian specialty similar to a Bundt cake that is traditionally filled with raisins and almonds.
Address & telephone number: 26 Rue de la Sinne, Mulhouse, France, +33 3 89 66 12 22
Bistro, Coffee Shop, Italian, $$$
This cozy Italian-style café is a great place to enjoy breakfast or brunch. Their bruschetta, pastries, breads, cheese, meats, olives, and jams come from the neighboring delicatessen Mamma Mozza, a staple of authentic Italian gastronomy in Mulhouse. Coffee and tea are specialties at Engel’s Coffee, and the quality of the beverages here doesn’t disappoint. If the weather permits, dine outside on their terrace located in a pedestrian only street, where the spires of the Temple Saint-Étienne rise over the rooftops.
Address & telephone number: 15 Rue de la Moselle, Mulhouse, France, +33 3 89 36 80 03
Du Sel Au Sucre
Part of the Confédération Nationale des Artisans Pâtissiers de France, Du Sel Au Sucre stocks their premises with goods baked in-house daily. Stop off at this bakery and either enjoy some pastries as a light breakfast or get some to take away, eating them in one of the nearby parks or while strolling around the city. Their range of breads includes pain de campagne (French sourdough) and four types of baguette. They also serve sandwiches, pains au chocolat, bread pudding, and vegetarian pizza.
Address & telephone number: 47 Avenue du Président Kennedy, Mulhouse, France, +33 3 89 42 23 62
Cafe, Patisserie, Tea
Found at the center of downtown Mulhouse, Café Mozart is owned by Jacques, who for three generations have been the city’s master chocolatiers, confectioners, and pastry chefs. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the place to go to indulge it. Jacques’s grand cru chocolate is used in the delectable pastries and desserts here, including tarts and cakes, but there are also pies, toasted sandwiches, quiches, vol-au-vents, and salads to purchase. Café Mozart is situated on the historic Place de la Réunion, Mulhouse’s main square.
Address & telephone number: 25 Place de la Réunion, Mulhouse, France, +33 3 89 66 48 48