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A Perfect Week-end in Bordeaux – Most Beautiful City of France

October 13, 2020

Why you should visit Bordeaux

Capital of Aquitaine and largest city of the South West, Bordeaux is also the second city with the most Unesco classified monument of France. Bordeaux is not only a gorgeous city, but also probably the most famous city in the world for its wine: The Vin de Bordeaux.

Offering a range of monuments from Roman times to the most modern city of wine, a week-end in Bordeaux will allow you to discover many wonderful things.

When is the best time to visit Bordeaux?

The best month to visit Bordeaux are April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The coldest months are January and February and the most rainy January, February and November. Although, there is no rule and you can have a perfect stay in January if you do not mind the weather. Prices are likely to also be more affordable outside July and August.

How many days should I spend in Bordeaux?

You need a full day to discover the city center of Bordeaux and its main area. We recommend to spend at least a couple of days to discover Bordeaux and ideally a few days to also visit its vicinity.

Where to stay in Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, you have ample choice of hotels and vacation rentals. We both work in a company providing flats in Bordeaux, so do not hesitate to book directly with us at GuestReady!

The Historical City Center

While looking for an accommodation in Bordeaux, we recommend you to focus on the city center. Most of the historical monuments, plazas and museums are located there. It is also the most expensive area, so if you want to save some money, you can probably check one of the other options!

Buildings in the historical city center of Bordeaux
Buildings in the historical city center of Bordeaux

In the Chartrons

Located at the North of the city center, the Chartrons is a gentrified artistic neighbourhood of Bordeaux. Filled with cool bars and antique shops, it is the perfect place to spend a week-end in Bordeaux or more.

Bastide neighbourhood

Bastide, unlike the other neighbourhoods is on the left side of the Garonne. The area is famous for its botanical garden and is only a few minutes away from the historical center. It is definitely not as nice as the other area we recommend, but also much cheaper.

The cute streets of Bordeaux
The cute streets of Bordeaux

What to do in Bordeaux

Visit some wine caves and wine bars

If Bordeaux was famous for one thing and one only, it would be its wine. You cannot say you visited Bordeaux if you did not spend some time tasting wine – and probably bring some back with you!

Bordeaux has many wine bars, we can recommend a few but do not hesitate to let us know if you loved other – we’ll try them on our next visit!

Le Flacon

We found Le Flacon while wandering around Bordeaux looking for “natural” wines and were immediately attracted by their boutique. Their logo is an hare carrying a couple of bottle of wine – if you see it you should definitely follow the black rabbit! They are extremely helpful when it comes to choosing the right wine and detailing the story of each of the bottle we were interested about.

Le flacon offers a very large selection of natural wines and the cave is also opened as a bar which we still have to try!

Address: 9 Place du Maucaillou, 33800 Bordeaux

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Le Flacon logo

Aux 4 Coins du Vin

Aux 4 Coins du Vin is a wine bar situated in the historical center of Bordeaux. There, you can chose between various glasses and bottles from all around the world! The bar conveniently also serves some simple but delicious tapas. Eventually, it is also a wine cave: you can buy any bottle you liked.

Address: 8 Rue de la Devise, 33000 Bordeaux

Explore the Historical Center of Bordeaux

While you visit Bordeaux, you can spend a full day exploring its city center, walking or cycling around. We compiled a selection of our favourite place to discover while visiting the city center.

 The Historical city center of Bordeaux and its flower shops
The Historical city center of Bordeaux and its flower shops

The Miroir d’eau – The Water Mirror

Probably the most photographed place of Bordeaux, and definitely worth a selfie, the water mirror le mirroir d’eau is unmissable.

Address : Place de la bourse. Bordeaux 33000.

The Miroir d'eau in Bordeaux - Place de la Bourse
The Miroir d’eau in Bordeaux – Place de la Bourse

The Porte Cailhau – Door Cailhau

Built in 1494 and 35m high, the porte Cailhau (Door Cailhau) is the most famous door and old entrance of Bordeaux. From its summit, you can overlook the Garonne and the roofs of Bordeaux, definitely worth the climb!

