After a lovely day in Strasbourg, my pal and I had one more day in France for our weekend getaway, and we decided to drive the hour south to Colmar before heading back to Germany. Colmar is renowned for its superbly preserved old town, adorned with timber-framed wood houses that reflect an exceptional blend of Germanic and French architecture.
Have I mentioned how much I love this style of housing?
The weather on this day was a moody mix of wind and sprinkles, but neither of us were phased by this. When traveling, learning to roll with whatever is thrown your way makes things more enjoyable. Plus, most people aren’t traveling during the winter months so the trade off for poor weather is less humans.
We had no plan for this afternoon of wandering, so we parked the car and set off for a few hours of exploration. Our first stop was to La Petite Venise, or Little Venice, to admire the houses on the canal. These houses sit on the Lauch river and are said to have been houses for fishermen and boaters once upon a time.
Now, they are the perfect houses to add to a vision board.
A small walk along the pleasant Quai de la Poissonnerie leads to St Peter’s bridge where we had a beautiful view over “Little Venice.” From the bridge heading back down the cobblestone streets of Quai de la Poissonnerie we found a large brass colored building dating back to 1865. This building used to be a shopping hall, and is now a covered market known as Marché couvert.
I wasn’t aware of this market until we passed by and I glanced inside the window. This indoor market (completely renovated in 2010), is home to many stalls selling local products, fruit and vegetables, and a bar with an amazing terrace (which seems to float on the Lauch River.) You can see the terrace surrounded by a red wall in the above photo.
I can only imagine how popular the terrace is in the warmer months.
We hadn’t had breakfast yet, and this covered market was the perfect place to stop for a bite. Inside, the people were just waking up and it was apparent everyone wandering the stalls were locals and not tourists. Everyone knew what they wanted, and were having friendly chats with the stall owners. We made a full lap before finding the stalls we wanted to stop at.
Breakfast goals were simple: bread, butter, jam, coffee.
The stall owners spoke very little English, but they were all very kind. We sat at the stall where we ordered coffee and each ate our entire baguette (and more than half this circle of local butter!) Bread makes me very brain foggy, but when in France it’s worth it.
I remember the exact feeling of calm I had sitting inside this market focusing on nothing more than my baguette and americano.
After breakfast we wandered around the streets and shops for a couple more hours before starting the drive back to Germany. We spent just the first half of our day in Colmar, which was enough time for us. One day is enough for this town, and perhaps I will return someday in the nicer weather to enjoy a cup of coffee on the covered market terrace.
When driving home, our GPS ended up taking us into Switzerland (I didn’t adjust the route option) which added an extra hour onto our drive back (whoops.) We had a good laugh about this detour, and thankfully the weather held up for the entirety of the drive.
Strasbourg was enjoyable for its size and walkability, and Colmar was enjoyable for the same reasons, but in a different way. Comar is smaller, but far less touristy (even in the off season.) Both towns are beautiful, and have awe worthy architecture.
France continues to surprise me. Aside from a designated trip to Paris and Normandy in January, my other visits have been sporadic one or two day pop ins. In the future I would love to dedicate a week or more to exploring more of the country. Until then, I will daydream of fresh baguettes and locally churned butter. Ohh to be French.
Q: Baguettes with butter and jam, or croissants?
23 thoughts on “Colmar, France”
There are so many more gorgeous places in France to see though I am pleased you visited Colmar.
You live in a beautiful country!
I know , I am so fortunate
Papa Wilson says thank you Brittany for the remote excursions! Well done.
Thank you Papa! ❤️❤️
That’s a tough call… But baguettes for me!! Even just plain. Fresh bread in France is just TOO good to pass up! (But… I wouldn’t turn down a croissant either… Especially a chocolate croissant! 😉 ) And ohhhhhh my gosh, all of the architecture in your photos of Colmar is so charming! It reminds me of Diagon Alley and Harry Potter too, in a way!
Baguettes for me too, there is something about that fresh bread with a crunchy outside and soft inside!
I get the Harry Potter vibe too, such a dreamy area!
Baguettes pour moi, si vous plait.
Meee too!! All day, every day.
I love your stories Brittany! I miss Europe. To answer your question I pick the baguette and butter.
Thank you! And baguette and butter for the win!
I recently came across your blog via rootchopper and enjoy your writing. My trip to France has been put on hold. One of the things I was looking forward to eating on my holiday was baguette. The French know how to make bread and cheese for sure.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for the kind comment. I’m sorry you had to delay your trip, but think of how much more enjoyable that baguette will be when you finally get it!
Baguettes, for sure!
(Rips off a chunk, applies jam, then dunks it into a thick, black coffee)
YOOOO! You have me salivating. The coffee dunk is 🔥🔥🔥.
Baguette 👍 and loads of butter, I’m starting to pull away from jam….but butter as much as I can get especially good butter👏
Absolutely beautiful pictures, could envision walking those streets and letting the day go by slowly, very slowly…❤️🙋♀️
Thanks for the wonderful journey looking over your shoulder🌲🏔
The butter is what sold me. I’m indifferent to the jam, but ohhhh the butter.
Wonderful place. Jam has fruit, right?
That’s my choice,
Yes! Good choice. 🙃
I vote for both! Eat one now and take one for later. ❤
It's a win-win.
Ohh, I like your style!!
I have a puzzle with almost the exact same picture as the one titled “Market on the right”.
Ahh, that’s so cool!