Bordeaux stands majestically on the Garonne river. The harbour, because of its curved shaped has inherited the poetic name of ´Port of the Moon´. It figures among the Unesco world heritage list for its outstanding architecture and its long lasting role in human and commercial exchanges.
Just an hour's drive away from Bordeaux, the Arcachon Bay offers deep blue waters, shiny white sand, a "bird island" and stunning views in a pleasant micro-climate. It has inspired poets, writers, singers, but also movies and is ideal for a day at the beach or a long bicycle ride. Shaped by oyster culture, it is also a great dining spot.
If you are among those who are always tempted to press the big red button, this is your chance. Jump aboard the cockpit of an Airbus A320, fasten your seatbelt, fly and attempt the hardest landings of the world in this flight simulator. A dream come true for many, an incredible adventure for everyone.
This gigantic cultural centre devoted to wine was opened in June 2016 and offers an experience close to that of an amusement park. The post-modern building itself is worth the detour, but the visits are almost impossible to exhaust with 19 thematic modules, tours given in 8 languages and over 120 audiovisual productions. The Cité is also to be experienced through performances, concerts, tastings, a multi-sensory space, a panoramic restaurant and more.
Bordeaux’s wine school, L´Ecole du Vin, offers courses on wine and the Bordeaux vineyards. Of various duration and existing both in English and French, these short training classes will allow you to act like a true connoisseur. To perfect the practice, each course also features several wine tastings.
Extremely scenic, the Place de la Bourse is a good spot to get a first impression of Bordeaux and find yourself in complete awe. It is also a very photogenic square, especially thanks to the Water Mirror which creates a perfect reflection of the buildings. The emblematic site is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its incredible architecture and its history.
Utopia is a cinema, cafe, lunch place and cultural meeting point all in one. The cinema shows mainly alternative movies in the original version, with French subtitles. If you don't feel like hitting the screen, the building itself is worth a look, and the Utopia cinema is an important French cultural landmark.
The beautiful historic center of Bordeaux, is perfect to travel through on the bike. In this bike tour, an experienced local guide will take you on an adventure and tell you everything you need to know about this fantastic city. You’ll find there is a lot to discover! This excursion is entertaining, sporty and safe. At a slow pace you can explore Bordeaux in 2.5 to 3 hours, with regular stops throughout the tour.
A classic of tourism in France, le Petit Train might be a bit kitsch but it is a good way to see the old town and learn all its stories, especially if you have children or simply do not wish to walk. Each seat has headphones where you have multiple language options for the ride.
Simple and authentic, L'Absinthe de Gilles is ideal for an aperitif at the bar or a dinner. The dishes are original and offer variety, simple or more sophisticated, sea-food or meat. The restaurant also has a very nice outdoor area open in the summer months. The chef is very involved and the service nice.
La Turpina is perhaps Bordeaux's most famous restaurant. Opened in 1968 by Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, whom still runs the place, it has not stopped receiving praises for the quality and finesse of its food, its desserts and its wines and the perfection of its service. The decor is what a textbook French restaurant should look like, with its open fire and farmhouse feel. The owner has opened five more restaurants in the same street.
Slightly cheaper than most restaurants in Bordeaux, La Cagette delivers way beyond expectations. A short menu and wine card but the dishes are original, simple and excellent. The brunch is of the same quality and we can only advise you to try this restaurant for all it offers! Think about making a reservation.
Paradise for meat eaters, Le Bar du Boucher - litterally the butcher's bar - offers a wide range of meat you can choose directly and see cut at the butcher's stand inside the restaurant. The dining room with its communal tables and its arcs are beautiful, the service and the atmosphere warm.
Baud et Millet is both a cheese and wine cellar. Products are authentic, rare and high-quality, the cheese can be chosen from a buffet of 100 different kinds and the wine wall will never leave you option-less. This family restaurant is the place to be if you want the full wine&cheese experience, and you can count on the owners knowledge on the subjects.
This is a small and cosy Italian wine bar located in the Old Town of Bordeaux. The food is great and they offer 260 different wines from all over the world, truly the perfect place if you love wine. If you think that 12 o'clock is wine o'clock, know that Le Wine Bar is also open for lunch three days a week.
Vegetarian friendly and with a perfectly executed simplicity, the Arty Cafe is great for a sweet pause or a lunch. Snacks, desserts and breakfasts are all equally acclaimed by the customers. The formulas offered are also really great deal and you will probably want to come back to try everything.
An amazingly calm little place, very close to the Garonne banks. The food is fresh and good and the coffees nice, but the real added value at Palo Alto Café-téria is the indoor terrace. Club sandwiches and salads are the menus main items, and are great for a quick but pleasant lunch.
Located outside of Bordeaux's city center, this Pastry shop is way worth the trip. With delicate and almost couture looking pastries, you will not believe your eyes nor your palate. Lightness, tastefulness and finesse are only a few adjectives to describe these true pieces of art.
Good place, good coffee, good food, good environment and good price/quality ratio. The SIP Coffee Bar is one of these new generation coffee shop that recruits only passionate and talented baristas, and the result is obvious. The SIP also practices different brewing techniques.
The Seeko'o Hotel**** Design Bordeaux has opened the Seeko'o Bar. Following the same vibe as the hotel, the bar was carefully designed for a modern and elegant ambiance. The bar is refined and so are the drinks, the cocktails are exclusive and executed by a talented Chef Barman.
Sunday is the day to visit the flea market on Quai de Salinières. Here you can find everything from a cheerful mess of furniture to nick-knacks, clothes and books - all of which is second-hand. These types of markets are the classic family or friends outing in France, and a great Sunday activity.
Locally-made goose liver and goat cheese are sold at the Capuçins Market on Saturdays. At the Centre Commercial Saint Christoly and the Galerie des Grand s Hommes department stores there are innumerable shops, cafés and fast food outlets. If you like sweets things, Baillardran on Grands Hommes is the must for cakes, pastries and sweets.
Bordeaux’s luxury shops are situated in a district called ”the golden triangle,” between Cours de l´intendance, Cours Georges Clemenceau and Allées de Tourny. Here you will find Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Longchamps, Kenzo, Hermes and Dior. Look for bargains in the young and trendy shops on rue St. Catherine and rue Porte-Dijeaux: Galeries Lafayette, Levi’s, Disney Store, Foot Locker, Lacoste, Zara, H&M.
A great market specialized in local and general gastronomy where you can shop but also stop for a glass of wine and some fresh oysters while enjoying a superb view on the Garonne river. Be aware though that parking is very difficult so you might want to avoid coming here by car.
For a shopping adventure that is a bit more artistic, try to follow Le Chemin des Créateurs - French for "the creators road". You can go from shop to shop, all of them managed directly by the creators and designers. You can find everything from jewelry to decoration and clothing.
The airport is located in Merignac, just outside of Bordeaux. A shuttle links directly the central train station and the airport between 6am and 11pm 7/7, in approximatively 30 minutes with one departure every hour. Another bus line, the Liane 1+ serves the same purpose but leaves more regularly and with more stops, for a trip of around 50 minutes. It works between 5am and 12:30/1:30am from Monday to Sunday.
A 1,50 single ticket for bus and tram is valid for 1 hour. You can find all necessary information on the TBM website for public transports or even download the app. A good tip is to invest in a Bordeaux City-Pass card that you can buy in the tourist office. It includes free entry to several museums as well as free travel on municipal buses and trams.