Welcome to Bordeaux!
Bordeaux, France, might be best known for having the largest wine region in the country. There are more than 250,000 acres of vineyards throughout the region. But what else is this wine city known for? As you are well aware, you’ll have no problems finding well-known attractions, but instead, explore as a worldwide local to get the best experience. This is an insider’s guide of some of Bordeaux’s top attractions.
Where to Begin
Hopping off of the Paris to Bordeaux train, you might be at a loss for what to do. First, we recommend a to Saint Pierre District. This is the historic heart of Bordeaux and is known as the birthplace of Bordeaux. After the Roman town of Burdigala ceased to exist, the inhabitants moved away from the river, and the new city center became what is now the Saint-Pierre District. You need to walk around this district because you will absolutely love it!
Worldwide Local Tip: You must visit Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux. This is one of the oldest belfries in the region, built in 1775, and is free to visit. Don’t forget to check out both sides of the clock tower; it has two different faces.
Art in Bordeaux
While you are in Bordeaux, get off the typical path and explore more like a local by visiting Darwin Eco-Systeme. This is a huge project in the fields of arts and culture and has really put Bordeaux on the world map, outside of just the wine world. It has turned into what we call a friche industrielle, a vast complex of abandoned warehouses and barracks that has become a dynamic hub, crossing the arts, eco-sustainable start-ups, and an urban farm. Darwin is a heaven for graffiti artists and art studios for schools, with skateboard parks and locations for live music--showing the world that old industrial areas can be revitalized, not just destroyed.
Worldwide Local Tip: If hunger strikes, because the smell of bread, cheese, and meat float that are in the air 24/7, you need to visit Au Bistrot, and stop in at any of the delicious Bordeaux restaurants there. Some of the best food in Bordeaux is made here because this bistro sits between two of the best food markets in the city. This has been a popular neighborhood eatery for over a century. The family chefs are known for creating old-fashioned dishes such as boeuf braisé, which simmers for hours in front of diners sitting around the bar. Plus, of course, they have a fantastic wine list too.
Worldwide Local Tip: Located in the old town, foodies love to wander the streets of the Saint-Michel neighborhood; and in a split second, you can travel from Vietnam to Hungary, from the Tching Tchang Tchong to the Briocherie Hongroise, a cake shop where you’ll get the chance to savor some of the best pastries in town. Treat yourself to some flavors from Morocco at Les Saveurs de l’Atlas, where you’ll be in paradise!
Since you are in Bordeaux, you should probably enjoy a local favorite while you are here… wine! There are numerous options for exploring or joining in on a wine tour. Sip on a glass as you learn about what makes the Bordeaux grapes so special. Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity to partake in a tasting in one of the world’s largest wine regions.
If you aren’t able to make it out to the full wine region, but still want to taste a delicious red or white Bordeaux, your other option is to visit the only winery within city limits. Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is just half an hour away from the city center by tram (ask the manager of any of the Bordeaux hotels to help you navigate). Built in 1855, the design of the building, the surrounding gardens, and the vineyards will leave you standing in awe; and all that before you’ve even tasted the wine!
History in a Day
During the last days of your trip, you may be ready to unwind and enjoy wandering with no destination in mind. Well, we have the perfect place in mind for you: Place des Quinconces, one of the largest city squares in the world. Designed in 1820 and located on the former site of Château Trompette, a castle-fortress that once stood in the city, this is a perfect place to enjoy history, architecture, art, and soak up the Bordeaux weather in the great outdoors, all at the same time.
Enjoy Your Stay!
Bordeaux is a star on the rise as a location for visitors to visit, even those who aren’t just interested in drinking wine (though that is still a predominant part of the popular culture). Here in Bordeaux, the world gathers: lovers of art, architecture, history, nature, and so much more. Visit this city as a worldwide local to experience some of the best-kept secrets that Bordeaux has to offer. Every one of your senses will be engaged when you take a trip to the beautiful and breathtaking city of Bordeaux, France!