Welcome to my hometown: Strasbourg! A true gem located in the Alsatian plain, between the French Vosges Mountains and the German Black Forest Mountains, in North East France. I love this city because first, I was born there. But most of all because it has a strong and dual history thanks to its French and German roots. Even if it’s now a European capital, visited by 19 million people in 2016, it remains pleasant and quiet.
Here is my 24 hours perfect journey in this city, with insider tips!
8 a.m Start your day as a genuine Strasbourgeois
I know it’s early but you have to know that in Alsace, people are starting the day earlier than most French people do (influenced by German culture for sure). Enjoy your breakfast with a traditional cake from Strasbourg that you can find in almost every bakery: The Kougelhopf. This raisins and almonds pastry matches perfectly with coffee, tea or fresh orange juice.
9 a.m Morning tour in downtown
Start at Place Kléber and enjoy a little walk around the typical streets. Don’t forget to take a look at the architecture of the one-hundred-year old Galeries Lafayette building and the newly rebuilt Printemps.
11 a.m Time to have an Alsatian Apéritif!
That is to say a fresh pretzel with a local beer or a Picon Bière (beer with bitter liquor). Stop in a Winstub (traditional breweries from Alsace), I would recommend Aux Armes for its magical view of the cathedral and its terrace.
Then, discover the cathedral, the symbol of Strasbourg. You would be amazed by the moving clock and the high ceilings.
12.30 p.m You deserve a lunch break!
Stop at Maison Kammerzell (right next to the cathedral) and order the specialty: a delicious Choucroute. This cozy and friendly meal is made of sauerkraut and different kind of meats.
2 p.m Discover old Strasbourg
Walk in the Petite France district, the most authentic one of Strasbourg. It is a small pedestrian area full of traditional houses and crossed by the river. You would be amazed by the colorful timbered narrow buildings and all the flowers on the windows.
4 p.m It’s time for a (sweet) break!
Stop at the Fortwenger shop and enjoy traditional ginger bread. This is the oldest Alsatian ginger bread company, established in a small town in 1768. We are used to eating them at Christmas time . Then, enjoy late afternoon alongside the river.
7 p.m Last but not least
Taste the famous Tarte Flambée. This flat pizza with cream, onion and bacon is cooked in a wood oven, that gives its amazing taste. My favorite one is the sweet version with apple and cinnamon. You should definitely have a try!
Marie was born in the East of France, in Strasbourg precisely, but she used to live in a lot of gourmet cities across France : the Mustard capital Dijon, Toulouse, the cradle of Foie-gras , and finally Paris. Now that she has moved to San Francisco, she wants to share her knowledge and passion about the French Cuisine.