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Top ChoiceGallery in Colmar

Musée d’Unterlinden

Gathered around a Gothic-style Dominican cloister, this revamped museum hides a prized medieval stone statue collection, late-15th-century prints by Martin Schongauer plus an ensemble of Upper Rhine Primitives....

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Colmar


Jean-Yves Schillinger runs the stove at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Petite Venise. Behind a trompe-l'œil façade lies an urban-cool, lounge-style restaurant, with flattering lighting and chesterfield...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Colmar


This new, bottle-lined wine bar is a drop of sophistication. Here you can sample and quaff wines from Alsace and elsewhere (from €3 per glass), and there are special evenings devoted to little-heard-of...

Top ChoiceFrench in Colmar

La Table du Brocanteur

Tucked down a backstreet, this half-timbered house is decorated with milk pails, clogs and an attic’s worth of other rustic knick-knacks. Bright flavours like scallop carpaccio and tender beef steak with confit...

Area in Colmar

Petite Venise

Petite Venise

If you see just one thing in Colmar, make it the Little Venice quarter. Canal connection aside, it doesn’t resemble Venice in the slightest, but it's truly lovely in its own right, whether explored on foot or by...

Gastronomy in Colmar

L’Atelier du Peintre

With its art-slung walls and carefully composed cuisine, this Michelin-starred bistro lives up to its ‘painter’s studio’ name. Seasonal masterpieces such as roast quail-breast fillets with hazelnut cream,...

Christmas in Colmar

Marché de Noël

Colmar’s snow globe of a Marché de Noël glitters from late November to 31 December. The entire city goes to town with festive sparkle, and five markets brim with gifts, hand-crafted decorations and gingerbread...

French in Colmar

Le Caveau Saint Pierre

Squirrelled away in the canal-laced heart of Petite Venise, this half-timbered restaurant is enticingly rustic, with low beams, stone walls and checked tablecloths. Choucroutes (such as with fresh fish or cider...

Mediterranean in Colmar

Le Quai 21

This canalside restaurant on the edge of Petite Venise is a winner, with its trad-meets-contemporary decor of exposed stone, clean-lined bistro furnishings and pops of electric blue. The succinct menu has a...

Museum in Colmar

Musée Bartholdi

In the house where Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was born in 1834, this museum pays homage to the sculptor who captured the spirit of a nation with his Statue of Liberty. Look out for the full-size plaster model of...

French in Colmar


Discreetly tucked away at the back of a courtyard in a 15th-century house and with pretty garden seating when the weather is fine, L'Arpège places the accent on well-balanced, organic food. It's a convivial spot...

French in Colmar

Le Petit Bidon

What a delight this nouveau-rustic bistro is, with its friendly welcome and bright interior sporting bare wood tables and milk-pail-lined shelves. The menu puts a refined spin on seasonal flavours in dishes such...

Alsatian in Colmar

La Soi

A winstub (wine tavern) in the best of Alsatian traditions, La Soi whips up mighty fine Flammekueche (tarte flambée) with just the right amount of crunch in cosy, wood-lined surrounds. You might, say, opt for a...

Market in Colmar

Marché Couvert

Bag Munster cheese, fresh pretzels, pastries, wild-boar saucisson (dry-cured sausage or salami), fresh fruit and veg and more at this 19th-century market hall. It also houses a handful of snack stands selling...

Church in Colmar

Église des Dominicains

Lit by late-medieval stained glass, this desanctified Gothic church shelters the celebrated triptych La Vierge au Buisson de Roses (The Virgin in the Rose Bush), painted by Martin Schongauer in 1473.

Pastries in Colmar

Pâtisserie Gilg

Bitter-chocolate cake, desserts with fresh fruit, nuts or caramel, rainbow-hued macarons, magnificent millefeuilles – however will you choose? Gilg is Colmar's patisserie par excellence.

Alsatian in Colmar

Fleur de Sel

With its terrace perched above the canals of Petite Venise outside and cheek-by-jowl seating inside, this staunchly Alsatian bistro is known for its perfectly thin and crisp tartes flambées and belly-filling...

French in Colmar


Hidden in a Petite Venise backstreet, this is a wine bar/bistro in the classic mould, with cheek-by-jowl tables and a good buzz. Whatever's fresh at the market goes into the pot, often with a generous pinch of...

Food & Drinks in Colmar

Chez Thierry

If you aren't hooked by the smell of pungent cheese, you'll be attracted by the rows of saucisson sec (salami) at this terrific hole-in-the-wall deli, where you can try before you buy. Fromage has a regional...