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Bordeaux Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in BordeauxWhere to Stay
The best Bordeaux accommodations are found near the Garonne River close to downtown, within walking distance of many attractions. Budget hotels include Hotel Des Voyageurs, located close to the main bridge across the river, within a 10-minute walk to the city center. Luxury hotels include the Hotel Continental, a converted 18th-century town house and Seeko'O Hotel, offering up-scale amenities like a Turkish bath.
Take It or Leave It: The high-end hotels are located near Quinconces square and Gambetta square.
What to Eat
Restaurants in Bordeaux are plentiful and tend to focus on the regional French cuisine. The wine is world-renowned, and is an important base for many local dishes. The city is filled with bistros featuring seasonal menus and seafood. However, excellent Asian, African and Arabian restaurants can be found throughout the city.
Be Sure to Sample: Try the lamprey dishes, featuring the local fish in wine sauces.
Things to See
Bordeaux features many historic monuments, like the Victory Arch, and examples of Roman architecture. Walk the Les Quais, an area close to the Garonne river, which offers a chance to ride a ferry, view the Aquitaine Bridge or just take in the excellent view of the city and surrounding area. Bordeaux has many museums, including a Modern Art museum and the Musee D'Aquitaine, specializing in Roman history. The region is famous for its wines, and the city's many chateaus offer tours of their vineyards.
Caution: Reserve wine tours in advance.
Places to Party
Sports enthusiasts can head to La Victoire, which houses many sports pubs and bars. Or go to an actual soccer game at the city's boisterous stadium, home to the local club, the F.C. Girondins. La Quais is the dance club district, where establishments play everything from rock to techno music.
Caution: Games against the city's main football rival, Marseille, sell out quickly.
Where to Shop
The city's main shopping street is on Rue Sainte Catherine, a pedestrian area filled with vintage and second-hand clothing stores. The area also has shops specializing in food and wine and hand-crafted items. The area around Gambetta Square is the place to head to for luxury items like clothes, fashion accessories and wine.
Caution: Be aware of customs regulations regarding the export of wine from Bordeaux.
Welcome to the red wine capital of the world. Bordeaux is truly a wine lover's Mecca, boasting over fifty appellations and nearly 10,000 chateaux. Discover first-hand the sophistication and exquisite appeal of the world's finest wines: Lafite, Mouton, Latour, Pomerol, Graves, and others. Well over 2000 years old, Bordeaux is recognized as a vital cultural hub, if at times appearing exclusive or aloof. The port town mesmerizes tourists with its quaint, narrow streets and unique architecture of City Centre and the Old Quarter. Must-see attractions include the Grand Theatre, the Place de la Bourse and the stunning Eglise Notre Dame. Bordeaux also boasts nine public museums, notably the Museum of Fine Art, the Natural History Museum and Aquataine Museum. The rugged beauty of the city's Atlantic coast offers beachgoers a number of recreational opportunities.