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Shopping in Strasbourg

There is a wide range of shopping opportunities in Strasbourg, ranging from colourful markets to shopping malls.

Key areas

Fine fashion and retail items, leather goods, jewellery shops and gourmet caterers can be found along rue des Orfèvres and rue de la Mésange, where brands like Cartier, Gucci and Hermès all have a store. Other high-end outlets such as Kenzo and Georges Rech can be found in rue des Hallebardes and rue du Vieux-Marché-aux-Poissons. For a more traditional take on fashion, customary Alsatian dresses and robes can be bought or hired at Costume Alsacien, 11b quai de Turckheim.

For year-round Christmas fans, Un Noël en Alsace, 10 rue des Dentelles, sells Christmas decorations whatever the season whilst hat lovers should head for designer milliner Chapellerie Medernach, 24 place de la Cathédrale. All around the cathedral and neighbourhood of the Petite France, little souvenir shops sell local potteries and stuffed toys in the shape of the symbolic stalk.

Alsatian specialities at Edouard Artzner, 7 rue de la Mésange, include Strasbourg goose, duck foie gras and Alsatian wines. René Tourette's cheese shop, La Cloche à Fromage, 27 rue des Tonneliers, is well worth a visit, as is Kirn, a local delicatessen shop with patés and typical meals, all ready to go, on 19 rue du 22 novembre.

Markets

The Tourist Office provides a brochure on Strasbourg's local markets, mainly held Tuesday to Saturday 0700-1300. The seasonal Christkindelsmärik (Christmas Market) takes place from late November to 24 December in and around place Broglie and rue de la Comédie, and until 31 December at place de la Cathédrale and rue des Hallebardes. This traditional Christmas market dates back to the 16th century and serves anything from vin chaud (mulled wine) to santons (clay figurines), toys and gourmet delicacies. The more traditional and quaint Christmas markets of Colmar and Kaysersberg (75km/46miles and 80km/49 miles from Strasbourg respectively) are well worth the visit.

Shopping centres

The central Place des Halles, at 24 place des Halles is Strasbourg’s main commercial shopping centre (open Monday to Saturday 0900-2000), with more than 120 shops, as well as 10 restaurants and bars. The two main department stores – Galeries Lafayette, rue du 22 Novembre, and Printemps, 1-5 rue de la Haute Montée – are both close to place Kléber and offer a variety of goods, from retail to cosmetics and household items.

 

The FNAC on place Klébe has a wide selection of books and electronics. A couple of bookstores (Librairie du Monde and Librairie Kléber) are also in the vicinity. A little further out but equally as large is the Rivetoile with many stores and restaurants, open Mon-Fri from 1000-2000 and Sat from 0900-2000 and accessible by tram.

Opening hours

Shopping hours vary – department stores usually open Mon-Sat from 0900-1900 and boutiques are open from 1000-1200 and 1400-1800. Many smaller shops and stores also close Saturday mornings and Sunday.

Souvenirs

Many souvenirs shops dot the city centre, especially around the cathedral and Petite France. Souvenir shops will usually sell traditional potteries and memorabilia with the emblematic stalk and cathedral. The Alsace region is also renowned for its wine wines, such as Riesling (dry), Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer (sweet).

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Hôtel Maison Rouge

Well suited for small business meetings and located close to the pedestrianised area around place Kléber, this stylish hotel, with its high-ceilinged breakfast room, is full of character. Its rooms and suites are individually decorated, and the dining room and hall display beautiful pieces of furniture and ceramics.

Hôtel Monopole Métropole

Not far from the station, this 19th-century three-star hotel is in a quiet street close to the old quarter. Its elegant rooms feature mainly contemporary furnishings, with a few pleasing traditional touches added. This mix of modern and traditional extends to the dining room, with its soaring wooden ceiling and medieval-style alcoves.

Hôtel Hannong

The Horn brothers, renowned modern art collectors, founded this stylish hotel in the 1920s on the site of an 18th-century Hannong china factory. Its understated rooms have contemporary décor with the odd splash of colour amid the neutral palettes. Have a drink in the classy Black & Wine bar and its intimate garden.

Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa

This chic hotel a former ice factory consists of three 17th-century buildings overlooking the Ill River in Petite France. Behind a traditional façade the hotel's interior is decorated in sleek contemporary designs and original paintings. Facilities include a gastronomic restaurant a champagne bar and a spa with an outdoor hot tub.

Strasbourg Hilton

A short drive from the city centre, this large modern hotel is near the EU institutions and opposite the Congress Centre. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the stylish rooms offer views of the cathedral or the European Parliament. Guests can make use of the sauna and gym as well as extensive business facilities.

Hôtel des Princes

This smart three-star hotel is in a handy location between the European institutions and Parc de l'Orangerie. Its 43 rooms are spacious and feature sleek modern bathrooms and contemporary décor in calming neutral tones. On dry days, you can have your breakfast or a coffee in the attractive courtyard garden.