Bordeaux is a beautiful French city that should be on everyone’s French holiday itinerary. Situated on the south west coast of France, an easy 3 hour train ride from Paris. Here’s our top list of things to do, hopefully before or after you’ve done a cycling tour of Bordeaux with us!
5 Things to Do in Bordeaux
CAPC (www.capcbordeaux.fr) is a modern art museum well worth a visit. But make sure you pop upstairs to the rooftop cafe with brilliant views of the city, all for the cost of a coffee, or lunch if you’re hungry!
Bordeaux is a city surrounded by water, and split by the river Gironde. Check out the Bordeaux River Cruise (www.croisiere-bordeaux.com) and amble a few hours away admiring the inspiring 18th century architecture that lines the river front, and very much defines this city. Head to Patiras Island and hook into a local wine and food course, or cross the Pont de Pierre at night.
Walk! Rue Saint-Catherine is said to be the longest pedestrian street in the world, and is amongst many cobblestone walk/cycle only streets in central Bordeaux. Shops, restaurants, bar and cafes line the streets. Some of the more interesting districts to explore include St Michel’s with old churches and a covered market, the hip and vibrant Bassins district for a night out, or the area around Place du Parliament and Place de la Comedie is surrounded by food and wine outlets and is beautifully lit at night, or undertake a guided walking tour (www.bordeauxwalkingtours.com).
Dine in style. Being a French city in a famous wine region, there is some serious food tasting to be done. Some suggestions include: La Boite Huitress, Le Chapon-Fin (degustation + wine), the covered market Marche des Capucins is a great lunch spot or try the stylish brasserie Le Mably for a special night out.
No visit to any major French city so go without a cheese tasting, and of course Bordeaux has plenty. And there are plenty of cheese and wine tasting tour providers and event organisers to choose from (try Viator or Lonely Planet for a list). Alternatively you could pop into some of these centrally located venues: Fromagerie Deruelle 66 Rues Saint de Georges, La Ronde des Fromages on Marche Capucins or Le Basco-Bearnaise at Place des Grandes Hommes.
Whatever you do in Bordeaux, just get there! It’s a wonderful French and well worth the visit.
Check out Tour de Vines Tour de Bordeaux Vineyards which finishes with a night in downtown Bordeaux.