La CUV: Very cool wine shop
A very friendly wine shop/art gallery located right in the heart of the real Bordeaux, between capucin market and Saint-Michel.
The wine selection is great: local and worldly varieties. We had a very cool cheese and wine tasting for a very low price. It was so much fun ! I highly recommend this place
What to buy: Wine
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- Arts and Culture
- Wine Tasting
La Mauvaise Réputation: Bad Taste
This must be a shop with a whole new concept: instead of selling best-selling books or second-hand books or the like it specialises in books with a bad reputation. In most cases, this means books that feature a topic that is somehow taboo, such as weird art, photography or music. Or sex, as a matter of fact. You won't find smut here, but stuff for the more refined taste. While the front part of the shop is dedicated to selling books, the back part is a small art gallery with - you could have guessed it - art with a bad reputation. I found the whole concept very interesting and browsed through the books for ages, thereby probably annoying the shopkeeper who wanted to go for his lunch break. I literally could have bought a huge pile of books, but I ended up with just one book about anagram literature.
What to buy: books with a bad reputation
What to pay: depending on the book
- Arts and Culture
several: Shopping Heaven
Bordeaux is a shopping heaven: Not only are there the well-known brands but also very many smaller shops with their own independent collection. You can get literally everything in the streets in the city centre: rue Ste. Cathérine is the 2km long pedestrian zone with the majority of the larger chains such as H&M, Fnac, Galeries Lafayette, C&A etc. while the smaller shops are often in the streets nearby.
Records and CDs can be bought at "Total Heaven" on rue Candale, "Maisons du Monde" on rue Ste. Cathérine offers interesting designer furniture and a very packed place close to the quais offers kitsch and antiquities of all sorts. For books, you must not miss "Librairie Mollat", one of France's largest and best book shops, located on rue Vital Carles.
What to buy: literally everything
What to pay: During the long "sale season" less than elsewhere - and compared with English prices, those in Bordeaux are generally lower
Chapellerie Cailhau: Hats On!
A chapellerie is the store of a hatter. In the States these stores have almost disappeared (trucker hats are sold with sporting goods etc). I could not resist going in and asking for a Frech beret. I was informed that these are not made any longer but was offered a selection of tams, but not made in France. I bought two stylish ones of the finest Irish wool. (The picture of me in one with my brother is the 60year later version of us in the shot on my homepage (my mother being long deceased). I have searched for a beret but never found one. Do they exist? Not that I would wear one, I have had enough grief with the tams. They are now well used by my son whose hobby is clowning.
What to buy: Men's hats. That is all they sell in this store.
What to pay: 20 to X Euro
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???: Shopping Time
When you want to bring home a souvenir, Bordeaux is full of shops and boutiques where you can find the perfect remembrance of the city. There are many markets throughout the city. One of Bordeaux’s oldest is the Grands Hommes. Serving customers since the 19th century, this building houses a traditional market on the first floor where visitors can buy fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. The second floor is filled with boutiques. Another place to shop is the rue Sainte Catherine. This is one of the longest streets in Bordeaux and is home to a variety of unique stores and shops. If your looking for luxury, the shops in the Golden Triangle are sure to have what you need. This is a triangle of streets linked by the cours de l'Intendance, the cours Georges Clemenceau, and the allées de Tourny.
Sunday all shops and supermarket is closed....
rue Sainte-Catherine: The shopping spine of Bordeaux
Rue Sainte-Catherine is an amazing shopping street, completely straight and over 2km long, filled with all sorts of shops and cafe's, from Galeries Lafayette to small friendly bars. At the north end of rue Ste-Catherine is Bordeaux's Grand Theatre and Tourist Information Office. At the very south end is the arch of place de la Victoire. The small shops and bars get more frequent at the studenty south end but, for the majority, it is a regular shopping street for the Bordelaise. When I was there in July the summer sales had just begun and it seemed almost every other shop was selling clothes at bargain prices.
The rue Ste-Catherine is most useful to get your bearings. If you get lost sooner or later you will find yourself on or near it!
I stopped for refreshments at several points on the rue during my stay. La Maison du cafe (opposite Galleries Lafayette) was friendly and great for people watching. Bar Tom Pruce at the southern end was better still for watching the shopping crowds. At the very top, opposite the Theatre, is a cafe/patissirie selling jumbo chocolate croissants ....yum!!
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Can't remember but...: Wine Shop
Situated right beside the wine museum in centre of city is an incredible wine shop with a small spiralling staircase going all the way to the top. As you go up, so do the prices.
What to buy: If you like wine this shop is an absolute must - you will find every type of obscure bordeaux wine and at great prices compared to home. They will even pack in wooden crates to protect wine for you in transit
- Wine Tasting
All shops: Mid season sales
In the height of summer in France, the sales begin. Soldes Monstres!! read the sign which screamed at me from just outside the airport. Everything in France appears to be reduced just before Bastille weekend up to 60%. Clothes to bathroom fittings are all slashed in price to encourage shoppers into a spending frenzy similar to the January sales in the UK. Well worth snapping up a bargain if you are there. The main shopping street is the Rue de Catherine running from the Grand Theatre to the Place de la Victoire. Supposedly this is the longest shopping street in Europe, and it certainly gets busy on Saturday during the sales. Bear in mind that on Sunday pretty much everything is closed.
Mollat: Biggest independant bookstore in France
Occupies a full block in one of the busiest streets of Bordeaux
Huge range, with english/german/spanish books available too.
What to pay: Books have a fixed price in France : only a 5% max discount is allowed, and usually given in the big bookstores
Meriadeck: A big shopping mall in the center
Just minutes from place Gambetta, there's the only covered shopping place in the center.
You can find there clothing, 2 sporting good shops, and more interesting for the long-term residents, an hypermarket : Auchan.
It's the cheapest in town, as far as I know.
Shops close at 8pm, Auchan at 10pm. Closed sundays.
What to buy: Everything :) But at european prices, not that cheap !
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La Cafe de Larchevesque: Wine Shops
A selection of Boedeaux wines could only be reported here. Wines are bottled at the properties. Rare wines tasting, retails sales , duty free sales are possible. It is also possible to organise tasting for groups on appointment.
What to buy: Wine, and Wines.
What to pay: Varies on your choice, and Taste.
- Wine Tasting
Le Triangle d'Or
Bordeaux est riche en boutiques de luxe toutes situées dans un espace que les Bordelais ont appelé "le Triangle d'Or" dessiné par le cours de l'Intendance, le cours Georges Clemenceau et les allées de Tourny.
Bordeaux is rich in boutiques of luxury all situated in a space that the Bordeaux's people called "The Gold Triangle" drawn by the course of the bursary, the course Georges Clemenceau and the alleys of Tourny.
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Shopping Strip: Rue Sainte Catherine
Stretching from the aristrocratic Place de la Comedie to the student district at the place de la Victoire, Rue St. Catherine is the longest pedestrianised street in europe.
What to buy: It is also lined with some of France's best known retail outlets.
What to pay: As much Euros as you can.
- Road Trip
Rue Sainte Catherine: One of the longest shopping streets in France
The rue Sainte Catherine is one of the largest shopping streets in France. It runs through most of the city centre from teh Greand Theatre all the way to the Port d'Aquitaine
baillardran: CANNELE AND MACARON
tipyc speciality of Bordeaux ; the CANELE
the other one (macaron) come more from St Emilion
but eat and enjoy
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