Bordeaux City Guide
Considering that BORDEAUX is a World Heritage Site with centuries of history, I was expecting a city rather subdued with old-warm charm, incredible architecture and great wine, but I discovered a modern BORDEAUX that rivaled Paris for my affections.
Often referred to as France’s sleeping beauty, BORDEAUX — located in Southwest along the Garonne River — has been experiencing a cultural renaissance thanks to an influx of diverse people moving to BORDEAUX to open shops, restaurants and energizing the historic city center with their cosmopolitan creativity. Of course the city is best known for its wine region, but I found even the vineyards offered a good balance of modernity and tradition.
For design enthusiasts, there’s antique shopping at Brocante des Quinconces (in April) and hip design shops like Hello Vintage, L’Inoxerie, La Toque Cuivree and O Design. Fashionistas will enjoy Mieux, Petrusse, and strolling rue Saint Catherine. Foodies will love canales at Bailladran, cheese at Fromagerie Dereulle, and L’Intendant or Max Bordeaux for wine tastings.
MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS
Chateau Margaux is one of the most beautiful vineyards in BORDEAUX, but there are dozens of vineyards throughout the region in Medoc, Pauillac and St Emilion. My favorite tours and tastings were at Duhart Milon, Lynch Bages, Mouton Rothschild, Pichon Longueville and Pontet Canet.
7 Rue Ferrere
Bordeaux’s museum for contemporary art.
Place de la Comédie
An 18th century concert hall. Tours Wednesdays and Saturdays in the afternoon.
20 Cours Pasteur
Learn the fascinating history of Bordeaux and Aquitaine.
Place de la Bourse
Beautiful town square. In front, the Three Graces fountain is perfect for taking selfies.
Place de Quinconces
Another town square great for taking photos.
Tour Pey Berland
Climb to the top of this bell tower for expansive views of the city.
Aux Quatre Coins du Vin
8 rue de la Devise
Energetic wine bar with informed staff and reasonably priced wine tastings.
36 allee d’Orleans
French brasserie with mix of tourists and locals.
Cafe Andrée Putman
7 rue Ferrere
Designed by Madame Putman. Perfect for light lunch.
2 place de la Comedie
Great for casual lunch or dinner with friends.
62 Rue Abbé de l’Épée
Hip, new restaurant with inventive cooking. Reservations required.
10 Rue Labottière
Read my review here.
16 Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre
Tired of wine? Dying for an inventive cocktail? Saddle up to the bar here.
Le Chien de Pavlov
45 Rue de la Devise
Chic, contemporary bistro with simple, yet creative cuisine.
33 Rue du Cancera
Innovative bistro with ever-changing menu. Reservations suggested.
6 Rue du Cancera
When you require a break from French cuisine, try this French-Chinese fusion.
Une Cuisine en Ville
77 Rue du Palais Gallien
Contemporary restaurant serving a French menu with global flavors.
Grand Hotel de Bordeaux
2-5 Place de la Comédie
Centrally located with lovely rooms and wonderful service. Now owned by Intercontinental, but Jacques Garcia’s design aesthetic remains.
23 Allée de Tourny
Reasonably priced boutique hotel located near city center.
La Maison Bord’eaux
113 Rue du Dr Albert Barraud
Charming minimalist hotel about a mile from city center.
La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez
10 Rue Labottière
Check-in for unparalleled luxury. Also home to Joel Robuchon’s restaurant.
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