Bordeaux City Guide

Written by on May 2, 2016 in Aquitaine


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.


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.


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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