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Food shopping in Luxembourg for Germans

When landing to a new country, finding food references of your culinary tradition is reassuring.

Eva, our german ambassador gives her tips to find quality products in Luxembourg. 

Luxembourg has a lot in common with Germany but when it comes to food shopping, you`ll immediately notice that you have crossed the border. 45 % of Luxembourg`s population are foreigners coming from more than 160 different countries. This diversity is not only reflected in the supply of the ordinary supermarkets and grocery stores, you can also find a lot more country-specific stores (e.g. British, Portugese, Spanish, Italian grocery shops) than you would find in a German city.

Nevertheless, most oft the superstores are French (e.g. „Auchan“, „Cora“, „Monoprix“) or Belgian (e.g.“Delhaize“). They  offer you an endless variety of delightful food. The quality of the best deli in your town can be found here in almost every supermarket around the corner – but unfortunately at the same prices !
Food is quite expensive in Luxembourg.
That`s one of the reasons why a lot of Germans drive to Perl or Trier for their weekly groceries shopping (and for the „DM-Markt“ too...) although „Lidl“ and „Aldi“ do have some branches in Luxembourg. „Cactus“, a Luxembourgish superstore, also offers some German food  labels. The main reason for me for shopping in Germany is however the lack of bread variety here `cause you mainly find french style „baguette“ everywhere.

But if you have a sweet tooth, Luxembourg will be paradise on earth for you: there are more „Chocolateries“ and „Patisseries“ than you could ever try. They offer you amazing cakes, biscuits and chocolates. Forget the „Schwarwälder Kirschtorte“ and try some of the goodies as „Montblanc“ , „Tarte Tatin“ or „Truffe cake“.  And by the way: did you know that „Macarons“ are also called „Luxemburgerli“ in Swizzerland?

If you fancy organic products and wholebread, you can chose from the organic department in the supermarkets as there are more and more organic products offered in the stores now. „Naturata“ is one of a few wholefood chains in Luxembourg, the number of such stores could be improved.

One of my highlights of the Luxembourgish food shopping is the enormous offer of fresh fish and seafood. Almost every supermarket has its own fish counter and the quality is amazing. Certainly the best fish store for me is the „Poissonnerie Centrale“ (31, rue de Strasbourg, Luxembourg-City), quite pricy but the quality is really worth it. You`re already in the neighborhood? Then you should also try  out „Thym Citron“ (50, rue de Strasbourg), a vegetable and fruit deli where you find the best quality in town.

Do not worry about the right pairing of food with liquids. You can find a broad selection of local and international wine as well as other liquor in all supermarkets. And Luxembourgish beer is not bad either. Due to the low taxes, alcohol is often even less expensive than in Germany.
Eva Walker,
german ambassador for the Just Arrived ambassador Club