Quaffing wine rules in this old wine-trading part of town, with five-star dégustation (tasting) and drinking opportunities available at La Cité du Vin and a couple of intimate wine bars in Chartrons. This being the edgy 'hood it is, this part of town is also a hot spot for rum, whisky, craft beer, specialist coffee and some of the city's finest craft cocktails. In warm weather cafe pavement terraces on river-facing quai des Chartrons get packed.

Nightlife boils down to nightclubs on upcycled barges around the wet docks along quai Arnaud Lalande and dancing beneath the stars in sculpture-laced artist gardens.

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