Eating and drinking in Luxembourg: a delight for the senses
A French-inspired lunch amid the sun-strewn vineyards of the Moselle valley. An unforgettable dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the countryside. A gourmet vegetarian meal in a medieval castle, made with ingredients collected by a master forager. Visitors who get to enjoy such experiences may wonder: how does Luxembourg do it?
It starts with Luxembourg’s love of high-quality, locally grown food. Half of all the land in the country is still used for agriculture, and local products are among the most cherished by foodies. These include meat, eggs, and dairy products, all of which proudly carry the names of Luxembourgish producers. The country also has a fondness for organic food, and it ranks in the top five worldwide in terms of organic food consumption per capita.
Of course, nothing compliments a succulent cut of Luxembourgish beef or a side of perfectly grilled local vegetables like a glass of wine. Luckily for visitors, wine production is one of the country’s crowning achievements. You can enjoy a variety of award-winning white wines and pinot noir, as well as the bubbly Crémant de Luxembourg, which is made using the same time-honoured process as French champagne.
It’s not just wine that satisfies the tongue of many a thirsty Luxembourger. The country also has a love of beer which is reflected in its several national breweries as well as dozens of craft breweries. This is not to forget elegant Luxembourgish schnapps, often served to punctuate a fine meal, made from regional fruit such as mirabelle plums and quetsch.
How do these products come together? It's been said that Luxembourg offers French quality with German quantity, but the truth is that with a foreign-born population that accounts for half the country, Luxembourg is a mixing pot and draws on many influences. Apart from its own specialties such as Judd mat Gaardebounen (smoked pork collar with broad beans), it draws heavily on France, Germany, and Belgium, the three countries it’s tucked between, as well as its sizable Portuguese and Italian communities.
The result is a medley of cuisines and offerings – classic and nouvelle, fusion and street – that will delight your senses and give you an experience to remember. Luxembourg City has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other city in the world, but it's not just that. The secret lies in the country’s love of quality food and drinks, both simple and refined, prepared and served by some of the best chefs and eateries in the region.
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