A Weekend Exploring Bordeaux: What to Eat, Drink and Do

Bordeaux is a small city in southwestern France, best known for its wine and wine region. And yes, we may have originally booked this as a wine trip, we discovered that Bordeaux is so much more. Bordeaux's historic city center is filled with incredible 18th century architecture (that seems to be very well kept), but its low buildings, many parks, and tree lined streets make this city feel more like a large French town.


To Eat

Le Boulanger de l'Hôtel de Ville

76 Rue des Trois-Conils
Go here and get everything, especially the apricot tarte tatin (when in season) and the pain au chocolat (every day of the year).

Marché des Capucins

Place des Capucins
A market where you can find an array of fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, meat, fish, oysters and pastries. It's worth going to walk around and try as much as you can. My highlight was grabbing a couple of Puits d'Amours ("wells of love") - puff pastry, with a crown of choux pastry and caramelized pastry cream.


Japan Market

27 Rue Saint-James
While wandering around the city center, we suddenly came across a Japanese market that sold tons of incredible products, including tons of stuff we can't get where we live. I never thought I'd leave France with a suitcase filled with everything matcha but it happened!


Fromagerie Deruelle

66 Rue du Pas-Saint-Georges
This shop basically allows you to tour all of France in cheese, in one small shop. The selection is incredible, the owner is so kind and knowledgable. I was told this was a must-visit in Bordeaux, and now I am passing it on - its worth it.


La Tupina

6 Rue Porte de la Monnaie
This restaurant has been open since the 1960s, serving up traditional Bordeaux food with a unique twist.


Le Chopin Fin

5 Rue Montesquieu
This meal was really special. Read more in my post about it.


Pastel

2 Quai des Chartrons
This gorgeous space sits between Chatrons and the city center, right across from the Garonne. The small, daily menu is brought over on a big chalk board to your table so you can choose which fresh, bright and fun dishes you want.


Le Bar à Vin

Cours du 30 Juillet
This wine bar is partially supported by the Bordeaux municipality in order to showcase some of the more unique bottles from up and coming wineries and cheese makers, alongside the big names. The staff are really knowledgeable and will help you discover a new favorite Bordeaux wine.

The Wine

We took a tour through the Médoc region with Bordeaux Wine Trails. Jerome, our guide, was awesome. In our tour we visited Château Marquis de Terme in Margaux followed by a visit to the famous Château Margaux.