Our TOP SIX things to do in Bordeaux

Are you passing through Bordeaux for a weekend or longer? Here are the six must-see sights in the city!

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  • Updated on

    21/09/2016

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    Bordeaux

1. A special itinerary of wine bars, with vaulted, bare-brick cellars

To give you the strength to visit the whole city centre, depart on a tour of the wine bars.

Le Toscane (place Camille Jullian), for a little hint of Italy in Bordeaux, Aux 4 coins du vins (Place St Pierre), where you can use a smart card to taste 40 wines, L’Oenolimit (place Fernand Lafargue), decorated using recycled materials with even an old billiards table, perfect for drinks with friends, and Le Petit Bois (18 Rue du Chai des Farines, Porte Cailhau), for its original décor and generous open sandwiches.

More wine bars here

2. A trip through Bordeaux’s unmissable sites

Start your journey with Tour Pey Berland, a tower located on the square of the same name, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have the strength, you can even climb the 233 steps to reach the summit of the tower, more than 50 metres above ground, to admire a panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux.

Continue your stroll with, not far from the tower, la Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, to discover the Saint-Seurin Basilica and its accompanying paleo-roman site…

Before rejoining the waterfront at La Garonne, take a little detour to the famous Bordeaux Opera House, more commonly known as Le Grand Théâtre. Also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with architecture typical of Bordeaux – inherited from the Age of Enlightenment – this monument has witnessed 200 years of different uses, and has rediscovered its traditional style since its renovation in 1991.

Then take a walk along La Garonne on the Quai des Chartrons, to reach the famous Pont Chaban Delmas… 433 metres long and containing as much steel as the Eiffel Tower, this jewel of modern architecture in Bordeaux is clearly unmissable.

3. Go green in Bordeaux’s public gardens or at the Parc Bordelais

Classed as “A remarkable garden of France”, Bordeaux’s public gardens are magnificent. This French green oasis is situated just a few steps from the city centre. Ideal for all the family (swings, play areas, old-style carrousel, etc.), it is also perfect for a romantic stroll!

We also love the little animal park in the Parc Bordelais – goats, ducks, a few exotic pigs, and more – as well as the wide paths and tracks for cycling and roller skating… and there’s also the large central lake, to laze around by on sunny days!

4. Brunch at Darwin’s Magasin Général

We love the setting of these decommissioned barracks and their industrial look, offering numerous activities: a skatepark, graffiti, beehives, co-working, etc. In the restaurant, the décor is created using recycled materials and the food is organic and delicious, at a reasonable price.

Tip: Try brunch on a Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

And if you still have an appetite after a delicious lunch at Darwin’s Magasin Général, why not try one of Bordeaux’s special Canelé pastries?

5. Have fun on the Miroir d’eau, emblematic of Bordeaux

Located in Place de la Bordeaux, just a few steps away from the waterfront, the Miroir d’eau is to Bordeaux what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. An unmissable sight in the town, it is the largest water mirror in the world – it looks like a paddling pool with a giant atomiser! A site that children will particularly adore…

6. Visit Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin

With architecture that is both contemporary and bold, the Cité du Vin, located on the banks of the Garonne at the entrance to the marina, is the world’s first centre where you can discover the end-to-end wine production process.

It offers a journey through time and space, to discover the various dimensions of wine, including culture, civilisation and patrimony, thanks to scientific, artistic, cultural and festive events, workshops, games, temporary exhibitions, and more. It’s all about the experience!

Useful information

Address: 150, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Opening times: every day, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Entry fee: between €8 and €32

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