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Strasbourg, the gold neighborhood

Visiting Strasbourg usually involves a visit of its cathedral and La Petite France, but once you’ve seen these, you’ll love visiting its “Golden Square” – le Carré d’Or.  Le Carré d’Or is the historic heart of Strasbourg, with its ancient roots – the first University of Strasbourg was located there, in what is now the Gymnase Jean Sturm.

At the foot of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, this neighbourhood feels like a real village within the city. The area includes Rue des Orfèvres, Rue du Chaudron, Rue du Sanglier, Rue du Temple Neuf, the Place du Marché and the Place du Temple Neuf.

Today, it’s a paradise for foodies and gourmets. 

You’ll love exploring winstubs, traditional wine lounges, and modern Alsace restaurants. Three are definitely worth a visit: Le Clou, le Saint Sépulcre and Chez Yvonne…

Alsace – the best

The latter has hosted various stars as they’ve passed through the European capital. I have a real soft spot for Le Saint Sépulcre with its jambon en croute (ham baked in a pastry case) and delicious wines.

If you’re looking for souvenirs to bring home, you’ll find several shops dedicated to Alsace wine and foie gras. Don’t forget that foie gras was invented in Strasbourg.

You will love shopping here during your holidays: buying bread “Chez Westermann” is a true French delight – and the range of bread is far wider than in any Parisian bakery. Bread, wine, water… Follow my example and enjoy all of these with some cheese from the shop next door, run by Cyril Lohro.

Then head off for a picnic,  by the cathedral, on the banks of the Ill or in one of the city parks!

3 expert tips

1)  Take advantage of your stay this summer by enjoying the musical events on Saturdays in le Carré d’Or. Shopkeepers invite music groups to perform there, to add atmosphere.

2)  Don’t forget to stop by Pâtisserie Naegel, at 16 de la rue des Orfèvres. Even the shop front is tempting! As soon as you step inside, you’ll be powerless to resist.

3)  If the city is great to visit in the summer, it’s fantastic in winter when it’s lit up by unusually detailed illuminations, throughout December. Strasbourg truly becomes “the Christmas capital”.

Start getting ready for your visit now. Strasbourg is also a popular destination in winter: http://noel.strasbourg.eu/

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