The best shopping can be achieved in the old town of Colmar, particularly rue de Clefs, Grand’ Rue, rue des Têtes, and rue des Marchands.
Antiques — Antiques abound in Colmar and shops that deserve particular attention include Geismar Dany, 32 rue des Marchands (tel. 03-89-23-30-41), specializing in antique painted furniture, and Antiquités Guy Caffard, 56 rue des Marchands (www.caffard-antiquites.com; tel. 03-89-41-31-78), with its mishmash of furniture, postcards, books, toys, bibelots, and the like. Also worth noting are Lire & Chiner, 36 rue des Marchands (www.lire-et-chiner.fr; tel. 03-89-24-16-78), and Antiquité Arcana, 13 pl. l’Ancienne Douane (tel. 03-89-41-59-81).
Wineries — Colmar being at the heart of the wine-producing Rhine country, local wine is one of the best purchases you can make here. If you don’t have time to visit the vineyards along the Wine Road, stop in Vinium in la Maison Pfister, 11 rue des Marchands (www.vinum.pro; tel. 03-89-41-33-61), owned by a major Alsace winegrower, Muré, proprietor of the vineyard Clos St-Landelin. A vast selection of wines and liqueurs from the region and the rest of France is stocked at the Cave du Musée, 11 rue Kléber (tel. 03-89-23-85-29).
You can drive to one of the most historic vineyards in Alsace-Lorraine. Domaines Schlumberger (www.domaines-schlumberger.com; tel. 03-89-74-27-00) lies 26km (16 miles) southwest of Colmar in Guebwiller. The cellars, established by the Schlumberger family in 1810, are an unusual combination of early-19th-century brickwork and modern stainless steel. These grapes become such famous wines as Rieslings, Gewürztraminers, muscats, sylvaners, and pinots (blanc, gris, and noir). Views of the vineyards and tasting rooms are available without an appointment, but group tours of the cellars are conducted only when a staff member is available, so call before you go. The vineyard is only open to tastings Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm and to 5pm on Fridays. They may also have reduced hours in August and the end of December (varies each year—call for details).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.