Adresse : Place du Palais, Bordeaux 33000.

Girondins Monument – The Monument aux Girondins

At the center of Place Qinconces, with its 43m high column, you cannot miss it! A beautiful water fountains, with its gorgeous horses.

Address: Place des Quinconces. Bordeaux 33000.

The Jardin Public – The Public Garden

A haven of peace in the heart of the city. The gorgeous Jardin Public is a perfect place to relax for an afternoon.

Basilica of St. Michael and its Fléche

The Basilica of St Michael, famous for La Fléche (the spire), its 114m high belltower. La Fléche is the second highest belltower in France after the Cathedral of Strasbourg.

It is possible to climb up to the belltower with a stair, and enjoy an amazing view over Bordeaux… if you are courageous enough!

Address : Cours Jules Ladoumègue. Bordeaux 33000.

Le Grand Théâtre – The Big Theater

Inaugurated in 1780, the Grand Théâtre is the opera house of Bordeaux. It was deigned as a temple of the Arts and Light, and it is as beautiful inside as it is outside.

Address: Place de la Comédie Bordeaux, 33000

The Pont de pierre – The Stone Bridge

The Stone Bridge is the first bridge built to cross over the Garonne. It connects the right bank and the left bank of Bordeaux. The bridge is 487m long and is open only to pedestrians, cyclists and trams.

Walking along the Garonne river
Walking along the Garonne river

Visit the City of Wine

Located in the North of Bordeaux, in Bacalan, La Cité du Vin is an atypical new-generation museum, dedicated to wine. It offers an immersive experience to discover wine and oenology (the science of wine) in 8 languages (including English).

The City of Wine is accessible to wine newbie as well as wine expert. You will discover vineyard from across the globe, the secret of wine production, the history of wine… You even have a dedicated area for children (it’s France, after all!).

The City of Wine is now one of the most famous attraction, located in an incredible modern building. We definitely recommend you to stop by while visiting Bordeaux.

Do not hesitate to book your ticket in advance for the city of wine.

Visit Bordeaux by bike

Bordeaux is with Strasbourg, amongst the most friendly city for bike in France. More than 2,000 bikes are spread over 179 nine stations, managed by Bordeaux Public Transport (TBM). All the monuments and point of interests are within 5 minutes of a bike station. Thus, this is the perfect way to visit Bordeaux!

You can rent a bike for 1.70€/day with 30 minutes free by pickup (2€ after that). To avoid the 2 euros payment, simply drop off your bike before 30 minutes and take another whenever you need one.

You can find more information on TBM website: www.infotbm.com/en/v3.

Bordeaux - the big bell and bike in the street
Bordeaux – the big bell and bike in the street

Where to eat in Bordeaux

Street and restaurants of Bordeaux
Street and restaurants of Bordeaux

With over 1,600 restaurants, Bordeaux is the French city with the most restaurant per inhabitant (1 for every 285 people living in Bordeaux). It is often ranked as the best city for French gastronomy, with Paris and Lyon!

Recently, many modern restaurants, lead by young chef opened and added a touch of modernity to the more traditional gastronomy. In our opinion, the food scene in Bordeaux is one of the most diverse of France: modern cuisine, famous Michelin-stars chef, street food, … everyone can find a place they love in Bordeaux!

Bo-Tannique

Situated in the historical French Bo-Tannique serves French authentic but original dishes. We love the place: the dishes are delicious, the staff very friendly, the wine good and the price reasonable! Definitely one great place to stop by in Bordeaux.

💻: bo-tannique-bordeaux.eatbu.com.
🗺: 2 rue Tustal, Place Saint Projet, 33000 Bordeaux, France
📞:+33556813492

Brunch at Suzzi Kafé

Suzzi is a Nordic (Swedish) café, very trending in Bordeaux. They serve mainly swedish specialy, including cinnamon rolls , our smörgås (delicious open sandwiches) and raggmunk (swedish potato pancakes). It is the best place we found so far for a brunch of breakfast in Bordeaux! The dishes are very colourful and delicious, the coffee is amazing, and you can enjoy a seat on their little terrace! The only downside: you can’t book and it’s popular. Be ready to wait if you try to brunch there on Saturday or Sunday.

