Bordeaux City Guide

Written by on May 2, 2016 in Aquitaine

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Aquitaine’s “pearl”, the city of Bordeaux, is elegant, sophisticated, packed with beautiful buildings, fabulous restaurants and is THE place to go if you love wine.

It’s a town to wander on foot or to be whizzed around by futuristic trams that criss cross the city – they’re easy to use and very economical.

Bordeaux City Guide

Best way to find your bearings: nip to the tourist office (12 Cours du 30 Juillet) and check out the tours. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can help you pick a tour to suit. Try a wine tasting tour on a bus round town, an express tour of St Emilion’s glorious vineyards close by or a city tour by double decker plus a whole load more.

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Or wander: Ancient buildings, quirky shops, fabulous cafés, elegant squares – this sunny town is perfect for the café lifestyle. Bordeaux has the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe so finding a souvenir to take home shouldn’t be a problem (rue Ste Catherine)! Don’t miss Le Miroir – Bordeaux’s stunning water sculpture in front of the Place du Bourse is a must see.

Eating and Drinking: Huge choice. Massive. Nip to the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux for a relaxing drink in a classy setting (you might bump into one Gordon Ramsay – he has a restaurant there). Nip across the road to dine in style at another of Bordeaux’s most prestigious eateries, the Café Opera at the Grand Theatre. Try wine tasting – there are lots of wine bar specialists. And don’t forget to try the local speciality, cannelé, with a caramelised shell and sweet tender centre, it’s seriously lush.

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Top Tip: 1, 2 and 3 day City Pass covers you for public transport, museums, city bus tour, guided walking tour – great value.

More on Bordeaux
What to see in Bordeaux – things to ooh and ah over!
Saint Emilion – a day trip from Bordeaux

Bordeaux Tourism website

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