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Christmas fair Osnabrück

Christmas fair in Osnabrück, Germany

Have you been to a Christmas-y events this year already? I went to the Christmas fair in Osnabrück last weekend, and it was magical!

I think Christmas fairs are great for a day out. There is plenty of delicious food, the atmosphere is usually amazing and you can get some last-minute gift shopping done as well. (Yes, the incredibly organised planning freak in me would consider two weeks in advance as last-minute gift shopping, I know, I’m hopeless..)

Anyway, none of us had been to Osnabrück before, so it was a bit of a gamble going there now. It was a great choice, however, as the city has surprised me in a very positive way. There were a lot of lovely buildings, as well as cosy, trendy cafes and unique shops.

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I particularly liked the organic shop slash health store, Reformhaus Backer. It had so many amazing, interesting, delicious foods and ingredients! It was a bit overwhelming, really, so out of sheer stress, I have hardly bought anything. Next time I will be prepared though, and arm myself with a list.

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On the fair, I enjoyed a bit of an fragmented lunch, but all of it was terribly good. First I had three falafel patties, from Bistro de la Cameleer, which were honestly the best falafel I have ever tasted! (They are not so very photogenic, though…)

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And a bit later on I succumbed to the temptation of a fresh crepe, topped with only a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. It was perfect!

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Of course it wasn’t all food, although a large part of the fair consisted of that. I would have liked it if there had been a bit more stalls with unique craft items and such. But well, at least the atmosphere was great and everything looked pretty, even with the drizzle that continued all day.

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After exploring the fair, we strolled through the streets of the city centre a bit more. Even just looking at all the beautifully decorated window displays was a treat in itself. Going on what I have seen, I’d say Osnabrück is actually quite the chic, wealthy city.

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And, what might even have been the best of all, tied with the organic store, a bit further along the street was an amazing food market! Called L+T Markthalle, it was basically just a large hall, filled with an array of little shops/stalls selling meals. There was something for everyone, from a bakery selling gorgeous bread to a Thai serving curries and stews and from an organic shop offering salads and stews to a stall baking fresh Flammkuchen (or Tarte Flambee). There were tables set up in all the open spaces, so everyone could get whatever they wanted and still eat together.

I chose a celeryburger, which was basically a fried disk of celery, and got this huge plate of food. It had delicious, crispy baked potatoes, fresh cheese, some salad and herbed tomatoes. Amazing!

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The whole meal was so very tasty, as were the dishes the others got, and we all went home with our bellies full and a smile on our faces.

I had a great day, and I would definitely recommend the Christmas fair in Osnabrück to you all!

Do you like Christmas fairs? What is your favourite?

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