Everything You Need To Know About Shopping In Strasbourg
Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace region located west of the Rhine River on the French-German border. The city is known for many things, the most famous being the seat of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.
But besides being a major business center, Strasbourg is a place for classy shoppers. The city is packed with busy trendy streets, large malls, fashion boutiques, and bustling markets providing the ultimate shopping experience for everyone visiting Strasbourg.
Are you looking to save some time and money on your shopping journey? We've compiled this guide to the best places to shop in Strasbourg! No doubt, once you visit these shops you'll make plenty of purchases. Don't dismay if your hands get full – drop your purchases at a Strasbourg luggage locker and arrange to pick them up later. You'll be glad you did!
Popular Shopping Malls
Place des Halles
One of the most visited shopping areas in Strasbourg is Place des Halles, located near Place Kléber and Strasbourg central train station. Every year around 14 million people visit this terrific commercial shopping center. Built in 1979 on the ruins of the old synagogue in Strasbourg, the mall is an attraction on its own.
There are many bars and restaurants, as well as over 120 stores of leading international brands such as Mango, Clazedonia, C&A, New Look, Stratus, Kiko, Sephora, Zara, Yves Rocher and more. The two main department stores in Strasbourg Galerie Lafayette and Printemps are located not far from Place Kleber offering a variety of goods. You will find plenty of resting areas as well as kids' playgrounds, making the mall ideal for family shopping.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm
Get ready for fun Strasbourg shopping. Located on Place Kléber in the city center of Strasbourg near Homme de Fer tram stop, you will find the best spot for shopping for books, games, movies, electronics, home & design, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and a lot more! The mall covers a retail area of 37,670 square feet and the shops are spread across three floors with escalators.
The shopping center is always busy, so be prepared to wait in long lines for the checkouts. If you are lucky, you may be on time for one of the wide selection of events the Fnac Spectacles organizes.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 9am-7pm
Rivetoile shopping center is a building complex located near the Place de l'Étoile in the Bas-Rhin (Lower Rhine) region. The area has gone through redevelopment and today it is an urban environment that the city of Strasbourg hopes to make the new heart of the city. Popular buildings nearby are the André-Malraux media library, the former Seegmuller armament, and the City of Music and Dance.
Rivetoile shopping center is built on the site of former harbor areas. Opened in 2008, the mall features over 85 shops and restaurants, with exclusive brands and well as the favorite Zara, Desigual, Mango, Gap, Bershka, Guess, H&M, Okaidi, Parfois and Pull and Bear among others. Avoid visiting Rivetoile over the weekend as it gets pretty busy, especially in the restaurants with outdoor terraces by the water.
Hours: Monday-Staurday 10am-8pm
If you are looking for the most touristy shopping area, then head to the city center on Place de la Cathedrale and to the little shops surrounding the cathedral. You will find tons of souvenirs, from post cards, wallets, key chains, fine jewelry, and fine gifts to other interesting items such as local pottery and stuffed toys in the shape of Strasbourg's symbol, a white stork.
At 1/3 miles long, Grand'Rue is one of the main thoroughfares in the heart of the city and one of Strasbourg's busiest shopping streets. The cobblestone street is pedestrian-friendly, and makes for a pleasant walk with friends or family, especially on a sunny day.
Home to plenty of shops and famous brands like Max Mara and The North Face, along with fashion boutiques, cheese shops, chocolate shops, tea stores, pastry shops to grab food for a Strasbourg brunch, and restaurants offering Mexican and Chinese food, Spanish tapas and more, Grand'Rue offers the ultimate shopping experience in Strasbourg.
When you are done strolling Grand Rue, make your way to the alleys leading off this thoroughfare, as there are tons of small shops for you to explore.
Rue des Orfèvres
Rue des Orfèvres is a small popular shopping street off Place de la Cathedrale packed with some of the nicest shops in Strasbourg. Due to the location, Rue des Orfèvres is always busy, especially during spring and summer. If you are looking for gourmet caterers, pastry shops, jewelry stores, fine leather goods, household gadgets and more, head down to Rue des Orfèvres for the finest shopping in Strasbourg.
Names you will come across include Pylones, Marrionaud, Furla, Isore, Le Tanneur, Carpe Diem, Eric Bompard, and Jeff de Bruges among others. It's safe to say that Rue des Orfèvres is one of the local's favorite streets for shopping and dining. Find a classy boutique and shop till you drop!
Located just a 4-minutes walk from Strasbourg Cathedral is OKO Outlet store selling clothing, fashion items and accessories from popular designer brands at discount prices. Besides interesting pieces of clothing, you will find great deals on perfumes, cosmetics, wallets, handbags, scarves, belts, hats, gloves, and a lot more!
