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Lamproie à la bordelaise


Drinking in Bordeaux



But you won’t find that on the bottle label. In Bordeaux, only the name of the producer, the appellation (location) and vintage appear on the label, not the blend, which can make things tricky. Left Bank wines will have a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. If you like stronger, more tannic wine, get one from Médoc or Graves (Pessac-Léognan, Margaux, Saint-Estephe), perfect with red meat. But if you want to start with something lighter, try a Right Bank wine.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Day Trips

St Emilion





MIAM Bordeaux

Excellent and affordable food tour of Bordeaux.

Half Day Wine Tour

The least expensive option (bus coach with 50 other people) covers different wine regions in a half day. Book at the tourism office.


12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33080, Bordeaux, France


Smaller scale wine tours of Bordeaux than the one listed above.

Bordeaux Wine Trails

Wine tours of Bordeaux with a maximum of eight people.

Bordeaux City Pass

Includes admission to many site including Cite du Vin and unlimited access to the tramway.


12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33080, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Walking Tour

Inexpensive introduction to the city.


12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33080, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux nègre

Educational tour about Bordeaux’s extensive role in the African slave trade.

La Cite du Vin

Wine museum and education center.

134 quai de Bacalan, Esplanade de Pontac, 33300, Bordeaux, France

Urban Wine Trail

Downloadable map of some of the best wine bars in Bordeaux.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Art museum with a collection of 17th & 18th century French paintings.

20 cours D Albret, Jardin de la Mairie, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Basilique Saint Michel

Gothic church with a tall spire offering some of the best views of the city.

Place Meynard, 33800, Bordeaux, France

Cathédrale St-André

Medieval cathedral with an incredible facade.

Place Pey Berland, 33000, Bordeaux, France


Church turned art-movie house. Cafe attached.

5 Place Camille Jullian, Bordeaux, France

Esplanade des Quinconces

Huge, empty square featuring the magnificent Monument aux Girondins.

2792 Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Miroir d'eau

World’s largest reflecting pool is only an inch deep.

2 Place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Falling Car

Oddball public art exhibit has a Jaguar seemingly falling out of the parking garage.

117 Cours Victor Hugo, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Château de Sales

Beautiful Pomerol winery offers tours by appointment.

11 Chemin de Sales, 33500 Libourne, France

Château Mouton Rothschild

The legendary winery offers visits by appointment.

Château Mouton Rothschild, 33250 Pauillac, France

Chateau La Dominique

Iconic St. Emilion winery. Book ahead for tastings and tours.

1 Lieu Dit la Dominique, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France

Château Lanessan

Beautiful English gardens. Tastings by appointment.

33460 Cussac-Fort-Médoc, France

Château Guiraud

No advance booking required for tastings.

1 Château Guiraud, 33210 Sauternes, France


Winery in Médoc offers tours and tastings by appointment.

15 rue du Chateau D Agassac, 33290 Ludon-Medoc, France

Château Soutard

St. Emilion winery offers several tours.

Soutard, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France

Château Canon

One of the best wineries in St. Emillion offers free wine tours with a tasting (book in advance).

Lieu Dit Saint Martin, Route du Milieu, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France

Food and Drink

Vins Urbains

Lovely little winebar and restaurant.

27 rue des Bahutiers, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Bar a Vins

Incredible selection of Bordeaux wines. Food, too.

3 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Grand Maison

World-famous restaurant inside the hotel. 2 Michelin stars.

10 rue Labottière, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Belle Campagne

Local ingredients populate the menu.

15 rue des Bahutiers, 33000, Bordeaux, France

La Boulangerie Saint Michel

Great place to get chocolatine.

51 rue des Faures, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Cafe Brun

Quirky decor. Nice spot for a drink.

45 Rue Saint, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Au Bistrot Bordeaux Capucins

Excellent food, reasonably priced.

61 Place des Capucins, 33800, Bordeaux, France

Creperie Sel et Sucre

Great sweet and savory crepes.

5 rue du Palais de l Ombriere, 33000, Bordeaux, France


Constantly changing menu of innovative dishes.

33 rue du Cancera, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Cafe Populaire

Loud and busy cafe. Not a quiet French bistro, but tapas and drinks at the bar is fun.

1 rue Kleber, 33800, Bordeaux, France

Met Mots

Lovely little restaurant with an open kitchen.

98 rue Fondaudege, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Ha Restaurant

Small space, exquisite food.

50 rue du Ha, 33000, Bordeaux, France

La Toque Cuivree

Great spot to get a Canelé.

41 Place Gambetta, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Taquin

Bistro with a nice seasonal menu and a terrace.

1 quai Sainte Croix, 33800, Bordeaux, France


Small restaurant with a fixed menu. One Michelin star.

62, rue Abbe de l'Epee, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Chez Dupont

Bistro frequented by locals.

45 rue Notre Dame, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Boutique Hotel Wine Bar

Cute hotel with a great wine bar. Sit in the courtyard for a quaint experience.

3 Rue Lafaurie de Monbadon, 33000, Bordeaux, France

La Tupina

High end restaurant is a Bordeaux institution.

6 rue de la Porte de la Monnaie, 33800, Bordeaux, France

Le Pressoir D'Argent

One of the top restaurants in Bordeaux. Inside the Grand Hotel.

The Grand Hotel, Place De La Comedie, Bordeaux, France

Night Beach

Rooftop bar/restaurant on the Intercontinental Grand Hotel.

The Grand Hotel, Place De La Comedie, Bordeaux, France

The Frog and Rosbif

Brewery on the site of a former women’s prison. Watch the game here.

23 rue Ausone, 33000, Bordeaux, France


Best Italian restaurant in the city. They don’t take reservations, so get there early.

Cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Bouchon Bordelais

Creative bistro featurings local produce.

2 rue Courbin, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Paul’s Place

Quirky restaurant in the Chartrons neighborhood.

76 rue Notre Dame, 33000, Bordeaux, France


Unassuming cafe with excellent food at reasonable prices.


40 rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Le Noailles

The place to get lamprey à la bordelaise.

12 Allees de Tourny, 33000, Bordeaux, France


Instead of eating at a restaurant, how about eating with a local at their home?


Farmers Market

Busy market every Saturday outside Basilique Saint Michel.

Place Meynard, 33800, Bordeaux, France

Marché des Capucins

Huge indoor food market.

Place des Capucins, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Marche Chartrons

Sunday morning farmers market on the riverfront.

Quai des Chartrons, 33000, Bordeaux, France

Fromagerie Deruelle

Top-notch cheese shop.

66 rue du Pas Saint Georges, 33000, Bordeaux, France