This is a street full of high end shops and boutiques which is an absolute pleasure to stroll through. Like me, you may not be able to afford anything you see, but there's no harm in looking, is there?
The area is also well known for its Marche de Noel or Christmas Markets and is situated not far from the Cathedral precinct.
What to buy: Anything you may have your heart set on will probably be available here.
What to pay: A little or a lot.
This is a little street which runs between the Cathedral and the River Ill. You can souvenir shop here to your heart's content. Here too are a number of restaurants including my favourite Le Gruber (the cheese and sausage salad is to die for! See separate tip.)
What to buy: Everything you can think of is available from baby clothes to sun hats to local craft, coffee mugs and of course the inevitable "stork" emblazoned goods.
What to pay: Cheap or expensive, it depends what you want to spend for what you want.
Coming to Alsace (name of the region where Strasbourg is situated) and not drinking beer would be an offense to the local culture ... Unfortunately, the only beer we found out at 1 in the morning was not that different from the one we can buy anywhere in Paris...
This Souvenir shop was just around the corner from Place Kleber. What struck me first, was the outside of this building, one I loved straight away. Next, I looked in the shop window and saw a lovely display for Easter. As it was early, the shop was just opening its doors and setting up, so I decided to call back later, plus I didn't wan't to lug souvenirs around with me all day. I came back, and this time could go into the shop. Choice is huge and they did have different to other shops. I bought several items from here to take home.
Open 7days from 9 - 7pm
Across the road from L. Bollinger, was this shop. Another beautiful window display greeted me, and is it was open, I went inside. Mmm, the smell, the variety of Biscuits and of everything sweet on display. Prices I thought weren't cheap, but then the quality looked excellent, and biscuits were freshly baked. What was different, were decorated tins were for sale. At home, these are full of biscuits, but here, you bought a tin, and then filled it yourself with your selection.
I couldn't resist, I wonder if you can if you visit this wonderful shop!
This store has all the local food you want. Some is vacuum-packed and okay for transporting without refrigerator.
Interesting experience: It's a big store with many counters for the various categories. You order at one counter, it is then carried for you to the checkout counter, where you pay a second person, a third persons wraps it and a fourth person bags it. Very labour-intensive and very personal service!
What to buy: Choucroute
One of my goals when traveling is to sample as many beers as practical but when you driving you are limited in the number of beers you can try. This is where Le Village de la Biere comes in. They have a nice selection of beers to include several shelves of beers from the Alsace region. The person behind the counter was very friendly and was very willing to show me the various beers.
What to buy: When in France, buy French beers. They may not be as good as the German or Belgium beers but you have to give them a try.
What to pay: The beers cost more then what I'm used to paying for German beers but then I was in a specialty shop.
What a selection of souvenir shops in Strasbourg, especially around the streets near the Strasbourg Cathedral and on Cathedral square. Side by side the shops stood, each with their wares on display outside.
Choice was enormous!
For Doll collector's, there was a huge choice from traditional made out of porcelain, and the soft dolls which are ideal for children. I thought the fridge magnets were quaint, as for 3.50 euros, you could buy one in the design of one of the fatchwerk houses. Soft toy Storks were also in big supply!
Beware of the Gingerbread though, it isn't for eating, it's for display only!
This is not the only place for souvenirs, they are spread all over Strasbourg. Being near the Cathedral, they may be slightly more expensive, I can't say for sure though.
Well...I love tea so I just went crazy in this shop...we did actually cause we ended up buying three kinds of tea and believe me...it was so so difficult to choose between the hundreds of flavours...
What to buy: We bough " The des Alizees", " Wu Long" and another kind of red tea (rooibos) made especially to celebrate Christmas. After two months we bought from the same shop in Brussels this time, "Ginseng flavoured tea" and "Green tea with mint".
What to pay: Anywhere from 4 to 9 Euro on a bag of tea.
ULTRA ORANGE IS A CONCEPT SHOP WHICH PROPOSE A WIDE RANGE OF YOUNG DESIGNER FROM FRANCE AND SPAIN. IN A VERY 70'S DESIGN SHOP YOU WILL FIND A SELECTION OF THE BEST COLOURS AND INOVATIVE CUTS FOR EACH SEASON.
SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER THEY HAVE OPEN A NEW SHOP CALLED ULTRA FUNK LOCATED AT 100 METERS FROM THE FAMOUS CATHEDRALE OF STRASBOURG AND AT 100 METERS FROM ULTRA ORANGE IN THESE TWO CONCEPT STORES, 2 AMBIANCES, NICE CLOTHES AND FUNNY TEE SHIRTS, AND A GOOD SELECTION OF SMALL DESIGN ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR FLAT AND GREAT IDEAS FOR PRESENTS.
NOTE THAT THE STAFF IS VERY ENJOY AND COMPLETELY AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU
THE MUSIC SELECTION OF THE SHOP IS ALSO VERY GOOD
THERE IS NO DOUBT YOU MUST CHECK IT IS THE 2 STORES YOU HAVE TO VISIT IN STRASBOURG
INDEPENDANT STORES FULL OF IMAGINATION "A LA FRANCAISE"
OPENING HOURS :
MONDAY 15pm - 19pm
TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 10am - 19pm NON STOP
What to buy: TEE SHIRT
What to pay: 50€ TO 100 €
Non-EU citizens can shop without the 12,6% sales tax at Galeries Lafayette. The minimum amount you must spend in one store is a total of 175 euros. You pay the price in full, but are issued a form that you will have to present when you leave the EU, for example at Frankfurt airport, to have the sales tax paid back to you in cash. There is a administration fee. I had 4 euros deducted from my 21 euros sales tax, so I saved 17 euros, so make sure that it's actually worth the savings.
What to buy: I bought cosmetics, which in the end turned out to be slightly cheaper at the airport in Frankfurt, even with the sales tax deducted from my French items. Bugger!
There are only two big supermarkets in Strasbourg's city centre, which means they are packed at most times of the day. They are Monoprix and Simply (a branch of Auchan). Simply is on Rue des Grandes Arcades, halfway between Place Gutenberg and Place Kleber. You will find the slightly better Monoprix supermarket on Place Kleber itself, in a basement underneath the department store.
The Alsace is a major wine growing region. Due to its geography and history it's unusual in France in being a producer of German varieties, like Riesling. It's one of the most important German wine regions in the world, equal to the biggest producers in Germany and Austria. The wine growers produce white wine, like the Riesling, almost exclusively, but there are a few reds, especially the Pinot Noir. But these red wines are light - often so light they are basically a rose.
What to buy: The region is famous for its dry Rieslings.
This beautiful department store is probably not a place to shop for low budget travelers, but it is so beautiful and so French.
Nothing to do with Galeries Lafayette in Paris but good for this town.Apart from that there are 3 big Shopping Centers in Strasbourg:Les Halles,Rivetoile and Auchan.
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