HIGHLIGHTS of Bordeaux 🍷✨
As most people flock to Paris when visiting France, have you considered venturing a little farther into wine country? Bordeaux is seriously underrated and should definitely be added to your bucket list! To help convince you, I have put together my top favourite things to see and do in the city after having visited over 6 times! Be sure to give this guide a save and check out the other guides linked here - hopefully they all help you have a magical stay enjoying a stunning city in France! ☀️
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Old Town: 

Grosse Cloche
@czphoneshome
This is one of the top photo spots in Bordeaux! This is a stunning Gothic Bell Tower above the city's former dungeon! It doesn't ring often but it does ring every Sunday of the first of the month! So if you're visiting during that time, might be a cool time to check it out! 🔔 Around this area, there are also tonnes of really cute and unique shops that are worth exploring as well!
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Porte Cailhau
@czphoneshome
This monument is actually from the 1400s! This grand door and entryway were once part of the city's walls. It was made in honour of King Charles VIII's victory over Naples. It's a super beautiful monument to visit while wandering around Bordeaux's Old Town! And if you're interested, you can climb up the tower! It costs 5 euros!
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Basilique Saint-Michel
@czphoneshome
This is a Gothic-style Basilica that you can often see popping out along the horizon because of its tall, pointed steeple. It's actually the city's tallest building and apparently the fourth-tallest church in France! Fun Fact: every Saturday and Monday morning there is a market that takes place at the foot of the Basilica in the square!
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Bordeaux Cathedral
@czphoneshome
This is another important church in the city that is located near Town Hall. It is a stop along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela! The building was originally built in the 11th century but suffered many fires. It also housed the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII. She's one of the most important historical figures in the region as she went on to become queen of France AND queen of England and was the mother of King Richard the Lion Heart. This Catholic church is free to enter!
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Pont de Pierre
@czphoneshome
The Pont de Pierre or 'stone bridge' is one of the main bridges that connect the two sides of the Garonne River. The bridge was actually requested by Napoleon I to help move troops! This bridge is now mostly a pedestrian bridge and is a really nice spot to get a beautiful view of the city!
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Bordeaux city centre:

Miroir d'eau
@czphoneshome
The Mirror d’Eau (or mirror water in English) in Bordeaux is iconic. It is THE place to take your cliché Bordeaux photo. It is essentially a huge pool of water located across the street from one of Bordeaux’s most famous squares - the Place de la Bourse. As a matter of fact, it is the world’s largest reflecting pool. The best part is when the water is completely still (which is rare if there are lots of people about), then it acts like a mirror reflecting the image of the beautiful buildings across the road. You'll normally find tonnes of people enjoying the water, the view of the river and the sunshine around this area!
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Rue Sainte-Catherine
@czphoneshome
St. Catherine’s street, which begins at the Place de la Comédie (the Grand Theatre), is the longest pedestrian street in France as well as in Europe! The street stretches 1.2 km in length and is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. It is really easy to spend a nice afternoon browsing some stores, grabbing some snacks and enjoying the beautiful streets of Bordeaux.
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National Opera of Bordeaux
@czphoneshome
You can go inside the Grand Theatre (the Bordeaux Opera House) for free on certain days at certain times (when I went, Tuesdays to Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm were free, however, that might be updated so be sure to check the Grand Theatre website or the Bordeaux Tourism website). It is important to note that free visits do not include a guided tour and only allow you access to 2 main rooms in the building.
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Place des Quinconces
@czphoneshome
Just down the street from the Grand Theatre is one of the largest squares in Europe, the Place de Quinconces! The space was actually the grounds of a former fortress called the Chateaux Trompette that was torn down in the 1800s. It is quite an impressive square, lined with trees and a giant fountain and monument located opposite the Garonne River. It is another must-see spot during your visit to Bordeaux
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Jardin Public
@czphoneshome
If you’re interested in mixing up your city visit with some greenery, head over to the Les Jardins Publiques. It is a beautiful park that has several playgrounds, ponds and even a few museums inside! It's the perfect place to wander around, read a book, have a picnic, maybe ride a boat on the river or enjoy a French puppet show.
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Worthwhile activities to check out:

La Cité du Vin
@czphoneshome
This is a really amazing and fun museum and I highly recommend visiting. It is located along the River Garonne, technically down the road from the Mirror d’Eau and the building itself is a pretty interesting shape. It is said that it is supposed to be the shape of a drop of wine (I personally don't see the resemblance). The Cité du Vin is the wine museum in Bordeaux. Above the museum, there is also a fantastic restaurant as well as a lookout where you can also enjoy wine tasting (which I believe is included with your visit).
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Darwin Eco-système
@czphoneshome
On the other side of the Garonne river is a “renovated urban wasteland” known as Darwin. They call it an ecosystem to be exact. It is free to visit and there you can find street art everywhere, a cafe, food shops, a clothing store, huge art installations, a bar, workspaces and several skate parks. The indoor skate park, located in a former warehouse, is huge and also has an old Bordeaux tram car and many old pinball games.
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Les Bassins des Lumières
@czphoneshome
This is a relatively new attraction, it only opened in 2020. It is a digital art centre for visual exhibitions. For instance, while I was in Bordeaux they were having an exhibition on Venice where they projected moving art all over the walls. But what is particularly unique about this place, is the grounds are actually a historic Submarine Base that was actually created by the Germans in 1940. I thought this was amazing. I loved how they used the reflection of the water to add to the experience of the show and it created such a surreal environment. I highly recommend visiting and learning about this interesting use of a historic space.
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BEST day trip:

