Our colleagues from RTL 5minutes have been busy checking out what Luxembourg City's terraces have to offer during summer (how did they wangle that gig?!). Without further ado, here are their top five picks.

L'Osteria con Cucina

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Situated in the old town of Luxembourg City, the new restaurant of chef Leonardo De Paoli offers modern and refined Italian dishes. Focus is put on fresh and seasonal ingredients, home-made pasta, and respect for the environment.

The decor is also of great importance to chef De Paoli, who managed to integrate a real Italian flair into the restaurant. The wooden tables are decorated with flower and candle arrangements and the terrace offers a view of the Alzette river.

"The art of the Italian way of life is reflected in every detail: wines, food, and decor." Thanks to this philosophy, l'Osteria was awarded the title of 'Mediterranean restaurant of the year 2022' by the gastronomic guide Gault et Millau.

The only down-side to be aware of: due to the proximity of the Alzette, the likelihood of insects being attracted by the food is elevated.

La Brasserie Kirchberg 

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This restaurant is situated in walking distance from the European and banking institutions in Kirchberg, and has a calm and familial atmosphere. The menu offers a variety of dishes, including Luxembourgish specialities, all in refined manner.

The strongest asset of the establishment: a hidden green terrace at the backside of the building, which evokes the image of a forest glade.

Down-side to be aware of: the restaurant is a little isolated.

L'Annexe

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Athough this restaurant is situated in the heart of Luxembourg City, a stone's throw away from the Cité Judiciaire, it may not be the most famous address.

According to its website, L'Annexe offers a "refined French cuisine, influenced by Mediterranean flavours." The terrace is a calm retreat that offers a stunning view of Luxembourg's Grund district.

Down-side to be aware of: the restaurant is closed between 2 and 7pm, which means that you can only have breakfast or dinner.

Le Vinoteca 

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The restaurant of owner Rodolphe Chevalier, who was named Luxembourg's best sommelier on two occasions, not only offers a wide selection of wines, but also serves tasting plates and barbecue.

The terrace is located at the backside of the establishment and completely hidden from the public eye. The decor may be simple, but the terrace still offers a stunning view of the Pfaffenthal quarter.

Down-side to be aware of: during summer, the terrace is sometimes a victim of its own success, as it can be difficult to find an empty table.

Le Marché-aux-Herbes

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The terraces located on this busy street are often the first meet-up spot for people going to Luxembourg City and therefore tend to be crowded. Whether it be for an after-work event, or simply to catch up with old friends, the Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes is the number one address for drinks.

Down-side to be aware of: the culinary offer is not extensive, and the sun does not reach the street all day long.

For five more picks of Luxembourg's finest terraces, check out this article.