Bordeaux Guidebook

Jenny

Bordeaux Guidebook

Food Scene - Nearby
A great place for reasonably priced good bistro food. Typical French ambiance! Best of all - less than a minute from the apartment! Turn right as you leave the accommodation.
La Brasserie des Chartrons
8 Quai de Bacalan
A great place for reasonably priced good bistro food. Typical French ambiance! Best of all - less than a minute from the apartment! Turn right as you leave the accommodation.
This quirky but very charming little place is FABULONS and the owners are ADORABLE! The best VEGAN food in town. On the ground floor in the same building as the apartment. Do drop by and say hi, you’ll be made very welcome! Order downstairs or online at restobordeaux.fr
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Rest'O
16 Quai de Bacalan
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This quirky but very charming little place is FABULONS and the owners are ADORABLE! The best VEGAN food in town. On the ground floor in the same building as the apartment. Do drop by and say hi, you’ll be made very welcome! Order downstairs or online at restobordeaux.fr
A lively, colourful indoor food market. Great place to grab a bite to eat. 10 min. walk from the apartment, opposite the Cité du Vin.
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Les Halles Bacalan
10 Quai de Bacalan
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A lively, colourful indoor food market. Great place to grab a bite to eat. 10 min. walk from the apartment, opposite the Cité du Vin.
A bouchon is a particular style of restaurant with its origins in the city of Lyon. Lyonnaise cooking is classically meaty, with typical dishes including roast pork or duck. Au Bouchon des Chartrons has successfully adopted this style, cooking with fresh organic produce.
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Au Bouchon des Chartrons
52 Quai de Bacalan
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A bouchon is a particular style of restaurant with its origins in the city of Lyon. Lyonnaise cooking is classically meaty, with typical dishes including roast pork or duck. Au Bouchon des Chartrons has successfully adopted this style, cooking with fresh organic produce.
Great for a no-fuss snack or something more substantial. A very pleasant riverside setting just across the road from the apartment.
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Makila Kafé
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Great for a no-fuss snack or something more substantial. A very pleasant riverside setting just across the road from the apartment.
Riverside location, 2 minutes from the apartment (direction the lift bridge). Nice for breakfast.
Starbucks Coffee
17 Quai des Chartrons
Riverside location, 2 minutes from the apartment (direction the lift bridge). Nice for breakfast.
Very popular outdoor venue for warm summer nights! Music, drinks and food aboard the iBoat, docked in the cool Bassins à flots (Bacalan) neighbourhood.
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IBOAT
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Very popular outdoor venue for warm summer nights! Music, drinks and food aboard the iBoat, docked in the cool Bassins à flots (Bacalan) neighbourhood.
Le Carré, on the Place du Marché dès Chartrons, is one of my favourite local restaurants (15 min from the apartment on foot). I prefer eating upstairs. It’s just a nice relaxed place to enjoy good food and wine.
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Le Carré
1 Place du Marché Chartrons
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Le Carré, on the Place du Marché dès Chartrons, is one of my favourite local restaurants (15 min from the apartment on foot). I prefer eating upstairs. It’s just a nice relaxed place to enjoy good food and wine.
When all you want is a pizza to eat in! A minute from the flat (turn right leaving the accommodation).
Domino's Pizza
7 Quai de Bacalan
When all you want is a pizza to eat in! A minute from the flat (turn right leaving the accommodation).
Nearby bakery
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Au Pétrin Moissagais
72 Cours de la Martinique
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Nearby bakery
Nearby bakery (10 minutes on foot)
PAUL
51 Cours du Médoc
Nearby bakery (10 minutes on foot)
Food Scene - Downtown
Formerly the Maison Gobineau, this wine bar boasts a superb choice of reasonably priced wines by the glass, with snacks, and knowledgeable sommeliers to guide you. Can get very busy (be prepared to queue). A must do!
