Hop on the 47 bus and you're there.
All the trains go off to points east like Nancy and Strasbourg so this part of Paris has names like Hotel Lorraine, boulevard de Strasbourg.
*One warning. Unlike most Christmas markets in Paris (usually loaded with holiday snack foods like spiced wine, crepes, hot chestnuts) you will find none of that here. Fortunately the 47 bus drops you just in front of traiteur Schmid, one of the best Alsacien epiceries in town. I went in and browsed.
Perfect kugelhopfs. Every kind of sausage, choucroute, you name it.
Naturally I bought nothing at the delicious Schmid, saving myself for the Noel Market. Ha!
Forewarned is forearmed. DRESS WARMLY! No heating inside the tent of authentic Alsacien purveyors. Of course Saturday was the day I decided to not wear so many layers. Ha again.
Pain d'epice in great heaping loaves. My favorite French cookie is the Alsacien Etoiles a la Cannelle. Cinnamon is a rarity in French cuisine but not in Alsace. These are loaded with it and almond flour but not gluten free.
Massive hunks of smoked country bacon. Very tempting as one who grew up on BLTs as a kid.
I did fall hard for the sets of Choucroute Garni. I just need a dash of Riesling wine to throw in. The perfect warming winter dinner.
Once you start it's hard to stop. Yes I got some of these potato roesti. Gone, gone gone.
I'm a fan of Alsacian 'Pizza' already or Flammkuchen also called tarte Flambee. Thin, brittle, fromage blanc with lardon and onions.
There may have been no snack food but there was plenty of excellent wines to taste freely. All the wines Alsace is noted for: Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinots, eau de vies.
Adorable wine carriers create an Alsacien village.
If you've ever visited Alsace you'll know many of those villages are toy towns.
There's a folksy, quaint even cutsey look to the life in Alsace.
The graphic artist, Hansi (1873-1951) captured the iconic folksy Alsatian style to perfection.It's not just for the kiddies. This drape was on a very fine purveyor of foie gras. His logo too bore a Hansi little kid. Hansi was active politically during the wars against the Germans and still revered.
I visited the Hansi museum in Riquewihr a long while back and loved it. Altogether this is a wonderful Christmas market as long as you get some hearty snacks at Schmid before visiting.
You could bring a snack from home. Do you know the easy hack for Mandarins/Clemintines? A simple slice on both ends and one cut in the middle = a lovely 'caterpillar' effect with no messy peels.
You can still give yourself or another Paris Sketch letters in time to arrive before the Holidays by the way :)