BORDEAUX

Notes from a weekend in Bordeaux.

Stay: We stayed in this cute little flat, very central and walkable. Out of touristy area but close to a lot of great places to eat and drink  – all you need for a weekend.

Getting around:

  • City was very compact and walkable
  • Taxi from the airport to town quite expensive – approx 70 euro.
  • Bus is a better option – 8 euro and 30 minute journey. Can buy tickets on board.

Things to do:

  • Rustic Vines day trip to Saint Emilion – we did the Famous Monk tour which took us to several Chateaux, the UNESCO-listed medieval village of Saint Emilion, delicious food & lots and lots of vin rouge! £110 for full day. The best wine tour I have done. Everything was so well thought out and so many nice touches – fresh sandwiches eaten outside on the grass, a little picnic and a bottle of wine to share amongst the group after our last tasting. The guide, Alan, was extremely knowledgeable and gave great context and background to the region and wine.
  • Free Walking Tour – 1.5 hours, took us around the historic inner city. Ended near Le Miroir d’Eau and riverside park/ gardens – a good place to chill with a wine and picnic on a sunny day!

Eat/ drink:

  • Massa – great middle eastern food
  • Boulangerie Louis Lamour – cute little bakery. Opens early. Delicious croissants straight from the oven.
  • Le Petit Bec – French grill. Very delicious. Had the warmed goats cheese with honey and the duck. All ingredients and wine is local.
  • Patisserie San Nicolas- for Canales (A canelé is a small French pastry flavored with rum and vanilla with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick crust)
  • Le Wine Bar – traditional French wine bar with large selection of wines and delicious cheeses/ cold cuts. Friendly service.
  • Chez Fred – for un cafe or a glass of wine. Outdoor seating for excellent people watching
  • Ecole du Vin
  • La Tupina – restaurant, didn’t go here but highly recommended
  • Au Bistrot – restaurant
  • La Cagette
  • Fromagerie Deruelle – cheese shop
  • Cafe Kokomo – for coffee
  • Cafe Piha – NZ cafe for brunch/ lunch!
  • Personne n’est parfait – cafe
  • Contrast – brunch spot
  • Suzzi – brunch spot, very popular with big queues!
  • Mama Shelter – rooftop bar
  • Oven Heaven – brunch spot, a bit out of the centre city (still walkable though)

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