Bordeaux Travel Guide

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Bordeaux Things to Do

  • Cathedral Saint Andre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux’s city tourist office is quick to admit that the Cathédrale Saint André cannot compete with the ones in northern France like Amiens, Chartres or Reims, but they say its “heterogeneous appearance has something unexpected and endearing, in particular its separate bell tower.” This is where Anne of Austria (who despite her name was more...

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  • Monument Aux Girondins

    On the north side of the column, opposite “The Triumph of the Republic”, is a parallel complex of fountains and statues called Le Triomphe de la Concorde. This of course has nothing to do with the ill-fated supersonic Concorde aircraft, (a surviving example of which you can visit in Le Bourget if you like that sort of thing), but rather with the...

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  • Grand Theatre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux is one of six French cities with a ‘National Opera’, the others being Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg (with Colmar and Mulhouse), Montpellier and Nancy. A ‘National Opera’ is an opera company that is partially financed by the Ministry of Culture in return for fulfillin

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  • Esplanade des Quinconces

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Esplanade des Quinconces is France's largest square and one of the largest in Europe. It was laid out in the 19th century on the site of the former Château Trompette and is surrounded by trees that were planted in a specific pattern, a so-called "quinconce" (like the 5 pips of a dice). While the larger part of the square is not really inviting...

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  • Place de la Bourse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the centre - a setting made even more magnificent when it is lit up at night. There is a superb view of the Garonne river's right bank from this square.

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  • Musee des Beaux Arts

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Musée des Beaux Arts has two sculptures by the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967), whose atelier in Paris has been preserved and is now a museum devoted to his works. The two sculptures on display in the Musée des Beaux Arts are a bronze casting of his bust of the author François Mauriac (first three photos) and a white plaster...

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Bordeaux Restaurants

  • Le Palatium

    For my token restaurant review this time I have chosen Le Palatium, a pleasant little restaurant which was presumably named after one of the seven hills of Rome – an appropriate name because the restaurant is located just across the street from the Museum of Aquitaine, which includes a comprehensive department on ancient Roman times. (This is just...

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  • Supper in a city square

    We stopped for a late supper at this restaurant (well I say late, late for France!!!) The staff were very pleasant and the food was good, not fantastic, but perfectly good. We both had snails to start, then I had grilled Sea Bream and a jacket potato, and my husband had Steak Tartare (We saw several tourists in Bordeaux who were very surprised to...

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  • classic French at Bordeaux

    Awesome place if you like seafood like me, was here on a business trip and it has been a find. It is a huge house on poles facing across the garonne the place de la Bourse with a wonderful panoramic terrace. As was in group could sneak out for one photo.I write here in French and was cited as best by cityvox in 2013, 144 tips four out of...

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  • right by Cafe des arts

    hardly like to write a tip without a photo but on this one is an old personal photos of the kids at Cafe des Arts in Bordeaux and old photos I found.very well known one of the classic of Bordeaux, and we have been several times in it. Good service and great food.selection on several resto review places including mine here in France, best...

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  • The Most Typical French Cafe in Bordeaux

    This is definitely one of the loveliest places I've been to: the tiny Cafe Casse Croute on Place St Michel in Bordeaux. A few old chairs and tables covered with red-and-white plastic tablecloths, a decanter filled with ruby-coloured red wine, a few slices of baguette, a fresh salad, a lot of conversation about everything from Sarkozy to the...

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  • Just like Mom's

    Another one of the many restaurants around the lower end of Rue Sainte Cathérine, "Chez Maman" was a very good choice. We went for the 16 euro "formule" which was really good: a lot of food, very good quality and a lowish price. The waiters were friendly, the service was quick - all in all a good experience. My starter, French onion soup, was...

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Bordeaux Nightlife

  • theater life in Bordeaux

    the main in contacthttp://www.opera-bordeaux.com/a masterpiece building in central Bordeaux, Place de la Comédie you can visit it the Grand-Théâtre every wednesdays and Saturdays afternoons at 14h30 - 16h00 - 17h30. opne on April 7 , 1780, Inside is wonderful need to see it if only see itCapacity for 1114 persons today; the architecture is...