Maison du Vin de Bordeaux
1 Cours du 30 Juillet
Formerly the Maison Gobineau, this wine bar boasts a superb choice of reasonably priced wines by the glass, with snacks, and knowledgeable sommeliers to guide you. Can get very busy (be prepared to queue). A must do!
Very popular restaurant with an eclectic style and a cute garden. Live music certain nights. Reservation essential.
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Frida
29 Rue Buhan
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Very popular restaurant with an eclectic style and a cute garden. Live music certain nights. Reservation essential.
Unpretentious restaurant in a cute location. Great local food, reasonable prices, friendly service, never been disappointed!
HUSH HUSH
30 Rue Sainte-Colombe
Unpretentious restaurant in a cute location. Great local food, reasonable prices, friendly service, never been disappointed!
Strictly for meat lovers! Steak and French fries only! The Entrecôte is a Bordeaux institution. No reservations - you have to queue. Go early (6.45 pm) or late (9.30 pm) for best chance of a table.
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L'Entrecôte
4 Cours du 30 Juillet
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Strictly for meat lovers! Steak and French fries only! The Entrecôte is a Bordeaux institution. No reservations - you have to queue. Go early (6.45 pm) or late (9.30 pm) for best chance of a table.
Managed by Philippe Etchebest, the celebrated French TV chef. I’ve had better welcomes, but this is still a good venue for a special lunch.
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Le Quatrième Mur
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Managed by Philippe Etchebest, the celebrated French TV chef. I’ve had better welcomes, but this is still a good venue for a special lunch.
Fabulous Portuguese custard tarts to take out
L'Atelier des Pastéis
10 Rue Saint-Rémi
Fabulous Portuguese custard tarts to take out
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Le Bouchon Bordelais
2 Rue Courbin
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A very swanky ground floor bar for luxury cocktails and rooftop bar for drinks and nibbles in the summer. Pricey.
InterContinental Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel
2-5 Place de la Comédie
A very swanky ground floor bar for luxury cocktails and rooftop bar for drinks and nibbles in the summer. Pricey.
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Marché des Capucins
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Canelés Baillardran
111 Rue de la Porte Dijeaux
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A fun place with a really quirky interior, stop here and enjoy a coffee, a glass of Bordeaux Lillet (local aperitif) or a glass of champagne!
Grand Bar Castan
2 Quai de la Douane
A fun place with a really quirky interior, stop here and enjoy a coffee, a glass of Bordeaux Lillet (local aperitif) or a glass of champagne!
A fun place to enjoy good Italian food!
Palatino
8 Rue de la Merci
A fun place to enjoy good Italian food!
Food Scene - Rive Droite
On the other side of the Pont de Pierre, the Pizza del Arte is a cheap, cheerful and very good address for all things Italian. A table on the sunny terrace, overlooking Bordeaux on the other side of the river, is always a treat!
Ristorante Del Arte
7 Quai des Queyries
On the other side of the Pont de Pierre, the Pizza del Arte is a cheap, cheerful and very good address for all things Italian. A table on the sunny terrace, overlooking Bordeaux on the other side of the river, is always a treat!
For the best view of Bordeaux from a relaxed riverside garden this is the place to be from early spring to autumn to relax while listening to music with a drink, dinner or nibbles. Gets busy, don’t turn up too late.
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La Guinguette Chez Alriq
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For the best view of Bordeaux from a relaxed riverside garden this is the place to be from early spring to autumn to relax while listening to music with a drink, dinner or nibbles. Gets busy, don’t turn up too late.
Superb Michelin-starred restaurant with pleasant patio. Expensive, but excellent value for money. Tram A to Jardin Botanique then 3 minutes on foot walking away from the city centre.
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L'Oiseau Bleu
127 Avenue Thiers
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Superb Michelin-starred restaurant with pleasant patio. Expensive, but excellent value for money. Tram A to Jardin Botanique then 3 minutes on foot walking away from the city centre.
Great views of Bordeaux from across the river and good food. Very crowded on a summer evening. Reservation essential.
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Le Café du Port
1 Quai Deschamps
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Great views of Bordeaux from across the river and good food. Very crowded on a summer evening. Reservation essential.