💻: https://suzzikafe.fr/en/
🗺: 1, rue Beaubadat 33000 Bordeaux France
📞:+339 83 52 18 80

Burgers at Kokomo

Are the best burgers in America? Maybe, or they could be in Bordeaux in Kokomo. Kokomo Cantine Americaine (American canteen) is a restaurant located in Place Fernand Lafargue, one of the trendy area of Bordeaux food scene. Their burgers are simply delicious, and while it can be sad to not enjoy the traditional gastronomic French food while in Bordeaux – it is often good to be self-indulgent.

💻: www.kokomoburgers.com
🗺: 9 place Fernand Lafargue, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Gourmet dinner at Garopapilles

For a modern and amazing experience of French cuisine, we recommend the 1-michelin star restaurant Garopapilles. Created by two young partners, a chef and a sommelier, it is the perfect place to discover the wine from the Bordelais as well as French modern gastronomy. As in most Michelin star restaurants, you will need to book quite a bit in advance to get a table.

💻: https://garopapilles.com/
🗺: 62 Rue Abbé de l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux, France
📞:+339 72 45 55 36

At Philippe Etchebest brasserie: “Le quatrième mur”

Philippe Etchebest is one of France most famous chef – often compared to Gordon Ramsay as they both present TV programmes about competitive cookery and food. Both Gordon Ramsay and Etchebest have a restaurant in Bordeaux: Le quatrième mur (Etchebest) and Le Pressoir d’Argent (Gordon Ramsay). If you can afford it, we recommend to try both of those Michelin stars restaurant – altough if you can’t, le quatrième mur is also a high-end brasserie with more reasonable price. Located in one of the most iconic place of Bordeaux, the Place de la Comédie, you will enjoy a delicious and fresh meal conceived by one of France most famous chef.

💻: www.quatrieme-mur.com
🗺: 2 Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux, 33000 Bordeaux, France
📞:+335 56 02 49 7

A brasserie in Bordeaux
A brasserie in Bordeaux

What to do near Bordeaux

If you are spending more than a couple of days in the region, there are also plenty of places to visit around Bordeaux!

The Bassin d’Arcachon

Probably the most famous location around Bordeaux, the Bassin d’Arcachon is one of the favourite holiday place of French people. It is located at around 1 hour of Bordeaux, on the Atlantic coast.

The Bassin d’Arcachon is famous for its oysters, the biggest sand dune of Europe: The Dune of Pilat. It is a luxurious beach destination in France: do not expect cheap prices, it is France capital of Oysters after all!

You can discover more about Arcachon in our article: our favourite things to do in the Bassin d’Arcachon.

The Vineyards of the Bordelais

The Bordelais (the vicinity of Bordeaux) is without doubt the most famous place in the world for its red wine. Famous for its grand crues, often priced well above 100 euros a bottle such as Château Latour, Château Margaux or Château Cheval Blanc, the Bordelais is also producing very good and reasonably price wines. Visiting the domains is an excellent opportunity to discover wine as well as acquire some very good bottles directly with the winemaker.

In France, most of vineyards and chateau are opened to the public from time to time, you can find some examples of itineraries on https://www.itineraires-vignobles.fr/en/ and adjust it if you want to visit specific vineyards!

How to go to Bordeaux

Visit Bordeaux By Car

Bordeaux is located in South West of France and is very easy to access by car. Travelling from Paris, you will take around 5 hours to reach the city.

However – driving in Bordeaux is not a pleasant experience: the city is built around bike and public transport, and everything is done to discourage car driver inside the city. Once you reach Bordeaux, it is best to park your car and enjoy the city walking or biking. Only use your car if you plan to visit the region.

