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A Guide to Eating and Drinking in Luxembourg City

A Budget Travel Staple!

Eating and drinking is undoubtedly one of Luxembourg's strong points: local cooking combines the hearty, sizeable portions of Germany with a touch of French elegance to great effect.

The national dish is called 'judd mat gaardebounen', which is large amounts of smoked pork in a creamy sauce served with potato and broad beans. Indeed, varieties of pig are what Luxembourg does best, with jellied suckling pig and smoked Ardennes ham also omnipresent.

Luxembourg is a great place for wine-lovers; Elbling and Rivaner are two of the most popular varieties, while pricier drops include Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. If it's good local beer you're after, meanwhile, try Gamorinus or Grand Cru.

Eating out in the city can be an expensive business, although those watching on a budget do have a few options. Good local fare can be enjoyed around Grande Rue or Place de la Gare, where traditional cooking won't break the bank.

And when evening draws in, the Old Town is a fine place to head for a quiet drink or two. Various bars and cafes scattered through the picturesque streets (such as Montee du Grund and Rue du Nord) serve wine and beer in a laid-back atmosphere.

As far as clubbing goes, Luxembourg City is on the quiet side compared with many European capitals. However, there are still a handful of late night bars and clubs around Hollerich that cater to the more energetic local crowds.

But Luxembourg City isn't about long nights dancing to techno; rather, it's a fantastic place to sample the country's intriguing, unique - and often so overlooked - culture and cuisine.

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