Marché des Capucins Delve into the soul of foodie Bordeaux at its raucous, historic, covered food market.

Café Baillardran Learn to make Bordeaux's traditional rum-and-vanilla cake with this canelé master.

Brasserie Le Bordeaux Belle époque brasserie dining with a fusion, Anglo-Franco cuisine befitting of Bordeaux history.

Jean d'Alos Gourmet cheesemonger and ripener in the Triangle d'Or, with tastings and wine pairings.

Les Halles de Bacalan Contemporary food market in a waterfront hangar by the industrial Bassins à Flot.

La Boîte à Huîtres One of the finest spot in the city for a serious feast of local oysters.

La Maison du Glacier Organic ice-cream maker in the heart of medieval St-Pierre; remarkable seasonal flavours.

Chocolaterie Saunion Chocolate ecstasy with a fourth-generation, Bordelais chocolate-maker in the bourgeois Triangle d'Or.

Garopapilles One of several inventive dining spots setting the scene on a trio of foodie streets in Saint-Seurin.

Au Comptoir Bordelaise Gourmet boutique brimming with local and regional, food and drink specialities.


La Cité du Vin Meet the world of wine at this groundbreaking wine museum in a striking contemporary building by the river.

L'Intendant The mother of all wine shops with Saturday-morning tastings: 15,000 bottles of regional wine theatrically arranged around a spiral staircase.

Musée du Vin et du Négoce Learn up on the historic wine trade in Chartrons at this engaging museum in an Irish wine merchant's townhouse.

Bar à Vin Indulge in a glass of wine at this elegant wine bar, overseen by a monumental Bacchus, god of wine aka local hero, in stained glass.

École du Vin de Bordeaux Sommeliers at this prestigious wine school are the best you'll find – introductory workshops are loaded with insights.

Rustic Vines Sign up for a magical, guided cycling tour in Bordeaux's vineyards, punctuated with tastings and tasty morsels.

La Grande Maison The wine list at this Michelin-starred hotel-restaurant, owned by wine magnate Bernard Magrez, is predictably out of this world.

Cave Briau Vast wine cellar where 500-odd references are sold at chateau prices.

La Terrasse Rouge Spectacular vineyard restaurant at a much-revered chateau in the prestigious St-Émilion vineyards.


Musée des Beaux Arts Trace occidental art from the Renaissance to mid-20th century at the city's Fine Arts Museum.

Musée d’Art Contemporain Fantastic contemporary art in a warehouse from 1824 used to store French colonial produce.

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez Contemporary art meets 19th-century chateau architecture at this inspired arts centre.

Miroir d’Eau Interactive art at its best: cooling off barefoot in atmospheric mists generated by the world's largest reflective pool.

Les Vivres de l’Art Meet today's artists at this alternative-art incubator.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design Pottery, porcelain, gold, iron, glasswork and other decorative arts in an 18th-century hôtel particulier.

La Base Sous-Marin Catch stunning contemporary-art exhibitions and 'performances' in a surreal WWII submarine bunker.

Le 101 Meet and admire the work of a talented graphic designer in his Chartrons atelier (studio) on rue Notre Dame.


Place de la Bourse This 18th-century beauty is Bordeaux's most architecturally beautiful square. It's best at sunset.

Cathédrale St-André A riot of Flamboyant Gothic architecture, with 15th-century bell tower.

Basilique St-Seurin Bathe in the serene beauty and archaeological treasures of a Romanesque basilica.

La Cité du Vin Bordeaux's iconic piece of contemporary architecture, crafted as a curvaceous wine decanter.

Basilique St-Michel Imposing Flamboyant Gothic church in St-Michel with celebrated stained glass.

Porte Cailhau Time-travel to medieval Bordeaux with this grandiose, riverfront city gate from the 15th century.

Palais Gallien Admire the work of Roman architects with these evocative amphitheatre ruins in Saint-Seurin.

Grosse Cloche Remarkable Gothic belfry, built into remains of the city's medieval walk.

Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas Europe's highest lift bridge is a striking piece of millennial architecture, a dazzling green and blue at night.

Pavé des Chartrons Handsome street lined with elegant 18th-century hôtels particuliers (mansions), built for wealthy wine merchants.


Marché des Capucins The city's premier covered food market, around for ions.

Brocante du Dimanche Antiques, vintage curiosities and cheap bric-a-brac at St-Michel's Sunday-morning flea market.

Marché des Bouquinistes Weekly secondhand book market on place de la Victoire.

Les Halles de Bacalan Precisely how a modern-day food market should be.

Passage St-Michel Covered flea market in St-Michel, home to 20-odd permanent dealers.