Renowned for its picturesque hillside vineyards and fine, delicious wines, Riquewihr is a medieval village still retaining a rustic, archaic charm. This French town has a wealth of brunch and breakfast options. These are our favorite spots.
With a charming country feel and rustic stone walls, Au Trotthus is a great spot for French and Asian fusion food. It has a ‘Daily Gourmet Special’ which is out of this world; Asian-style duck served with a spicy sauce is followed by a tasty cheese locally sourced cheese, the Muster. Open for both lunch and dinner courses, the menu changes daily according to the seasonal availability of fresh produce. Dine here if seeking the personal touch, as expert chef Philippe Aubron is always on hand to greet guests and dispense information about how to prepare dishes. There is a sushi bar on the ground floor, offering a wealth of sumptuous light bites. Additionally, the wine is fruity and affordable.
Opening at 11.45am and closing late in the evening, Crêperie La Galinette allows meals to be eaten leisurely in one of the ‘Favorite Dining Spots of 2015’, as voted by locals. There is a wide range of unusual crepe varieties here, including kidney and mustard, banana, chocolate and rum, and liver, bacon and onions. If you’re not inclined towards a crepe then choose from a selection of homemade pizzas and pies. With great food and affordable prices, this is a perfect spot for brunch after a ramble in the Riquewihr countryside. Don’t miss the dessert crepes, each of which arrive with a complimentary pot of delicious dark chocolate.
Situated in the heart of the medieval part of Riquewihr, L’Arbalétrier is a traditional restaurant set within the picturesque arches and rustic stone walls of an old cellar. Its cozy atmosphere and traditional flavors make diners feel at home. Top picks from the menu include the Schnitzel and Cordon-Bleu with a creamy mushroom sauce. The owner is locally renowned as being the friendliest and most welcoming host in town. Singing skills are put to the test on the karaoke nights sometimes held here.
With an ornately decorated interior, La Grappe d’Or is a grand dining space comprising three decadent rooms; the vault, the main dining room, and the intimate corner. Diners can choose to sit in any of these areas, with the main dining hall providing the best views of the surrounding street. Stop here for a tasty and filling brunch; the monkfish in particular is fresh and flavorful. The ‘Choucroute le grand Ecuyer’ here is huge; it is served in a large steel pot, and is delicious. Excellent homemade sorbets incorporate a range of refreshing fruits and are a top pick for a lighter snack.
This bar-restaurant is located in a charmingly historical building dating from 1515. With its colorful and vibrant facade, Le Médiéval does not go easily unnoticed, and once drawn in diners don’t often want to leave. The perfect spot for brunch, stop here to enjoy a tasty plate of sauerkraut with fish, or sample a traditional meal of Riquewihr boar meat. This is arguably the best stop for coffee in the region, and serves excellent cappucinos. There is a pretty terrace available to relax in which offers beautiful views of Riquewihr’s quaint and picturesque architecture.