The local snack:

La Toque Cuivrée
@czphoneshome
Bordeaux is known for a sweet called canelé. I’ve heard from locals that the ones sold by this particular brand are the best, most traditional and cheapest compared to other shops! The Toque Cuivrée is a brand, you can even find them in other areas of France! In Bordeaux, you can find many shops around so keep your eyes peeled! 🥮
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Other food recommendations here 👇🏻

Hopefully, this list keeps you busy for your next visit to Bordeaux! If you liked it, be sure to save it, share it and leave a tip if you're feeling generous! 

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

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I consider France to be my area of expertise. I've lived here for 2 years and have traveled around many times to many regions! I would love to help you with your trip planning - let's make the most out of your trip! 

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HIGHLIGHTS of Bordeaux 🍷✨
As most people flock to Paris when visiting France, have you considered venturing a little farther into wine country? Bordeaux is seriously underrated and should definitely be added to your bucket list! To help convince you, I have put together my top favourite things to see and do in the city after having visited over 6 times! Be sure to give this guide a save and check out the other guides linked here - hopefully they all help you have a magical stay enjoying a stunning city in France! ☀️
14 Places • 11 Saves • ago
Free

*Disclosure: This guide uses affiliate links. If you click on a link, I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps support the efforts to continue providing valuable content. Thank you! 

Old Town: 

Grosse Cloche
@czphoneshome
This is one of the top photo spots in Bordeaux! This is a stunning Gothic Bell Tower above the city's former dungeon! It doesn't ring often but it does ring every Sunday of the first of the month! So if you're visiting during that time, might be a cool time to check it out! 🔔 Around this area, there are also tonnes of really cute and unique shops that are worth exploring as well!
Add to
Details
Porte Cailhau
@czphoneshome
This monument is actually from the 1400s! This grand door and entryway were once part of the city's walls. It was made in honour of King Charles VIII's victory over Naples. It's a super beautiful monument to visit while wandering around Bordeaux's Old Town! And if you're interested, you can climb up the tower! It costs 5 euros!
Add to
Details
Basilique Saint-Michel
@czphoneshome
This is a Gothic-style Basilica that you can often see popping out along the horizon because of its tall, pointed steeple. It's actually the city's tallest building and apparently the fourth-tallest church in France! Fun Fact: every Saturday and Monday morning there is a market that takes place at the foot of the Basilica in the square!
Add to
Details
Bordeaux Cathedral
@czphoneshome
This is another important church in the city that is located near Town Hall. It is a stop along the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela! The building was originally built in the 11th century but suffered many fires. It also housed the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII. She's one of the most important historical figures in the region as she went on to become queen of France AND queen of England and was the mother of King Richard the Lion Heart. This Catholic church is free to enter!
Add to
Details
Pont de Pierre
@czphoneshome
The Pont de Pierre or 'stone bridge' is one of the main bridges that connect the two sides of the Garonne River. The bridge was actually requested by Napoleon I to help move troops! This bridge is now mostly a pedestrian bridge and is a really nice spot to get a beautiful view of the city!
Add to
Details

Bordeaux city centre:

Miroir d'eau
@czphoneshome
The Mirror d’Eau (or mirror water in English) in Bordeaux is iconic. It is THE place to take your cliché Bordeaux photo. It is essentially a huge pool of water located across the street from one of Bordeaux’s most famous squares - the Place de la Bourse. As a matter of fact, it is the world’s largest reflecting pool. The best part is when the water is completely still (which is rare if there are lots of people about), then it acts like a mirror reflecting the image of the beautiful buildings across the road. You'll normally find tonnes of people enjoying the water, the view of the river and the sunshine around this area!
Add to
Details
Rue Sainte-Catherine
@czphoneshome
St. Catherine’s street, which begins at the Place de la Comédie (the Grand Theatre), is the longest pedestrian street in France as well as in Europe! The street stretches 1.2 km in length and is filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. It is really easy to spend a nice afternoon browsing some stores, grabbing some snacks and enjoying the beautiful streets of Bordeaux.
Add to
Details
National Opera of Bordeaux
@czphoneshome
You can go inside the Grand Theatre (the Bordeaux Opera House) for free on certain days at certain times (when I went, Tuesdays to Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm were free, however, that might be updated so be sure to check the Grand Theatre website or the Bordeaux Tourism website). It is important to note that free visits do not include a guided tour and only allow you access to 2 main rooms in the building.
Add to
Details
Place des Quinconces
@czphoneshome
Just down the street from the Grand Theatre is one of the largest squares in Europe, the Place de Quinconces! The space was actually the grounds of a former fortress called the Chateaux Trompette that was torn down in the 1800s. It is quite an impressive square, lined with trees and a giant fountain and monument located opposite the Garonne River. It is another must-see spot during your visit to Bordeaux
Add to
Details
Jardin Public
@czphoneshome
If you’re interested in mixing up your city visit with some greenery, head over to the Les Jardins Publiques. It is a beautiful park that has several playgrounds, ponds and even a few museums inside! It's the perfect place to wander around, read a book, have a picnic, maybe ride a boat on the river or enjoy a French puppet show.
Add to
Details

