Destination Guide: Bordeaux
Fruity red wines, haute couture and neo-classical
Window-shop along gilded 18th-century avenues and admire majestic riverside façades. Visit classical art and history museums and enjoy gourmet dining accompanied by fine Bordeaux wines.
Dine on hearty Bordeaux fare or classic brasserie dishes. Savour foie gras, duck and game with full-bodied local wines in the gourmet restaurants of Old Bordeaux and Chartrons. Or choose popular old brasseries for fresh local oysters and langoustines. Head to riverside Place de la Victoire for lively al fresco dining.
Marvel at grandiose 18th-century façades and explore a goldmine of museums. Stroll elegant avenues in Old Bordeaux and admire the imposing neo-classical Grand Théâtre. Take in stirring views of magnificent riverside architecture, or appreciate something more modern at the Contemporary Arts Museum. A trip to the pretty village of St Emilion is perfect for a spot of wine tasting.
Browse haute couture boutiques or search for antiques. Treat yourself to Louis Vuitton luggage or Cartier jewellery from the ‘Golden Triangle' of grand avenues in Old Bordeaux, especially along Cours de l'Intendance. Take home rich local wines from the bustling, pedestrianised rue Ste Catherine. The Chartrons district is filled with antiques shops.
Take in a ballet or dance the night away. For opera, ballet and concerts in a glorious 18th-century setting, book tickets at the Grand Théâtre in Old Bordeaux. Or join the locals bar-hopping; pubs, music bars and dance venues line the River Garonne and the picturesque waterside quays.