The Prettiest Town in France!? A Quick Guide to Colmar

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And here we are again – with another French town taking my breath away. After claiming that Annecy would have to be the prettiest town in France, I’m back with a new claim: perhaps that title belongs to both Annecy and Colmar… or perhaps even more correctly, France is full of cute towns to explore! Regardless, I cannot choose. Both of these towns are an absolute delight to explore, so if you find yourself in the North-East Alsace region of France, here is why you absolutely must visit Colmar!


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Checking In: Le Columbier Colmar

For our stay in Colmar our only interest was being centrally located so that we could make the most of our short two day visit. After doing a little research online I found “Le Columbier” Apartments & Hotel who were highly rated based on reviews, so it seemed the obvious choice given their location right by the water and just a short few minutes walk to all the shops and centre of town.

The 4* hotel turned out to be perfect for our stay, offering a light buffet breakfast in the mornings to get us started for the day. After such a good experience at the hotel and with rooms extremely generous in size, I would definitely recommend this hotel to travellers on a mid-range budget in Colmar.

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What to See in Colmar

As Colmar was the last town to be freed after the Second World War, the German influence is very noticeable in most of the buildings in the older part of town, with many of them incredibly well preserved and painted in bright colours.

The entire Alsace region changed nationalities between French and German throughout the course of history, so the unique blend of architecture is the biggest drawcard for many visitors coming to see this colourful, idyllic town. Be sure to wander the streets and make the small canals a focal point, as this is without a doubt the most picturesque part of town. There are also many great alleyways and narrow streets to meander, filled with local souvenirs, pastries, and antiques.

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What to Do in Colmar

Without a doubt the canal boat trip (in “Little Venice”) is one of the most iconic things to do in Colmar. The short boat trip is a great way to see the city from the water and is really popular during summer, so better to do it early in the day.

Another great activity if you have more than one day in Colmar is to rent a bicycle and ride part of the Alsation wine route. We did this by renting a bicycle from Lulu’s bike rental for just 6 euros for half a day (10 euros for a full day) and it was a great way to see the countryside, as well as another beautiful village nearby name Egusheim.

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Where to Eat in Colmar 

As we visited in the off season (April) and it was impossibly cold outdoors, much of our time was spent indoors enjoying the local cuisine. Colmar has some great eateries and an abundance of Michelin Star restaurants, so be sure to pick out your preference and book in advance in order to secure a table.

Gilg – For the best pastries in town (particularly the macarons), every local will tell you to go straight to Gilg. The prices are really fair and the food is delicious – I really couldn’t fault it!

Poulaillon – Another patisserie we frequented for quick lunch bites was Poulaillon. The sweets weren’t anything fantastic but the basic pastries were delicious and cheap!

Alsako – On a rainy Monday night when nothing seemed to be open at 7:00pm, we found this unassuming restaurant opposite the supermarket and decided to give it a go as our last option. I ordered the champignon quinoa dish and it was to die for! The prices are very reasonable (8 euros for my main course) and the food was delicious. A great cheap eats option.

L’atelier du peintre – If you’re looking for a special meal you will be delighted to learn that Colmar is full of Michelin star restaurants. We did our research to find a Michelin starred restaurant that catered to vegetarians and had a fantastic meal at L’atelier du peintre – totally worth the price tag! The meal cost us around $150 for two mains, two desserts and one drink. Colmar is full of Michelin dining experiences – see here to check out this full list.

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    July 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I visited Colmar last year during Christmas time, and need to say, it looks gorgeous in winter too 🙂 Feeling inspired to go there soon again after reading this post))

    July 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for the useful information. 

    June 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Terrific tips! Thanks.
    I’m going. It has to be a beautiful place to paint watercolors!!

    June 21, 2016 at 6:14 am

    You have totally inspired me to head to Colmar. We’re thinking of going around Christmas time and I’ve heard wonderful things about the Christmas markets there. Thanks for sharing and helping me convince my husband to come here 🙂 BTW, how much does this look like the backdrop for Beauty and the Beast?? 😛

    June 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Very nicely written blog!!

    June 19, 2016 at 3:10 am

    going to France this sept .. I will now have to make colmar a must stop. Thank you for your blogs.

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    June 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Awesome post !

    June 17, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Colmar is one of the most beautiful town in France but France is full of lovely town!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    June 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Colmar feels like something straight out of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ — I even wrote a fairy tale parody based on my visit there. So much fun to recall all of those childhood stories:

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    June 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Nice images and great article! thanks for the sharing.

    June 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    What a beautiful town! It’s a dream of mine to do a ‘road trip’ of France and visit many different cities and towns. Maybe I should include Colmar to by fantasy trip itinerary 🙂

    Ali Bourke
    June 16, 2016 at 5:59 am

    This place looks so beautiful! I’ve never heard of it before but it is now on my bucket list – thanks! 🙂

    Ali –

    June 16, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Hi Brooke ! I live in Alsace, near Strasbourg and I’m so glad to finally see that my region on this blog 🙂
    Tourists do need to know that there is so much more to visit in France than just Paris !

    On another note I would like to thank you Brooke. A few weeks ago I went on my first solo trip ! It’s a project I have been dreaming of since I discovered your blog almost two years ago now, and I do not regret ! I chose the Netherlands and visited many beautiful cities like Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague (ma favorite one), Utrecht and of course Amsterdam. I am 20 and this is so far one of the best experiences of my life !

    So thank you so much for inspiring me and making me confident in myself enough to go on my own. Thank you.

    Jade xx

    June 16, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Loved! Pretty!!!! I want to visit the place!

    June 16, 2016 at 2:50 am

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    June 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

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    ELin Hansson
    June 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Oh I really love these photos!! Looks really really nice! 😀

    June 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my God Colmar looks soooooooo dreamy!!!!

    June 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    It looks so beautiful!

    June 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Really cute place!!

    ❤ Me and the city ❤

    sara mcavoy
    June 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    What a beautiful town!

    June 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Awesome post !

    June 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Colmar looks sooooo beautiful!
    The food looks yummy. I must go there and see the city with my own eyes, thank you for the amazing share 😀

    June 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve lived in Strasbourg for the past year & Colmar truly did steal my heart! Its beautiful, lovely post xxx

    the adventurer
    June 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    What I would give to travel around France and visit every little town like Colmar =o) Those pastries look incredible too!

    June 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hi Brooke. I have recently discovered your blog through Bloglovin and can’t get enough! We are planning to do a lot of Europe travel in a few years when kids get older and these posts are so helpful! And I admire you for travelling solo. Good for you! Enjoy life while you can. Travelling by yourself is totally not boring.

    Chloe at Beyond Blessed
    June 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Yay!! Headed there in January!!! Cannot wait!!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Hey Brooke, when you are writing a travel blog, how do you find out about or get notified about new places opening up?

    • Brooke Saward
      June 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Hi Siri 🙂 I usually do research as I travel around and visit new places. I also get emails from PR reps who are sending out emails to bloggers to promote new openings. Hope that helps!