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Bordeaux Things to Do

  • Cathedral Saint Andre

    4 out of 5 stars

    The massive Cathedral St. Andre at Place J. Moulin is one of the centerpieces of central Bordeaux. Even with the large square it is almost impossible to get a photo of the entire cathedral. There are regularly scheduled organ concerts featuring the massive organ in the back. It took over 800 years to complete beginning with the 12th century...

  • 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.

  • Grand Theatre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Right in the middle of the city center at place comedie, is the regal Grand Theatre. Unfortunately the music/ballet season was over in July, but on the plus side they turned the theatre into a museum featuring the costumes of the myriad of ballets and opera staged there. The inside is quite stunning, with decorated boxes allowing full wonderful...

  • 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...

  • Basilique Saint Michel

    One of the buildings of Bordeaux that is visible from basically everywhere, the Basilique Saint Michel is also very beautiful and offers the best panoramic view from its belfry. The basilica was built between the 14th and 16th century in Gothic "flamboyant" style. It is one of South France's biggest churches and measures some 75m in length. While...

  • Pont de Pierre

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Pont de Pierre is a beautiful stone bridge which was completed in 1822 after being commissioned by Napoleon. The bridge is quite amazing and was the first bridge built across the Garonne. It is said that the bridge could only be compared to those magnificient bridges in Paris, and I quite agree. During dusk you can appreciate the bridge in...


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Bordeaux Restaurants

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Great food, but very slow service

    While we normally tried to eat a bit away from the main tourist spots, we went here for my final night in Bordeaux. The location is just perfect: under the shadow of an old tree directly on the beautiful Place Saint Pierre. Naturally, this meant higher prices than normally and unfortunately also a worse service...The food, however, was perfect: I...


Bordeaux Nightlife

  • theater life in Bordeaux

    the main in contact 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...


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,...

  • Bicycle storage on local trains

    Many of the local trains have special room to store a bicycle. This made it very easy to travel between towns, unload my bike and begin exploring. The conductors were very helpful in making sure I was pointed in the right direction for the bicycle storage.

  • Esprit Cycle

    I found that renting a bicycle from a local shop in Bordeaux a most excellent way to explore Bordeaux. While the tram and bus system is convenient, having a bike enabled me to easily go from one place to the next. Plus Bordeaux has many bike lanes that cover most of the main routes in the city. The bike was relatively tame, medium tires, a rack on...


Bordeaux Shopping

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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 Wine


Bordeaux Local Customs

  • 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...

  • Graffiti Bordeaux

    Bordeaux has some super graffiti, murals and street art, despite being such an ancient historic city. No doubt it is related to the fact there are over 60,000 students in the city! I came by train to Bordeaux and noticed there was graffiti 'peices' on almost every spare wall by the tracks for the last few km's of the journey.The city council cracks...

  • Bordeaux Wine

    Bordeaux is a wine lovers paradise. Its famous red wines are recognised all over the world. The prices are good here and the quality is excellent. We tried many locals wines at the restaurants in the city and at a wine festival which coincided with our visit.


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...

  • 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...

  • 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 !


Bordeaux Off The Beaten Path

  • abbey Sainte Croix or Holy Cross,...

    This is an old abbey in a nice quaint district The Church was benedictine monastery before. Although the Abbey was founded in the 7C, the present church was built until the late 11C to 12C with a Romanesque façade saintongeais. It has the shape of a Latin cross. It consists of a nave of five bays to collateral, a transept with a large apse on each...

  • muséé du vins de Bordeaux

    Cellier des Chartrons, 41 Rue Borie, 33000 Bordeaux just across from the quai des chartrons you will have a wonderful museum in the city with all the great bottles and tastings before even going to the real wine area of the médocIts a smallist place for a museum but very compact, plenty to see the whole process with good documentation and great...

  • big clocktower(porte St Eloi) of...

    a unique building tower housing a big clock. A Landmark in Bordeaux and nice to stop by, on a picturesque street. Grosse cloche de Bordeaux.It is inscribe on the clocktower the followingJ'appelle aux armes (I call to arms)J'annonce les jours ( I announce the days)Je donne les heures (I give the hours)Je chasse l'orage ( I chase the storms)Je sonne...


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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !


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.

  • 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...

  • 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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