Entering the town of Colmar is like opening a book of a fairy tales.The intensely colorful half-timbered houses line the cobblestone streets while the well-tended flower boxes filled with gaily-colored flowers give the final touch of perfection. It’s alive with architecture, art and history that dates back to the time it was first written in a book in the 9th century. At the main square, it has a stately 14th-century Dominican church that was reconstructed centuries later in Baroque architecture.
Colmar is close to the Vosges Mountains and connected to the Rhine with a canal that runs through the city. With this optimum location, it is located along the Alsatian Wine Route and is considered the capital of the Alsatian wine region.
For any traveler who loves sights, history, wine and food, this is one of the best places in France to head to.
I fall into that category and during my trip to Colmar, I tried to get the best of what the city had to offer in my limited time. That meant lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s known for its superb cuisine and a good wine menu of Alsatian wines plus a walking tour around the city.
Menu Déjeuner (2 courses at €27 / 3 courses at €33)
Lunch started with some excellent amuse bouche and a glass of Comte de Grimm Cremant d’Alsace. For the lunch menu, I chose the 5-course Menu Petit Galerie along with a bottle of Domaine Agapé Alsace Gran Cru Rosacker Riesling. Needless to say, it had been a really amazing lunch with superb professional service.
Chef Loic Lefebvre’s repertoire is contemporary with hints of traditional Alsatian cooking.
His artistic side puts up his dishes to masterpieces of beautiful combination of French aromas and flavors. His choice of ingredients is based on seasonality and the local production of organic farmers.
L’Atelier du Peintre
68000 Colmar, France
Tel: +33 (0)3 89 29 51 57