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  • Nicest cinema in Bordeaux

    Believe it or not, the cinema has been built in a XVth century church.It's a cinema "d'art et d'essai" with a careful selection of movies coming from everywhere, all shown in original version, of course.(but don't forget that culture is often more fun than boring) No food, no drinks, no phones. You're not in your average hollywood factory.

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  • Dinner Cruises

    There are tour boats docked on the river along the Quai de Louis XVIII opposite the Rostrales of the Quinconces that offer afternoon and evening cruises of the river with views of the adjacent activities. We have been on many of these elsewhere and although they are a nice evening, we opted to splurge on a fine seafood dinner instead (see our...

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Bordeaux Transportation

  • How to come in and out-Bordeaux

    very easy city to come by car along the A10 interchanging with the N10 to avoid a bit of toll payment on the road after passing the bridge of Aquitaine. You come into the rocade or beltway that can take you into the city or out into the Medoc wine region. There are controlling areas in the city not to drive or pedestrian between cours Victor Hugo,...

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  • car rentals at Bordeaux train station

    a service of SNCF French railroad, here all info on the gare in English with car rental companies there. Better to have it reserve before arrival for high demand station.http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/frboj/acces-gare/location/Arrival side. Car Rental Agencies : Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, National Citer, Ada. HertzGare Saint Jean Parking...

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  • VCub bicycle sharing

    VCub is Bordeaux’s spontaneous self-service on-street bicycle sharing system. It has been in operation since 2010 and is very similar to Vélo’v in Lyon and Vélib’ in Paris, though it is run by a different company, Keolis (70 % of which belongs to the French railway system SNCF), instead of JCDecaux as in Lyon and Paris.The name “VCub” has nothing...

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Bordeaux Shopping

  • VFM

    It's not the shop which is special - just a national chain to be found in every airport and many railways stations.It's the guide book I'm recommending.VFM = value for money. Lonely Planet's "Bordeaux en Quelque Jours" (Bordeaux in a Few Days). It cost me €8.99. It fits right into the back pocket of my jeans. Easy to whip it out when needed. It...

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  • really nice shop

    This shop is not really a classic souvenir shop but you can buy souvenirs. You also can buy photos of Bordeaux taken by different artists. The photos are all certificated and so different because each artist has his own vue of this magnificent town. The owner of this shop is one of these photographers an nearly all prducts are created by himself....

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  • markets in Bordeaux

    well plenty of markets in Bordeaux , see the city page for them. However, after so many trips to the city my favorites are those around the Basilica Saint Michel. These are at Place Duburg and the Quai des Salinières .The marché royal, is for food delicious and very old, in fact it was from 1755, the governor sort of de Tourny decides to establish...

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Bordeaux Local Customs

  • From Jeanne d’Arc to Jeanne d’Oc

    Somehow I have always thought that the cult of Joan of Arc was limited to northern France and was of little interest to the southern half of the country. I even wrote as much on one of my Toulouse tips, the one on the Boulbonne Fountain. I hadn’t noticed that in Toulouse there is a square called Place Jeanne d’Arc (with its own Métro station), and...

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  • see vinyards of médoc from Bordeaux

    i never take tours, so can only tells you is much better on your own. they have walking section to guide you on your own.if you insist on a tour tryhttp://www.bordovino.com/the vinyards are done by TER train from st jean train station to pauillac.i go there by car.http://transgironde.gironde.fr/choose transport mode trainsthere is the tram C to...

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  • wines shops in Bordeaux

    please dont confuse wine and bordeaux, the wine is done outside Bordeaux, just the appellation or rating is told as Bordeaux, not the wine, it is done in the Médoc, n the Graves, etc. Therefore, here I give you my favorite wine places in Bordeaux. Could be a shopping tip but here is more cultural, part of the local life for milleniums so feel more...