Hours: Monday&Sunday closed; Tuesday 9am-12pm & 1pm-7pm; Wednesday&Thursday 10.30am-12pm & 2pm-7pm; Friday&Saturday 11am-7pm
Roppenheim The Style Outlets
If you are looking for a factory outlet in Strasbourg, you will find one in Roppenheim, a 30 minutes drive northeast of Strasbourg. This outlet village is huge and offers over 100 famous brands with a minimum of 30% off past season items. Expect to find your favorite brands like Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Converse, Fossil, Guess, Timberland, Levi's, Puma, Boss, and many more reputable brands for excellent prices.
There are tons of restaurants in the area selling a variety of international food. Getting there is very easy too. There is a free shuttle from Strasbourg that runs every day, all you need to do is make a reservation. The Style Outlets are excellent for a day trip with family and friends. There are many things to do in the area that you will probably need half a day to see it all.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
Strasbourg has two department stores: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Conveniently located between Place Kléber and Grand'Rue, Galeries Lafayette is the more popular department store and is always packed with locals and tourists looking for the latest fashion trends. With over 400 brands spread across 140k sq feet, it is one of the biggest upscale department store chains in France.
The French luxury fashion retailer carries designer names like Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Burberry, Michael Kors, Furla, and many more. You can find anything in this department store, from jewelry, gifts, leather goods, and lingerie to cosmetics, household goods and shoes. When the high prices wear you out, check the restaurant on the top floor and enjoy a nice lunch with a view of the old town.
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am -8pm
Located on Rue du Temple Neuf (one of the most popular shopping areas in Strasbourg), you will find Marie Rose, a chic boutique selling designs by famous international brands, such as Lanvin, Stuart Weitzman, Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ann Demeulemeester, Sylvie Schimmel, Yves Solomon and other up-and-coming designers.
If you feel a bit lost, check with the attentive shop assistants who are known to give great advice on how to combine the pieces to build a classy and unique look. Besides high quality fashion clothing, this perfect boutique offers designer accessories such as bags and shoes that will match your outfit perfectly. This place is undoubtedly one of the best for designer clothing in Strasbourg, offering you a different shopping experience than the crowded malls.
Hours: Monday 1pm-7pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-7pm
Located right next to Notre Dame Cathedral, is one of the most popular jewelry shops in Strasbourg, the Carpe Diem. Opened in 1985 by couple Chantal and Philippe, this beautiful little shop is always nicely decorated attracting passers by to at least take a peek. This exclusive boutique on Rue des Orfèvres offers a great selection of jewelry and perfumes from leading brands like Gas, Zag Bijoux, Bygarance, Réminiscence, Pilgrim, Satellite, and other up-and-coming designers.
But you can also find beautiful jewelry exhibited with prices starting as low as around $17. From baroque necklaces, and extraordinary earrings, bracelets, watches, vintage brooches and even bags, this shop offers sophisticated jewelry to satisfy every customer entering their excellent jewelry boutique.
Hours: Monday 11am-7pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-7pm
Clockwork Orange Boutique
Situated in Route des Romains, the Clockwork Orange vintage and design shop has been selling original designer items since 2010. This vintage store is ideal for everyone looking for rare items from the '50s all the way to the '80s.
From vintage dressing tables, vintage furniture, lighting, home decor, and design, this exclusive vintage boutique will equip your entire home in no time. If you find something you like during your trip to Strasbourg, just let them know and they will ship it for you.
The boutique is closed during the week and opens only on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
La Nouvelle Douane (Farmers Market)
Located on the banks of the Ill River, near the Historical Museum of the City of Strasbourg is La Nouvelle Douane, the upscale farmer's market of Strasbourg. Open every day, this indoor market makes for great shopping in gloomy weather.
The market is home to over 20 farmers who bring their best fresh produce including meat, fruits, vegetables, local wine, baked goods, jams, and more. Some of the best flavors of the Alsace region can be found right here, so make sure to bring your friends or family along for some delicious tasting.
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am-7.30pm; Saturday 8am-6.30pm
Strasbourg Christmas Market
If you happen to be in Strasbourg from late November until the end of December, don't miss out on the Strasbourg Christmas Market. This Christmas Market dates back to 1570, making it the oldest market in France and one of the oldest in Europe. It takes place every year in the heart of Strasbourg, Grande Île, right in front of the Cathedral. There are hundreds of stalls selling toys, Christmas decorations, warm food, and more!
Expect to be filled with Christmas spirit as you walk the enchanting market, especially at night when the Christmas lights bring the magical displays to life. Prepare to spend some money on local products, crafts, mulled wine, and of course, traditional gingerbread. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is the most popular in Europe with over 2 million visitors from all around the world every year, which means the city gets pretty busy during the holidays.
Shopping in Strasbourg, France
You see, shopping in Strasbourg is everything but boring. Although we didn't mention every street, like Rue des Hallebardes and Rue des Grandes Arcades for markets, or rue du Dôme and rue de la Mésange for luxury goods, you'll see these wonderful places as you meander the city! From exclusive boutiques and vintage shops to large malls and trendy shopping streets, Strasbourg offers an excellent shopping experience to everyone that visits. Be sure to check our guide on Strasbourg neighborhoods to see more about local shopping areas!