Worthwhile activities to check out:

La Cité du Vin
@czphoneshome
This is a really amazing and fun museum and I highly recommend visiting. It is located along the River Garonne, technically down the road from the Mirror d’Eau and the building itself is a pretty interesting shape. It is said that it is supposed to be the shape of a drop of wine (I personally don't see the resemblance). The Cité du Vin is the wine museum in Bordeaux. Above the museum, there is also a fantastic restaurant as well as a lookout where you can also enjoy wine tasting (which I believe is included with your visit).
Add to
Details
Darwin Eco-système
@czphoneshome
On the other side of the Garonne river is a “renovated urban wasteland” known as Darwin. They call it an ecosystem to be exact. It is free to visit and there you can find street art everywhere, a cafe, food shops, a clothing store, huge art installations, a bar, workspaces and several skate parks. The indoor skate park, located in a former warehouse, is huge and also has an old Bordeaux tram car and many old pinball games.
Add to
Details
Les Bassins des Lumières
@czphoneshome
This is a relatively new attraction, it only opened in 2020. It is a digital art centre for visual exhibitions. For instance, while I was in Bordeaux they were having an exhibition on Venice where they projected moving art all over the walls. But what is particularly unique about this place, is the grounds are actually a historic Submarine Base that was actually created by the Germans in 1940. I thought this was amazing. I loved how they used the reflection of the water to add to the experience of the show and it created such a surreal environment. I highly recommend visiting and learning about this interesting use of a historic space.
Add to
Details

BEST day trip:

The local snack:

La Toque Cuivrée
@czphoneshome
Bordeaux is known for a sweet called canelé. I’ve heard from locals that the ones sold by this particular brand are the best, most traditional and cheapest compared to other shops! The Toque Cuivrée is a brand, you can even find them in other areas of France! In Bordeaux, you can find many shops around so keep your eyes peeled! 🥮
Add to
Details

Other food recommendations here 👇🏻

Hopefully, this list keeps you busy for your next visit to Bordeaux! If you liked it, be sure to save it, share it and leave a tip if you're feeling generous! 

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

Want help planning your trip to Bordeaux? 

I consider France to be my area of expertise. I've lived here for 2 years and have traveled around many times to many regions! I would love to help you with your trip planning - let's make the most out of your trip! 

How can we make your trip EVEN BETTER? 

Curated recs are great if:

you know where you want to go, but don’t have the time or energy to research where to eat, what to do, or where to stay!

Custom itinerary is great if: 

you know where you want to go but cannot commit the time to planning and researching the logistical details. You can choose whether you want an in-depth itinerary or a trip outline!

Consultation calls are great if:

you want to chat face-to-face with someone who has lived in Europe for 4 years and can give you advice, tips, or even feedback on your itinerary. We can talk about everything and anything you need help with!

* * *
CURATED BY
Hi, I'm Caity! I'm a Canadian ex-pat who is on her second working holiday visa in Europe! 🇨🇦🇫🇷 I specialize in France & UK travel! Both of these 2 countries I have lived in and traveled around extensively and I love helping travelers explore more underrated and unique sides of these great countries! **Travelling to France for the Olympics in 2024? I'd love to help make your trip memorable!** I am a foodie at heart! When traveling I love speaking with locals to find the best food recommendations and I'm always open to trying the local specialties and dishes! I come from a teaching background which means I am very detail-oriented & someone who is deeply motivated by being as helpful as possible - something I hope you see in every single one of my guides, itineraries, and consultations! Fast facts about me: ✨ I've lived in the UK, France, and (of course) Canada ✨ I've traveled to 30 countries ✨ I've taken 8 different cooking classes/food tours abroad ✨ I'm a history & geography teacher with a foodie alter ego How I can help you? 🌎 Browse through my pre-made France & UK travel guides ☎️ Book a consultation call with me 📝 Order a customized itinerary ✅ Order a personalized list of travel recommendations I hope I can help you plan your next adventure! ✨
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