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Celebrating wine, gastronomy, arts and culture, Bordeaux is a city that represents the very essence of the French spirit. Located in the southwest of France, on the Garonne River, Bordeaux casts its charms around the region through its broad pedestrian boulevards, gorgeous squares, modern buildings and historical architecture. Pay a visit to Bordeaux on your next trip to France and see why the city was once elected as "European Best Destination".
1 Euro = 100 cents
Fire Brigade: 18
If you are calling from a mobile telephone dial: 112
Most stores are open from 10am to 7:30pm, malls up to 9pm and supermarkets until 8/10pm.
Over 240,000 inhabitants (2015)
Bordeaux Tourist Office
12 Cours du 30 Juillet, Bordeaux
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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Associated to wine and the pleasures of life like no other city, Bordeaux is the kingdom of the grape. Wine bars, wine merchants, and over a hundred winery castles throng all around Bordeaux. Wine is savoured and enjoyed, but is also used for health purposes through wine therapy—a spa treatment using grape extract, said to be beneficial for the body.
The beautiful Baroque buildings, which were once erected in the city centre to conceal the slums, have made Bordeaux world-famous for its architecture. On top of its historic charm and presence, the city has built a modern character with brand new futuristic buildings, modern transports, and a town life that becomes trendier every day. With its well organised river banks, structured squared, and pedestrian streets, this city on the Garonne is a pleasure to walk through, whether it is to visit, shop, or taste the French gastronomy.
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History, sights, landmarks, architecture, arts and tons of activities have turned Bordeaux into a beautiful and exciting city. Consistently renewing itself, for example with the recent construction of the Cité du Vin, Bordeaux is typical and modern at the same time, with sights and entertainment for everyone. One thing is for sure: hold on to your camera, because everything here is highly photogenic.
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Bordeaux's cuisine offers as many flavours as its wines, and they are a perfect match for each other. Marry your favourite red or white wine with one of the city's culinary specialities: lobster, oysters, Pauilla clam, Aquitaine beef, Entrecôte "à la Bordelaise", and the list goes on.
If your mouth is not watering yet, step into one of the following restaurants and we guarantee it will.
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Whether you want to take a break in-between visits or you feel you might have indulged too much in French wine the night before, there is no bad excuse for a coffee break in Bordeaux.
Although you will be spoiled for choice with all the beautiful and tasty French pastries on offer, there is one local speciality you shouldn't leave without trying: the canelé, a small pastry flavoured with rum and vanilla with a soft custard centre and a dark caramelized crust.
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It's not all about wine tasting in Bordeaux. Although this experience you should definitely not miss out on while in the city, Bordeaux, despite its size, does offer vibrant nightlife. Most bars and clubs are concentrated in walkable areas, mostly along the river. Check out the areas around the Place du Parlement, Rue Sainte-Catherine, and the University of Bordeaux for more options.
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Wineries, food stores, markets of all kinds, large brands and designer objects can be found when walking in the streets of Bordeaux. The variety is huge and every shopper can find what they are looking for. Markets are also a great place to have a bite and a walk, and second-hand in big in Bordeaux.
Here is a non exhaustive list of the shops you could visit in the city.
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The airport is located in Merignac, just outside of Bordeaux.
A shuttle links directly the central train station and the airport between 6am and 11pm 7/7, in approximatively 30 minutes with one departure every hour.
Another bus line, the Liane 1+ serves the same purpose but leaves more regularly and with more stops, for a trip of around 50 minutes. It works between 5am and 12:30/1:30am from Monday to Sunday.
Address: Bordeaux-Merignac Airport, Bordeaux
Phone: +335 56 34 50 73
You can find all necessary information on the TBM website for public transports or even download the app. A good tip is to invest in a Bordeaux City-Pass card that you can buy in the tourist office. It includes free entry to several museums as well as free travel on municipal buses and trams.
Address: 10/12 boulevard antoine gautier, Bordeaux
There are many taxis and taxi stations available all around Bordeaux.
Bicycle-Taxis are also available.
Bordeaux has many post offices, but you can also buy stamps in "Bureaux de tabac" and post your letters or postcards in post boxes (yellow and blue).
Address: 43 Place Gambetta, Bordeaux
Pharmacies are all around in Bordeaux, but there are only a few open at night. Call the number given to make sure the pharmacy is open and has the necessary products. After 10pm, call the Police station.
Address: 68 Cours de la somme, Bordeaux
Phone: +33 5 56 91 40 70
Telephone & WiFi
Country code + 33
Bordeaux Council offer free WiFi hotspots around the city, in libraries and main attractions. On the website below you'll find a map of the hotspots in the centre.