10 Top Things to Do in Bordeaux

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Pont de Pierre

Great view from “See the world” location.

Visit this historic bridge which was constructed around 1900 and offers spectacular views of the city.

Porte de la Grosse Cloche

Porte de la Grosse Cloche is one of the most popular open-air markets of the French city of Bordeaux. It is held monthly in a colourful showroom that fills up with the rural feel.

The first stallholders to arrive are the flower makers, who sell their creations to tourists, as well as local residents.

You’ll see vast displays of wildflowers, flowered fritters, and votive designs made from natural materials.

This is also the best place to get the best Bordeaux wines. This is the first reason why Porte de la Grosse Cloche is a top Bordeaux market.

Make sure that you go all the way to the end of the aisle for the best.

It may be very rewarding to be among people who have no idea who you are while you taste the best of the city’s wines.

Porte de la Grosse Cloche is open every Saturday and is the best market in the city to experience Bordeaux.

Musee des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux

This gallery displays almost 200 works of art from the 15th century to the present day. An art lover’s dream is to be able to stroll through every gallery and admire each and every painting.

You can dream of this, but there are some days that you can’t take the time, or you need to start at the beginning of the day or finish at the end. You can do a virtual tour online at the museum’s official site.

This allows you to see the whole thing in one sitting, but the downside is that the light may be completely different than at the actual museum itself. This can make it tricky to spot individual works that you might have seen online.

So be sure to pick up a guide to Bordeaux from your hotel and take advantage of the opportunity to stroll around the museum and look closely at the art.

Basilica of St. Michael

Porte Cailhau

Rue Sainte-Catherine

In Bordeaux nicknamed “The Street of Books” has a bookshop with a very relaxed quiet spot to read a book.

Bordeaux’s bookshop was voted one of the best in the world by readers of Time magazine in 1998. A huge and beautiful book collection as well as a huge book bridge lead to a wide grassy area with walls forming tall bookshelves.

It is a quiet paradise where you can enjoy a book. Some people come here to read as well as to just meet and have a chat with other avid readers. This is a very nice place for bookworms, especially if book sitting is an opportunity for you to enjoy a nice company that shares the same passion. Moreover, in the past, great authors like James Joyce, Voltaire to Thomas Mann and Charles Dickens were often spotted in this place.

The only I didn’t like about this place is that there are no toilets.

Musee d'Aquitaine

Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks and most visited landmarks in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, built in the 19th century in the heart of the old town of Bordeaux. The Cathedral of St. Victor, which a unique style in the history of Gothic architecture, houses the tombs of the Bordeaux Bishops and that of Marie-Antoinette from the ‘‘Widow‘‘s flight on carriages’ ordered by Louis-Phillipe, and that of her husband, Louis-Henri, who died of tuberculosis. Bordeaux Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral, built in the 19th century in the heart of the old town of Bordeaux. The Cathedral of St. Victor, which a unique style in the history of Gothic architecture, houses the tombs of the Bordeaux Bishops and that of Marie-Antoinette from the ‘‘Widow‘‘s flight on carriages’ ordered by Louis-Phillipe, and that of her husband, Louis-Henri, who died of tuberculosis.

Grand Theatre de Bordeaux

This theatre is among the most important public buildings in Bordeaux, and from the outside, it looks like a rather ordinary building. It is actually a much bigger and more impressive structure inside that can accommodate up to 7,000 people.

Inside, it is a musical, opera, ballet, and comedy theatre that is very convenient for visitors in Bordeaux.

The Grand Theatre de Bordeaux is a major cultural venue in Bordeaux, all the way up to the point where it even received a permanent playhouse on opening night.

It has been a key venue for the Bordeaux Opera Festival since its beginning in 2003, and is one of the most important venues to set up once the Festival has finished.

For visitors to the city, it is a useful place for different musical, comedy, and ballet shows as well as musical spectacles and other events such as operas.

Some of the biggest names who have graced the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux’s stage are Andrew Lloyd Webber, the playwright who created Phantom of the Opera, and Peter Sellars.

There are multiple restaurants in the vicinity of the theatre that you can walk to once the show has ended. Other than that, there is the famous St. Matthew’s Cathedral within walking distance.

Place de la Bourse

Place de la Bourse, is the financial center of Bordeaux. The buildings here are between 1300-900 and date back from the 10th century. The Place de la Bourse is now also a local shopping area, whose specialty is antiques.

The Place de la Bourse was also the inspiration of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables”, for which the “Place de la Bastille” was named in the book and the movie. If you have a taste for antiques, just head over to “Les Matelots” on rue Sainte Anne directly behind the “Place de la Bourse”.

The more modern buildings, characterized by a vibrant mix of old and new, are located on the eastern edge of the Place called “les Quais”. Quai des Chartrons, Quai du Commerce, and Quai du Marche are the main streets at this area.

You can here see the Lion Monument, a copy of the Lion of Sculpture of Saint Mark’s in Venice. This is the only Lion Monument in France and one of the very few worldwide. It was recognized as a Historical Monument in 1936.