This European economic capital is also very cultural, with its long list of Alsatian traditions and its Grande Île listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Here, artisans, young designers and luxury names live side by side, making it easy to give in to temptation. Fulfil these three shopping desires...
A flair for fashion
Rendez-vous at Place Kléber to explore the latest trends. Luxury designers like Armani, Escada, Gucci and Sonia Rykiel have set up shop on Rue de la Mésange, and a selection of mass-market retailers on nearby Rue des Grandes Arcades. Be charmed by l'Aubette, the neo-classical shopping centre downtown, and make sure to visit the fashionable designers' corners at Galeries Lafayette (34 Rue du 22 novembre).
Tempted by one-of-a-kind items
In the Petite France neighbourhood, Sophie Peirani (61 Rue du Fossé des tanneurs) creates hats for all heads and occasions. Explore a world of decorative arts with Kathi and Bertrand Llorca (32 Rue du Bain aux Plantes), who produce beautiful glazed ceramics and earthenware. Head cross-river to Galerie l'Estampe (31 Quai des Bateliers) to select your painting or engraving of the city, then stop at Mémé en Autriche (11 Rue des Bouchers) to admire her very retro selection. Finally, Maison Bossert (15 Rue des Bouchers) is brimming with regional basketwork, lace and paper goods.
Dreaming of Alsatian surprises
For original creations, visit local stylist, Cléone, who welcomes you in her cosy boudoir (22 Rue des Hallebardes). A traditional potter awaits you at his workshop, Poterie d'Alsace (3 Rue des Frères), only a few doors down, while Fou du Roi (4 Rue du Faisan) displays design objects and furniture in an inspired loft-gallery. Make sure to top off your afternoon in Alsace with a mini Kougelhof from Chez Christian (10 Rue Mercière, 12 rue de l’Outre).