In a region so famous for wine, it should come as no surprise that Bordeaux city is a great place for dining as well.
While Paris and Lyon may get the foodie reputations in France, Bordeaux is rapidly making a name for itself.
And the beautiful thing about it?
It’s the young people creating the “new” Bordeaux!
The city fully encompasses that joie de vivre, or the enjoyment of life. Bordeaux is full of young people that truly are enjoying their lives and the city that they’re in.
Young chefs are choosing to come to Bordeaux to create the restaurants they dream of. The ones that may not be possible in Paris, for example.
It’s exciting. And it’s delicious.
If fine dining is what you’re after, you’ll have a few options in Bordeaux. The city boasts five restaurants with Michelin stars. One of which is Le Pressoir d’Argent by celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey.
In my opinion, however, it’s not the fine dining that makes Bordeaux stand out.
It’s the more casual, yet elegant, takes on the bistro that make this city special. They’re accessible, fine dining experiences. They’re super relaxed, yet very refined.
They’re also popular, so be sure to book ahead so you don’t get turned away.
It’s these new establishments that are making Bordeaux a food-lovers destination. Opened by young chefs, they’re proving that Bordeaux is more than just wine.
But speaking of wine, there’s still that too! This is Bordeaux after all.
Wine bars are everywhere in this city. You can taste varietals from every region of France without ever having to leave the city center.
You truly are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting a good glass of wine here.
One thing to keep in mind though: Most places have licenses that require them to sell food with alcohol.
So while this isn’t always the case, most often you’ll have to buy a snack to accompany your beverage.
To be honest, this never seemed to be an issue because let’s face it, you’re in France. And France is the land of wine, cheese, and charcuterie. So if i’m told I need to eat with my wine? Sure, twist my arm. I’ll take another charcuterie board please!
Now let’s get to the good stuff… Here is the guide for gluttons (or just people that want to eat and drink well) in the city of Bordeaux!
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Places to Eat
1Atelier des Faures
It’s a tiny spot serving absolutely incredible food. The pork belly with blood sausage is quite possibly the best pork belly I’ve had. Book ahead and enjoy a deliciously leisurely meal.
2Boulangerie Louis Lamour
Craving a morning chocolatine? Well, the ones here are divine. Maybe throw in a pain au raisin too for good measure. Because, when in Bordeaux… ya know?
3Dunes Blanches chez Pascal Bordeaux
A quintessential pastry of Bordeaux, the dunes blanches from here are a must try. They’re made of choux pastry and filled with silky cream, then dusted with sugar. They’re rich, but heavenly.
4La Toque Cuivrée
With multiple outlets throughout the city, La Toque Cuivrée is the place to go for canelés, the famous Bordeaux pastries. They’re addictive and make a perfect souvenir.
5Le Boulanger de l’Hôtel de Ville
A bakery making delicious baguettes and pastries. Stop in for a café au lait and croissant in the morning or get a sandwich or pastry in the afternoon.
Miles is a must for creative dishes and wonderful service. The set menu always changes, but you can expect flawless execution. Heads up: Reservations are required.
Fresh ingredients shine at this cozy spot. The menu changes based on seasonality and inspiration. It’s a charming place for a delicious meal.
While it usually functions as a speakeasy/cocktail bar with tapas, Symbiose offers a tasting menu on Tues & Wed. Be sure to book ahead and experience the hype for yourself.
1Bistrot du Fromager
A must-visit for wine and one of the best charcuterie and cheese boards around. Hint: it includes great cheese, foie gras, and rillettes. It’s a winner!
A laid-back bar focusing on wines of the region and local craft beer. It’s a great spot for a snack and enjoying a beverage or two.
An awesome wine bar with a great selection. And they’re even open on Sundays – which is a rarity in Bordeaux!
4Les Tonneaux de Notre-Dame
Tucked on a quaint street in the Chartrons neighborhood, this little bar and shop is a relaxing stop for unique wines and delicious bites.
5Tchin Tchin Wine Bar
Among all the wine bars, Tchin Tchin stands out for their unique wines. The selection isn’t huge, but it’s interesting – like ugni blanc, the grape used for cognac.
A lovely wine bar with great small plates and wines. Staff is friendly and helpful in selecting something you’re sure to enjoy.
7Aux quatre coins du vin
With about 40 wines, this is where to go if it’s variety you’re after. You serve yourself from machines, but servers are more than willing to help you out too.
Places for Coffee
1KURO espresso bar Bordeaux
KURO is the spot to visit when you’re looking for caffeine or a snack. Expect tasty sandwiches, specialty coffee, and yummy baked goods.
2La Pelle Café
The place I go for my flat white fix. The coffee is tasty and the croissants are too. They also have free Wi-Fi which is a nice bonus.
Things to Do
1Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
As the only chateau in the city center, Haut-Brion is a special place. Make an appointment on their website to visit. You’ll tour the beautiful property and of course, taste their wine.
2Marché des Quais de Bordeaux Chartrons
A Sunday market perfect for strolling through. Take a break with some local oysters and a chilled glass of wine. Still hungry? Grab some rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes.
2Rustic Vines Tours
They’re the best tour operator in the city. They offer an amazing tour of Saint-Émillion where you use electric bikes to visit chateaus and taste great wine. It’s the stress-free and fun way to learn about Bordeaux wine.
>> Comment below with your favorite Bordeaux spots! Or let us know which one you’d like to visit the most!