A Guide To Bordeaux, France


No matter if you enjoy fine wine, arts, strolls in beautiful parks, or fantastic shopping, Bordeaux is a city that anyone can enjoy. 

Famed for its wine, Bordeaux is the place to go if you are a wine enthusiast or somebody who simply enjoys trying the worlds best wines. Bordeaux is second largest wine hub in the world, which is located in southwestern France on the Garonne River. 

As well as trying good wine and learning about the history and production of wine throughout Bordeaux, there are many more things to see and explore. 

For those looking to spend one, two, three, or more days in the beautiful French city, here are some of the best things to do — as well as some tips to take along with you.

Place de la Bourse

Place de la Bourse is the most famous site in Bordeaux. It is a square, free to visit, that was built along the Garonne River in 1730. While there, cross over the road from the majestic square to the Miroir d’Eau — “water mirror” — where you will find a body of water that beautifully reflects the most photographed site in Bordeaux. 

TOP TIP: if you feel peckish or fancy a middle afternoon cocktail, head to Le Gabriel, located in the centre of the square. 

Quais de Bordeaux

After visiting Place de la Bourse and Miroir d’Eau, take yourself for a walk along Quais de Bordeaux — a pretty walking bank that runs along the Garonne River. 

Boat rides (BAT Le Bateau Bordeaux) will float up and down, which you can join for either 3 euro or 4 euro for a return journey. They run every 20 minutes or so throughout the day. 

If you want to stop off for some food or a refreshment, try out Ibaia Cafe, located right at the top of the bank side walk. 

La Cite du Vin

Arguably one of the most popular tourist sites, alongside Place de la Bourse, is the La Cite du Vin. This is a modern wine museum that wine enthusiasts, experts, or newbies can enjoy. 

The high-tech museum is an immersive experience, which will walk you through the history of wine, tasting sessions, and more. 

As part of the ticket (that costs around 21 euros) you will be offered the chance to visit the 8th floor and enjoy a glass of wine. There, you can see panoramic views of the city and enjoy a wine of choice. 

TOP TIP: should your legs feel tired or you really want to take a boat ride on the Garonne River, get the boat as it stops right outside the museum. 

Jardin Public

Since its creation in 1746, Jardin Public has been a place for locals and tourists to wind down and relax. 

This open park is a great place to come and sit to read, relax, have a picnic, and breathe in some fresh air. In the park, you will find a restaurant (L’Orangerie) and Jardin Botanique (a beautiful botanical garden space). 

Other attractions to add to the list

Alongside adding these top spots and recommendations to your list, here are some other places to visit while you walk around the city. Some of which, you can pay a fee to explore the inside of. Others, you can take a nosey at from the outside (and maybe some snaps for the memories). 

Shopping

Food

With there being so much to see, do, and enjoy in Bordeaux, it is a French city that will never disappoint. Although there might seem like a lot to do, the city is walkable and easy to explore within two to three days. For that reason, it is an ideal city break to wine, dine, and let your hair down. 

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