Food

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.

Wine

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.

Art

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.

Architecture

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.

Markets

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.