A guide to the Christmas markets in Strasbourg, France
(Clockwise from top left) Kugelhopf, pretzels, beignets and choucroute by Penne Cole
Nothing says Christmas like the Christmas markets in Europe, and for me, it’s all about the food at the Christmas markets. From the hearty choucroute to snacks like pretzels, beignets filled with chocolat or strawberry jam, to baby bundt cakes (kugelhopf), to an endless array of Christmas cookies, the food here is amazing.
I went to Strasbourg last weekend specifically for the the food at the Christmas markets (and also a bit of Christmas shopping in between meals just to give my stomach a break). Every year since 1570, Strasbourg, self-billed as the Christmas capital of France, welcomes thousands of visitors to its Christmas markets. This year, there were 12 within walking distance of each other in the city.
My favourite was the Christkindelsmarik at Place Broglie, the largest in Strasbourg. It had a large variety of trinkets and baubles that would make excellent stocking stuffers.
Goodies at the Christmas Market by Penne Cole
Hotels in Strasbourg get booked out at this time of year, so be prepared to stay outside the city. I chose a bed and breakfast in Wingersheim, about 30 minutes’ drive from the city. Catherine was a very gracious host, who stayed up past midnight chatting with us over a plate of Christmas cookies, and even served us some home-made Kugelhopf for breakfast!
And for an extra special treat, we woke up to the first snow of the season in the morning.
First snow of the season in Strasbourg by Penne Cole