Food Scene - Other
The Michelin-starred restaurant at the Hotel Saint James is for serious foodies, with prices to match. Superb terrace overlooking Bordeaux. Highly recommended if you enjoy gourmet dining.
Hotel Saint-James by Jean Nouvel
1B Rue Camille Hosteins
The Michelin-starred restaurant at the Hotel Saint James is for serious foodies, with prices to match. Superb terrace overlooking Bordeaux. Highly recommended if you enjoy gourmet dining.
Enjoy an unforgettable lunch on the terrace with to-die-for views over the Bay of Arcachon
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Hôtel Restaurant La Coorniche
46 Avenue Louis Gaume
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Enjoy an unforgettable lunch on the terrace with to-die-for views over the Bay of Arcachon
Head to this restaurant (La Terrasse Rouge) near St Emilion (car required) for fabulous views over the vineyard and good - but a little pricey - bistrot food. Worth going for a treat!
Château La Dominique
1 La Dominique
Head to this restaurant (La Terrasse Rouge) near St Emilion (car required) for fabulous views over the vineyard and good - but a little pricey - bistrot food. Worth going for a treat!
The first Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in France. You’ll need to book well ahead of you want to try this one. Located in Ares on Arcachon Bay.
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ONA
3bis Rue Paul Wallerstein
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The first Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in France. You’ll need to book well ahead of you want to try this one. Located in Ares on Arcachon Bay.
Sightseeing - Bordeaux
First stop for local advice! 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux (close to Place des Quinconces) bordeaux-tourism.co.uk
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Bordeaux Tourism Office
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First stop for local advice! 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux (close to Place des Quinconces) bordeaux-tourism.co.uk
Hop aboard a red bus for a whistle-stop tour of Bordeaux with commentary. Great way to get an overall feel for the city or visit the main attractions when time is short (note: tour does not include the Cathédrale St André as the bus cannot negotiate the Place Pey Berland)
Bordeaux City Tours
12 Cours du 30 Juillet
Hop aboard a red bus for a whistle-stop tour of Bordeaux with commentary. Great way to get an overall feel for the city or visit the main attractions when time is short (note: tour does not include the Cathédrale St André as the bus cannot negotiate the Place Pey Berland)
The Water Mirror is a must-see! Created as part of the urban redesign undertaken by mayor Juppé. Nice for a cooling splash in hot weather!
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Le Miroir d'eau
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The Water Mirror is a must-see! Created as part of the urban redesign undertaken by mayor Juppé. Nice for a cooling splash in hot weather!
Built in 1495, the Porte Cailhau was once the main gate to the city. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from the top. Exhibition & audio-visual presentation.
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Cailhau Gate Bordeaux
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Built in 1495, the Porte Cailhau was once the main gate to the city. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from the top. Exhibition & audio-visual presentation.
Weighing 7,750 kilos, the “Big Bell” - named Armande Louise - is rung for major celebrations and on the first Sunday of each month at noon. The construction dates from the Middle Ages. The pretty Rue Saint James (several coffee shops) passes through the arch.
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The Big Bell of Bordeaux
45 Rue Saint-James
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Weighing 7,750 kilos, the “Big Bell” - named Armande Louise - is rung for major celebrations and on the first Sunday of each month at noon. The construction dates from the Middle Ages. The pretty Rue Saint James (several coffee shops) passes through the arch.
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Catedral de Bordéus
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Pey Berland Tower
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Basílica de São Miguel
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Monument to the Girondins, Place des Quinconces. One of Bordeaux’s most distinctive landmarks. The monument honors the Girondins, a group of moderate bourgeois National Assembly MPs (députés) during the French Revolution. 22 of them were executed in 1793 after being convicted of counter-revolutionary activities.
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Girondins Monument
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Monument to the Girondins, Place des Quinconces. One of Bordeaux’s most distinctive landmarks. The monument honors the Girondins, a group of moderate bourgeois National Assembly MPs (députés) during the French Revolution. 22 of them were executed in 1793 after being convicted of counter-revolutionary activities.
