Place de la Bourse
Place de la Bourse has symbolised the city of Bordeaux around the world for centuries and played a major role in the city's development, trade, and reputation. Both the Bordelais and visitors alike adore this very elegant square
It took 20 years of hard work in the 18th century to build what has since become the city's very symbol! The square represents a break with medieval Bordeaux surrounded by walls for centuries
Take a walk in Jardin Publique de Bordeaux
If you’re looking for what to see in Bordeaux on a relaxing evening, this is the place to be! This beautiful park dates from 1746 when it was created to offer the rich people of Bordeaux a nice place where they could relax. This English-style park is wonderful even today and we recommend you go there and admire the historic statues, bridges, and fountains.
This is a sophisticated place where you can enjoy a picnic, a good book or the wine you have with you and get a glimpse of 18th Century Bordeaux
Relax in Place de la Victoire (Victory Square)
Place de la Victoire is another pretty square in Bordeaux that’s worth adding to your list of must-see attractions. It’s true that it’s a rather busy place, full of bars, restaurants and pretty cafes, so we suggest you go there to relax while sipping some wine, but also to admire the gorgeous architecture.
There are also plenty of parties, concerts, and events organized there, so you will be greeted with good music and good people!
Visit Musée d’Aquitaine
It features historical collections from all around the Aquitaine region, so go there for some great Bordeaux history facts and information about some traditions dating back to prehistoric times. You will also find there some collections from far-away lands there, back to the age of great discoveries. If you’re a history lover, then this is the place to be while in Bordeaux!
NOTE: The museum is closed on Mondays so schedule a visit to suit your itinerary! You wouldn’t want to miss it as this is one of the most famous museums in Bordeaux, France!
Immerse yourself in some wine history at La Cité du Vin
This is a super-modern, futuristic cultural center that will teach you everything about wine production all around the world. If you’re a wine aficionado, this will be one of the best Bordeaux tourist attractions for you. You can easily spend an entire day there, soaking up information and listening to the comprehensive audio guide. At the end of the tour you can go up the 55-meter tower and enjoy a glass of wine in its amazing bar.
Price: 20€ for the skip-the-line ticket and wine tasting
Go shopping on Rue Saint-Catherine
Rue St-Catherine is actually the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe at 1.2 kilometers long! This famous street is always filled with people wandering through its dozens of cafes and many shops. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, it’s still one of the top places to visit in Bordeaux.
In case you’re on a shopping spree you will find countless numbers of brands here in the more than 250 stores or you can at least relax while sipping on a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the tourists!
Have a taste of French history at Esplanade des Quinconces
This is a very popular and nice place where you can come to relax, but also to have a taste of history, especially regarding the French Revolution. It’s actually the largest public square in France where you can see the Monument aux Girondins (Girondist Monument) – a historical column dating to 1902 and one of the landmarks of this city.
It is 54 meters high and you can find the beautiful Fontaine des Girondins (Girondist Fountain) with majestic bronze horses at its base. The entire monument was built to celebrate the influence that the Gironde political group had during the French Revolution
Complete your Bordeaux experience by going up the monument and enjoying the panoramic view of the city! Even though it’s lovely to look at it from down below, you will get to see a whole new world when you’re up at the top.
Although you’ll have to climb the 229 stairs, the view is definitely worth it!
Indulge in some local cuisine
If you’re a foodie who enjoys trying traditional food, you will be happy to know that Bordeaux has some delicious foods that you can pair with a delectable glass of local wine! Some unmissable Bordeaux culinary specialties are:
*French steak with Bordelaise sauce (made with red wine, of course!)
*Canelés (tiny pastries with rum and vanilla).
Marché des Capucins, also known as “the belly of Bordeaux” is one of the best places to visit in Bordeaux for an unforgettable culinary experience as well! There, you will find endless food options that you can try – from cheese, seafood, and canelés to fruits and veggies. Plus, it is also the perfect spot to buy some edible gifts and souvenirs for you to bring back home with gifts!
Take an unforgettable Bordeaux wine tour
There are tons of wine bars in Bordeaux and, honestly, going on a tasting tour is one of the best things to do in Bordeaux! We’d like to suggest Maison du Vin as the place where you can find one of the best wine tours in Bordeaux. The prices range between 2 and 8€ for a glass of wine.
The cheese plates are quite generous and you combine them with a few glasses of Bordeaux wine, as they will for sure enrich your tasting experience.
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