Urban Art Tour

In a neighbourhood with the city's Museum of Modern Art at its heart (appropriately housed in one of Chartron's signature 19th-century warehouses), it's only natural that urban art in this increasingly gentrified part of town is flourishing. Works of street art colour backstreet squares, while artist studios and experimental art projects are a dime a dozen.

Cox Gallery

Begin your foray into urban art in this edgy 'hood with a stroll around this smart gallery dedicated entirely to street art. It has no permanent collection but hosts fantastic temporary exhibitions.

Le 101

Duck into Le 101, a gallery with bright-white facade where talented graphic artist Célestin Forestier can be found working on new designs at his desk. His striking, often witty prints and posters incorporating letters or slogans make a chic souvenir to take home.

Rue du Faubourg des Arts

Wedged between two 19th-century chais (wine celllars), Rue du Faubourg des Arts is lined with artist workshops specialising in picture restoration, porcelain, painted furniture, leatherwork, lampshades, millinery etc. Most open afternoons only.

The Wall

Catch an artist at work on Le M.U.R. (an abbreviation for 'Modular, Urban, Reactive'), or The Wall, on place Paul et Jean Paul Avisseaul. A canvas for street artists, the 35-sq-metre wall backs onto the playground of a primary school and changes monthly. Celebrity French stencil artist Jef Aérosol inaugurated it in 2014.

Chartrons Skate Park

Inline skaters, boarders and BMX bikers perform jumps, spins and aerial tricks on the ramps and ledges at open-air Skate Parc des Chartrons on quai des Chartrons. River views are magnificent and the graffiti is a constant work-in-progress.

Bassins à Flot

Meander north to industrial Bacalan where colourful tags and ephemeral wall murals brighten buildings on quai du Sénégal on the wet dock's southern edge. Some were painted in 2016 when Bassins à Flot hosted the 1st edition of Bordeaux's now-annual Shake Well street-art festival.

Les Vivres de l’Art

No single address evokes the experimental streak of this creative neighbourhood quite like uber-cool art cooperative Les Vivres de l’Art, in an 18th-century pavilion built as a naval warehouse. Pavilion and garden are festooned with sculptures crafted from scrap metal by resident artist Jean-François Buisson and the after-dark soirées (DJ sets, gigs) thrown here are legendary.

Le Garage Moderne

Hobnob with local artists at summertime-cool parties at Le Garage Moderne – yes, a garage, in a cavernous hangar where mechanics help locals fix their cars and bicycles by day, party from dusk. With its extraordinary collection of vintage treasures and curiosities brazenly displayed between mechanic ramps, the garage itself is a dazzling work of urban art.

Key Features

  • Alternative nightlife
  • Urban street culture

Getting There

Rue Ferrère is a 10-minute stroll north from local transport hub Esplanades des Quinconces.

Tram Line B or C to Quinconces.