Delve into the ancient heart of Bordeaux in this twinset of neighbourhoods, a labyrinth of narrow medieval streets and enchanting backstreet squares evocatively named after the candlestick makers, goldsmiths, cabinet makers, coopers and other craftsmen who worked their trade here in the 13th century. Lounging on a summertime cafe or restaurant terrace here is a supremely fine essential of la vie bordelaise (Bordelais life).

North of Saint-Pierre, the elegant wide boulevards lined with grandiose townhouses around Esplanade des Quinconces and the chic, boutique-rich Triangle d'Or plunge visitors into aristocratic 18th-century Bordeaux.