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La Cité du Vin
134 Quai de Bacalan
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Running along the River Garonne from Hangar 15 (Cours du Médoc) to Hangar 19 (Chaban-Delmas lift bridge), a selection of outlet stores, restaurants and cafés - 2 minutes from the apartment.
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Quai des Marques
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Running along the River Garonne from Hangar 15 (Cours du Médoc) to Hangar 19 (Chaban-Delmas lift bridge), a selection of outlet stores, restaurants and cafés - 2 minutes from the apartment.
Darwin Ecosystem - Located on Bordeaux’s right bank, in the Bastide district, this former military barracks has been rehabilitated as an inspiring urban ecosystem. Café, restaurant, grocery shop. Worth a visit!
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La Societé des Vieux Copains
87 Quai des Queyries
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Darwin Ecosystem - Located on Bordeaux’s right bank, in the Bastide district, this former military barracks has been rehabilitated as an inspiring urban ecosystem. Café, restaurant, grocery shop. Worth a visit!
Bassins de Lumières
Sightseeing - Region
A medieval town and some of the most prestigious vineyards in France! Don’t miss a 35 min. trip around the local châteaux on the tourist “train”, with commentary in French and English. Check out Go Jauntly (free app) for local walks. Treat yourself to lunch at the nearby Château Dominique/La Terrasse Rouge. You could combine a trip to St Emilion with a stop in Libourne to see the local market.
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Saint-Émilion
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A medieval town and some of the most prestigious vineyards in France! Don’t miss a 35 min. trip around the local châteaux on the tourist “train”, with commentary in French and English. Check out Go Jauntly (free app) for local walks. Treat yourself to lunch at the nearby Château Dominique/La Terrasse Rouge. You could combine a trip to St Emilion with a stop in Libourne to see the local market.
In St Emilion, don’t miss a 1-hour guided tour of the Château Soutard wine estate. Highly recommended. Available in French and English. Tour finishes with a short wine-tasting session. Costs approx. 10€ / person. Call ahead to book your tour.
Château Soutard
In St Emilion, don’t miss a 1-hour guided tour of the Château Soutard wine estate. Highly recommended. Available in French and English. Tour finishes with a short wine-tasting session. Costs approx. 10€ / person. Call ahead to book your tour.
The Dune de Pyla, a boat trip on the bay, oysters and wine - a great day by the sea! Take the train to Arcachon from the Gare St Jean in Bordeaux.
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Baía de Arcachon
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The Dune de Pyla, a boat trip on the bay, oysters and wine - a great day by the sea! Take the train to Arcachon from the Gare St Jean in Bordeaux.
Parks and green spaces
Space to run around, several children’s playgrounds, duck pond, orangerie. The Jardin Public offers a soothing green space in the city centre.
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jardin public
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Space to run around, several children’s playgrounds, duck pond, orangerie. The Jardin Public offers a soothing green space in the city centre.
Parc Angélique
Angelic park
Parc Angélique
On the rive droite, accessible from the Parc aux Angéliques. Well worth a visit in combination with a stop at the Darwin Ecosystem.
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Jardin Botanique
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On the rive droite, accessible from the Parc aux Angéliques. Well worth a visit in combination with a stop at the Darwin Ecosystem.
Very pleasant recently redesigned green space in the city centre. Great for an urban picnic or a coffee break on your shopping tour!
Place Gambetta
1 Place Gambetta
Very pleasant recently redesigned green space in the city centre. Great for an urban picnic or a coffee break on your shopping tour!
Very nice small adventure park on the edge of town. Easy access via tram C from Quinconces to Ausone (direction Gare de Blanquefort). See my walks on Go Jauntly (free app).
Parc Ausone
6 Rue Beyerman
Very nice small adventure park on the edge of town. Easy access via tram C from Quinconces to Ausone (direction Gare de Blanquefort). See my walks on Go Jauntly (free app).