Not to be missed is a Saturday-morning cookery class (two hours, €76 including tasting) to learn how to make canelés at the École du Canelé inside this Bordeaux-chic pastry shop. The mini sandcastle-shaped canelé, the city's most famous cake, is baked in a copper mould, has a moist centre and caramelised crust, and is flavoured with a dash of vanilla and rum.

Classes, unusually, also include savoury canelés (which you then eat as lunch). Reserve in advance via L'Atelier des Chefs (

If you're not in the market for a cooking class, Café Baillardran is a sweet spot between shops for indulging in a café gourmand (€5.70), aka an espresso or white coffee with a sweet macaron, nougatine stick and signature canelé on the side.