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Top Choice Museum in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

La Cité du Vin

The complex world of wine is explored in depth at ground-breaking La Cité du Vin, a stunning piece of contemporary architecture resembling a wine decanter on the banks of the River Garonne. The curvaceous gold build…
Top Choice Cafe in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Brasserie Le Bordeaux

To dine à la Gordon Ramsay without breaking the bank, reserve a table at his elegant belle époque brasserie with an interesting Anglo-French hybrid cuisine – local Arcachon oysters, fish 'n' chips, Gascon pork pie w…
Top Choice International in Bordeaux

Magasin Général

Follow the hip crowd across the river to this huge industrial hangar on the right bank, France's biggest and best organic restaurant with a gargantuan terrace complete with vintage sofa seating, ping-pong table and …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

Le Point Rouge

A black steel door marked with a small, red doorbell (aka 'le point rouge', or 'the red dot') heralds the entrance to this trendy speakeasy, a theatrical scarlet affair hidden in the basement of a once-grandiose riv…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

Symbiose

There is something inviting about this clandestine address with a soft green façade across from the river on the fringe of the Chartrons district. This is the secret speakeasy that introduced good cocktails with gas…
Top Choice Gallery in Chartrons, Bassins à Flot & Bacalan

La Base Sous-Marine

By far the city's eeriest and most menacing sight, this mammoth hulk of a submarine base (1941–43) was one of five built on the Atlantic Coast by the Germans during the WWII. Designed as a bunker to protect German U…
Top Choice Homewares in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Serendipity

Romantic and youthful, this delightful 'cabinet de convivialité' inspires bags of instant feel-good factor. After several years in Paris, Claire Chabellard returned to her native Bordeaux to create this colourful Al…
Top Choice Fountain in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Miroir d’Eau

A fountain of sorts, the Miroir d'Eau is the world's largest reflecting pool. Covering an area of 3450 sq metres of black granite on the quayside opposite the imposing Palais de la Bourse, the 'water mirror' provide…
Top Choice French in Saint-Michel & Capucins-Victoire

La Tupina

Filled with the aroma of soup simmering inside a tupina ('kettle' in Basque) over an open fire, this iconic bistro is feted for its seasonal southwestern French fare: calf kidneys with fries cooked in goose fat, mil…
Top Choice Cathedral in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul & the Triangle d'Or

Cathédrale St-André

The Cathédrale St-André, a Unesco World Heritage Site prior to the city's classification, lords over the city. The cathedral's oldest section dates from 1096; most of what you see today was built in the 13th and 14t…