You know you can't go wrong when dining in France and the Alsace region is all about food and wine. Some tourists visit the region only to get a taste of the famous Alsatian cuisine which is the best of both German and French traditional cuisine, and of course, the Alsace wine.
Also known for its Kronenbourg beer, the sauerkraut or choucroute in French, Alsace Flammekueche, a traditional dish similar to pizza topped with cheese, cream, mushrooms and ham, and the Alsatian gingerbread, your options for brunch in the Alsace region are many.
Colmar is one of the main tourist attractions in the Haut-Rhin, famous for being the best preserved historic city centre in the Alsace region with its half-timbered houses. And this cute whimsical town is packed with cozy cafes, restaurants and bars that serve all kinds of specialties made with local and fresh ingredients.
But before you wander off to Little Venice and look for the perfect brunch spot in Colmar, make sure to store your large bags and wonderful shopping purchases at a convenient luggage locker in Colmar.
Citron et Basilic
Located in the Covered Market in the Little Venice area of Colmar, the Citron et Basilic is one of the best places in Colmar to get yourself a great quiche or Tarte flambee for a good price. The menu changes regularly as they use fresh seasonal ingredients, but you can almost always get the spinach and goat cheese quiche.
The mains come with a crisp fresh side salad and dessert, and the flourless chocolate is highly recommended. If you are in the mood for a lighter meal, salads like chicken or feta and olives come in full sizes. The menu is vegetarian-friendly and has a good selection of infused teas and coffees that round out the meal.
Open for Brunch: Tuesday to Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Friday 8 am - 7 pm, Saturday 8 am - 5 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Location: 13 Rue des Ecoles - Marche Couvert, Colmar , France
Jadis et Gourmande
This Tea Room has more to offer than just tea-time. The inside has a warm and cozy atmosphere in the wintertime and during the sunny months, the terrace is a great place to relax. Thin crust pizza that is light and crispy blueberry pies with fresh berries are just a couple of highlights of the menu.
Where are you staying in Colmar? If it's Vieux Colmar, you are in luck. This cozy place is situated in a nice area of the Old Town of Colmar and features rustic interior decor that fits perfectly with the town's vibe. The Alsace region is famous for the Tarte Flambee and Jadis et Gourmande make one of the best. The servers are friendly and will help you translate the menu into English.
Open for Brunch: Monday 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday 8 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9 am - 6 pm, Sunday Closed
Location: 8 Place du Marche aux Fruits, Colmar, France
Whether you are looking for great breakfast food or brunch in Colmar, you will find both here. You can order from the menu or pick one of their set brunch menus. And the choices are nicely varied with vegetarian, classic, savory, fish, sweet, Alsatian, and even kid's dishes. All the brunches come with yogurt, fresh-pressed orange juice, bread, jams and butter and are very well priced for the amount of food you get.
This is one of those restaurants that care about their customers as the service is very friendly. In fact, there is a waitress that prefers smiles over a money tip. Besides the nice seating area inside the cute cafe, you can sit and eat at the tables on the street and enjoy some people watching. Do have the kids with you for a day of family fun? Bring them here to eat after an activity. There is a kid's play corner, and it is dog friendly too.
Open for Brunch: Tuesday to Sunday 8 am - 8.30 pm, Closed Monday
Location: 18 Grand Rue, Colmar, France
Boulangerie Patisserie l'Artisane
Primarily a bakery, this patisserie also serves up an excellent breakfast and lunch. You can not go wrong ordering something to eat from their pastry selection like pain au chocolate, croissants, or homemade bread. But if you need something more hardy, they have a variety of dishes like fresh sandwiches, sausage, and eggs.
The reviews agree that the bakery is the star of the show and it is their cookies that get the most attention. The cookies that people can't seem to get enough of are the Italian-style deli cookies. Locals and tourists travel hours to visit Colmar and get these tasty cookies.
This is a quaint and cozy place, so if you are going for lunch or dinner, it might be a little crowded. It’s a great idea to make a reservation or order the food to go and have a picnic in one of the parks.