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Bordeaux Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid Children's Clothing Stores

    The French have a passion for dressing-up their children and grandchildren hence it is not surprizing to encounter places like tthis on the walking-shopping streets. Our 4 year old grandson was soon scheduled to go fishing with his Bass Master father for the first time. We saw a complete outfit in green khaki from hat to boots. We did not buy the...

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  • Foreigner be careful

    Not a danger but be careful. After got thru x ray machine and waiting to go waiting area have to go thru police. They suspect something not right with my passport and i have to wait 40 minute. I think they got not enough info or maybe my new passport is laminated by unclear picture. Not my fault because since last 2 years Malaysia introduce new...

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  • Landmines

    French are really fond of dogs, who scatter pavements with unwanted subproducts. However, a french saying tells us that when you step one with your left foot it's a sign of good luck coming.As far as I have seen, it's overall a sign of a smelly shoe, and a sore bottom if you slip on it !

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Bordeaux Off The Beaten Path

  • Upper floor of the CAPC

    OK, I agree that it's ridiculous to dump a pile of coal on the floor, draw a white line around it and call it a work of art. It can’t even qualify as a provocation, since similar things have been done so often in recent decades.On the other hand, I must admit that this was the only item on the entire second floor of the CAPC (Museum of Contemporary...

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  • Porte Dijeaux

    The Porte Dijeaux, also known as Porte Dauphine is a stone gateway that was built from 1748-1753 as an entrance to the city – now in the city center.Readers of the French author François Mauriac may be interested to learn this gateway was built of stone from the quarry in Frontenac. This is a hard and dense sort of stone that was often used for the...

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  • Place du Palais

    This pleasant little square, with Porte Cailhau in the background, is now largely pedestrianized. It has several popular cafés and restaurants, but just one narrow lane for limited motor traffic, with access controlled a bollard which can be lowered for emergency vehicles or deliveries.But it has only been this way since 2010. Before that it was...

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Bordeaux Sports & Outdoors

  • Avoid the visitors section of the...

    Girondins de BordeauxThe visitors section is fenced and from where we sat you could only see one third of the pitch. Very disappointing.Both sets of supporters created a good atmosphere but not being able to watch the game properly completely spoilt the trip. Just as well Liverpool won or my memories would have all been very negative.

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  • The Stade Lescure

    The Stade Lescure, also known as Stade Chaban-Delmas. Buiilt in 1924 with an all seater capacity of 35,200.Man Utd actually won away for a change. 2-1.

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  • Match Tickets

    Why cant all football grounds behave like this?We were able to buy 4 match tickets for the Bordeaux v Man Utd Champions League Match from the Ticket Office at the Ground on the morning of the match, with no hassle!A great city !

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Bordeaux Favorites

  • Best Currency Exchange - ATM Machines

    It seems to always work out when we travel, the best exchange rate is when we withdrawal cash from the ATM machine. In France, my bank partners with BNP - Paribus. So, I will be keeping my eye out for their ATM.

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  • to see, and shop, markets and history of...

    plenty to do and see in Bordeaux, its really a nice town not much seen as most think is all wines.For Bordeaux you can get a general feel by browsing here at destination above right ,and the Bordeaux tourist office, then if any interest you ,you can come back to the forum for details. its your...

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  • The "Grosse Cloche" Is Not a Clock

    Cloche is French for bell and clocher means belfry (or bell-tower), derived from Celtic clocca or clang (the sound of a bell). A large clock in French is "horloge". This tower (actually originally a belfry part of a gate in the city wall is from the 13C. There were no clockwork mechanisms developed at that time. There is a modest bell in the arch...

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    Dec 22, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Joël Robuchon and Bernard Magrez just opened La Grande Maison! It is in the heart of Bordeaux, in a mansion of the beginning of the last century, facing the Institute Culturel Bernard Magrez, that nestles now this must address, residence of all the arts. Six luxurious and elegant rooms, side table, two offers of restoration, the gourmet restaurant and "Olivier" in a relaxed atmosphere. The art of entertaining French, between pure harmony and rare intimacy

 
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