Where to start with this amazing place!? It beyond exceeded my expectations. In my mind, I thought Bordeaux would be a relatively small town with not much going on. But, boy was I wrong. In fact, the city is relatively large, with around 200,000 inhabitants. Bordeaux is a picturesque city, with small tiny alleyways housing delicious restaurants and patisseries. I spent a long weekend there and a full day at a winery. So from my experiences, this is what I recommend for a getaway to Bordeaux.
Firstly it was relatively hard to find a place to stay online as the purpose of our trip was to visit the vineyards – which are about a 30-minute drive from Bordeaux in Saint Emilion. After speaking with friends we decided it was better to be based in central Bordeaux itself. We were so close to so many amazing restaurants, cafes and shops. Try and book somewhere that is moderately close to Place de La Bourse.
When it comes to food, I pride myself on being a bit of an expert. I am what some might call a foodie.However, I am also gluten-free. For any gluten free travellers out there, Bordeaux is perfect for you. We found one cafe called the Banana Cafe, so delicious and all gluten-free. I would recommend the pancakes, they literally blew my mind. On Sunday, we indulged in a traditional French brunch at Cafe Kokomo. This place is also incredible, great food, great service, great people and especially great value for money. Try their Acai bowl, it’s epic.
For sightseeing, I can’t point out one particular thing, the city as a whole is just so breathtaking. Make sure you just spend your time strolling around and getting lost in the little alleyways, we found so many hidden treasures. Although, you must visit Le Miroir d’eau. It is a water feature set up by the river. It is perfect for dipping your feet in on a hot day or go at sunset for a truly magical experience.
Last but not least, the vineyards. Bordeaux is famous for their grapes, especially those used for red wine. We did a lot of research as a group and decided that we wanted to visit Saint-Emilion as it is famed for being such a beautiful town. We then decided on Chateau Dominique, it offers both wine tours and also has a restaurant. The wine tour was in French but that was okay as we were able to practice ours. The tasting was awesome, and the man was kind enough to translate into English whenever we were confused. The Terrasse Rouge is the name of the restaurant which is spectacular. Meat on the grill is their speciality and when paired with the delicious wines made on site, it’s pretty incredible. Oh and can’t forget the view, request a table on the terrace to look over miles of grape fields and onwards to the hills – an incredibly tranquil and relaxing setting.
I hope you enjoy Bordeaux as much as I did, such a happening place with amazing food, people and sights.