Open for Brunch: Monday to Saturday 7 am - 12.30 pm, Sunday 7 am - 12 pm
Location: 8 Rue des Tanneurs, Colmar, France
If you are looking to dine in style, this Michelin-starred restaurant will do just fine. Located right next to the La Lauch River in the heart of Little Venice, you are not only getting an excellent view but also mouth-watering dishes that will keep you full for hours. Chef Benoit David makes sure every customer gets the best flavor of the Alsace region with a twist.
The menu is all in French, but the servers will be happy to translate it for you into English. It is possible to customize some of the recipes to suit vegan and vegetarian needs. Here you can order tapas for brunch like tempura squid, lime sardines, lamb kofta, hummus and vegetable ceviche.
Fancy dishes of fish, minestrone style, tomatoes, broad beans and basil, beef tartare and garnishes and potato wafers are served every day. Leave some space for tempting desserts like apple tart, caramel ice cream, lots of cakes and tasty cookies. All of this comes with a price of course, so expect to pay an average of $50 for a starter, main course and dessert.
Brunch hours: Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday 12 pm - 2 pm; Closed on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Location: 17 Rue de la Poissonnerie, 68000 Colmar
La Cocotte de Grand-Mère
Walking around the heart of Colmar, you will come across this comfortable looking diner that operates as a French bistro for lunchtime but attracts locals and tourists for dinner too. Opened in 2016, this nice place for lunch in Colmar is packed all week long, and because of that, they close on the weekends. Needless to say, booking is essential.
Expect to pay about $20 for a three-course menu made with fresh, seasonal products. You get to try specialties from traditional cuisine with exquisite flavors from casseroles, fries, and houmous, to veal with mushrooms and roast duck legs, all cooked to perfection. The ambiance is lovely and family-orientated, providing every customer with the best dining experience.
Brunch hours: Monday - Friday 12 pm - 2 pm
Location: 14 Place de l Ecole, 68000, Colmar, France
Au Croissant Dore
If you are looking for a relaxing breakfast spot in Colmar, try this beautiful French cafe near Bartholdi Museum, just 0.2 miles from Little Venice. Take a seat inside while you wait for your order served by the nicest old lady who owns the cafe. The interior is done in French retro style, providing a welcoming and warm ambiance. Or enjoy your cappuccino and croissants while reading the newspaper, and watch the people go by while seating outside.
The breakfast menu is rich and you can find delicious recipes starting with muffins, croissants, homemade cakes, macarons, eclairs, cookies, apple pie, Tarte Flambee (Alsatian bacon & onion tart), different types of tarts, teas, coffee, hot chocolate and juices. One Tarte Flambee goes for a little less than $5. This tea room, restaurant and creperie is one of the best places to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch.
Brunch hours: Monday-Sunday 12 pm - 2.30 pm; Closed on Sunday
Location: 28 rue des Marchands, 68000, Colmar France
When you first walk into Sezanne you might think it is just another deli but head upstairs and you will find a warm and inviting dining area. An incredibly friendly service staff that is also very knowledgable and will help you pair the perfect wine with your food. The menu is not very extensive, but it is that simplicity that makes the food so good.
Fresh-made pasta with a variety of delicious sauces, and amazing omelettes made with the freshest seasonal ingredients are highlights of their brunch menu. If you are vegetarian or vegan, check with the chef as they can customize the meals for you. And as it is a deli restaurant you need to complement your main dish with either a cheese or sliced meat board or both. The coffee and teas, which are just as excellent as the food, will round out the meal perfectly.
Open for Brunch: Tuesday to Saturday 9 am - 7 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Location: 30 Grand Rue, Colmar, France
Breakfast in Colmar, France
Making your way from one restaurant to another is a breeze if you know how to get around the city. Finding good spots for brunch in Colmar is very easy too. The town itself is small and compact and there are restaurants and French style cafes on every corner. Most restaurants will serve brunch and some are open only from 12 pm - 2 pm. Make sure to check the hours on their website before heading there. Whichever brunch spot you pick, rest assured you'll be taken care of, not only with delicious food but a nice atmosphere and great service too.