If your hotel or your vacation rental does not have a parking, you can easily find one on Parclick.

⚠️ In France, travelling by car during summer holidays on week-end is rarely a good idea. Almost the whole country will be on the road the first 2 week-ends of August, leading to huge traffic jam all around the country!

Bordeaux – a city with great public transport and bike friendly

Visit Bordeaux By plane

Bordeaux International airport is situated 12km away from Bordeaux city center. Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport is one of the largest airport in France. Flights operate regular flight from all around Europe and North Africa to Bordeaux.

From Bordeaux Airport, you can take a direct shuttle to the city center. The transfer will take around 30 minutes. It is also possible to take a direct train to Bordeaux Saint-Jean or a taxi.

Visit Bordeaux By train

In France, we also recommend to take the train whenever possible. The trains system and the TGV (high speed train) are very reliable and quick. For example, Paris to Bordeaux will take only a couple of hours by train vs 5 hours or more by car.

The train will arrive at Bordeaux Saint-Jean, 15 minutes walk away from the city center. Finally, depending on your location, you can continue your transfer by public transport or taxi.

We love Bordeaux and the South West of France. Its picturesque street, its food scene, the wine…. what a perfect destination to spend a week-end and discover an authentic French city! Did you ever visit Bordeaux? If you did, let us know if we missed anything important!


  • Reply
    Tiffany Pence
    October 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, your pictures are gorgeous! I knew Bordeaux was famous for wine, but it only stands to reason it would also be a gastronomic epicenter as well. I would love to visit the city of Bordeaux and its wineries!

    • Reply
      Alexandra
      October 26, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Definitely a gastronomic epicenter indeed! We still have so many restaurants on our list, we cannot wait to go back, and to discover the countryside even more!

  • Reply
    Postcard Stories
    October 24, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Suuuuper! I always love your stories and pictures!

    • Reply
      Alexandra
      October 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you so much! We really loved Bordeaux and cannot wait to go back!

  • Reply
    Frederic
    October 27, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    We love Bordeaux! It’s always been our favourite city in France, the food, the wine, ….
    Beautiful pictures too

  • Reply
    Lannie travels
    October 28, 2020 at 2:16 am

    There is so much I love about this post!! Can we talk about how gorgeous that flower shop is or how amazing the brunch at Suzzi looks?!? Would love to visit that wine museum too. Bordeaux just looks like my kinda place honestly 🙂 🙂

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    Lisa at Following the Rivera
    October 28, 2020 at 9:57 am

    You’ve got me feeling in the mood for French after reading this. I’m not familiar at all with Bordeaux, but a weekend here sounds perfect. I want to try that Suzzi cafe, it sounds perfect!

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    Wendy | Perthtravelers
    October 29, 2020 at 3:49 am

    I’d love to visit Bordeaux and try some wine in one of the wine bars. The architecture is beautiful so I’d just be happy wandering the streets, although brunch at Suzzi cafe sounds great too. We like to travel by train in Europe too.

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    kasiawrites
    October 29, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Looks gorgeous! Def added to my France to-do list!

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    Becky Exploring
    October 30, 2020 at 5:40 am

    What a beautiful city Bordeaux is! I’d love to visit and explore the streets and visit some of the nearby vineyards. Bordeaux wines have always been some of my favorites.

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    Marvin | Part-Time Passenger
    October 30, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Wow – this post just has it all! I love the detailed information and the stunning photos. I got to visit Bordeaux last year but didn’t have enough time to see it all. Definitely need to return one day, as I haven’t seen much apart form the historical city center. Chartrons looks like a great neighborhood.

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      Francois
      October 31, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much Marvin! Bordeaux is amazing it’s great you already got a first opportunity to visit.
      We usually stay in the Chartrons, definitely one of the best place to stay in Bordeaux!

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    John Quinn
    November 3, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Wow your photos are amazing. My mind is blown. Love the architecture of Bordeaux, it looks right up my street. Brunch at Suzzi looks a most too, especially after a night of too much wine.

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