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Bordeaux City Guide

bordeaux-port-de-cailhu-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.

bordeaux chateauMUSEUMS + 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.

CAPC
7 Rue Ferrere
www.capc-bordeaux.fr

Bordeaux’s museum for contemporary art.

Grand Theater
Place de la Comédie
www.opera-bordeaux.com

An 18th century concert hall. Tours Wednesdays and Saturdays in the afternoon.

Musee d’Aquitaine
20 Cours Pasteur
www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr/en

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
www.pey-berland.monuments-nationaux.fr/en

Climb to the top of this bell tower for expansive views of the city.

joel robuchon bordeauxRESTAURANTS
Insider’s Tip: Be sure to make dinner reservations before you leave. Tips are usually included on your bill, but leave a bit extra if you can.

Aux Quatre Coins du Vin
8 rue de la Devise
www.aux4coinsduvin.com

Energetic wine bar with informed staff and reasonably priced wine tastings.

Brasserie l’Orleans
36 allee d’Orleans
www.brasserie-lorleans.fr

French brasserie with mix of tourists and locals.

Cafe Andrée Putman
7 rue Ferrere
www.cafeandreeputman.com

Designed by Madame Putman. Perfect for light lunch.

Comptoir Cuisine
2 place de la Comedie
www.comptoircuisine.com

Great for casual lunch or dinner with friends.

Garopapilles
62 Rue Abbé de l’Épée
www.garopapilles.com

Hip, new restaurant with inventive cooking. Reservations required.

Joel Robuchon
10 Rue Labottière
www.lagrandemaison-bordeaux.com

Read my review here.

L’Alchimiste
16 Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre
www.lalchimistebordeaux.com

Tired of wine? Dying for an inventive cocktail? Saddle up to the bar here.

Le Chien de Pavlov
45 Rue de la Devise
www.lechiendepavlov.com

Chic, contemporary bistro with simple, yet creative cuisine.

Miles
33 Rue du Cancera
www.restaurantmiles.com

Innovative bistro with ever-changing menu. Reservations suggested.

Restaurant Dan
6 Rue du Cancera
www.danbordeaux.com

When you require a break from French cuisine, try this French-Chinese fusion.

Une Cuisine en Ville
77 Rue du Palais Gallien
www.une-cuisine-en-ville.com

Contemporary restaurant serving a French menu with global flavors.

bordeaux-grand-hotelHOTELS
Insider’s Tip: Visit hotel websites for room rate specials and special amenities.

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux
2-5 Place de la Comédie
www.ghbordeaux.com

Centrally located with lovely rooms and wonderful service. Now owned by Intercontinental, but Jacques Garcia’s design aesthetic remains.

Hotel Seze
23 Allée de Tourny
www.hotel-de-seze.com

Reasonably priced boutique hotel located near city center.

La Maison Bord’eaux
113 Rue du Dr Albert Barraud
www.lamaisonbord-eaux.com

Charming minimalist hotel about a mile from city center.

La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez
10 Rue Labottière
www.lagrandemaison-bordeaux.com

Check-in for unparalleled luxury. Also home to Joel Robuchon’s restaurant.

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