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.
- 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!
- 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)