Restaurants abound on Grande Île: try canalside Petite France for Alsatian fare and half-timbered romance; Grand’Rue for curbside kebabs and tarte flambée (thin Alsatian-style pizza topped with crème fraîche, onions and lardons); and rue des Veaux or rue des Pucelles for hole-in-the-wall eateries serving the world on a plate. Stepping across the river, pedestrianised rue d’Austerlitz is lined with patisseries and bistros.

Don't Miss: Pass the Chocolate

Strasbourg is now sweeter than ever, as it’s one of the main stops on La Route du Chocolat et des Douceurs d’Alsace (Alsace Chocolate and Sweets Road), stretching 80km north to Bad Bergzabern and 125km south to Heimsbrunn near Mulhouse. Pick up a map at the tourist office to pinpoint Alsace’s finest patisseries, chocolateries, macaron shops and confectioners. The following are three sweet Strasbourg favourites to get you started:

Mireille Oster Cherubs adorn this heavenly shop where Strasbourg’s pain d’épices (gingerbread) fairy Mireille Oster tempts with handmade varieties featuring figs, amaretto, cinnamon and chocolate. Have a nibble before you buy.

Christian Sumptuous truffles and pralines, weightless macarons and edible Strasbourg landmarks – renowned chocolatier Christian’s creations are mini works of art.

Maison Alsacienne de Biscuiterie Bakes scrumptious Alsatian gingerbread, macarons, raisin-stuffed kougelhopf and sablés (butter cookies) flavoured with nuts and spices.