Elegant, stylish and buzzing Bordeaux is often hailed as the wine capital of the world. But that’s just one great reason to put it top of your new destination bucket list! A special blend of classic sophistication and cutting edge urban excitement, Bordeaux has truly blossomed into France’s most all-round entrancing city. Discover below what makes this city so special.
The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Experience
Bordeaux’s gleaming new showcase – the iconic Cité du Vin - sets the world gold standard for wine museums. This soaring, sculptural palace, which opened in 2016, was designed by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, while the amazing experience inside was created by a team of leading scientists, historians, wine experts and professional popularisers. Packed with digital and interactive elements, it offers something for everyone. And the result is truly head-turning! A trip out to the surrounding green, sun-drenched vineyards is another must. Viticulture here is a unique ancient art and tradition – producing the finest wines in the world. Or spend a lazy day the lovely nearby town of St Emilion; Médoc, home to some of the most famous wine châteaux, including Latour, Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild.
Spectacular Architecture… And Art
Bordeaux is the proud owner of the world's largest urban World Heritage Site. The architecture is sublime - including the elegant Place de la Bourse and the leafy boulevards, lined with mansions built for 18th-century wine merchants. Check out the view from the top of the flamboyant St Michel church and watch the Sunday-morning flea market below. Or wander along the beautifully restored banks of the River Garonne, dotted with shops, bars cafés and magnificent buildings – offering the best city river-scape in Europe. Meanwhile, culture vultures will find plenty of treats: The Musée des Beaux Arts delights traditionalists, while modernists should head to the inspirational CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art.
Formidable! Fabulous Fashion, Food and Fun Retail Therapy
The shopping is similarly spectacular – ranging from uber-sophisticated designer brands to more affordable, edgy urban style. Rue St Catherine offers almost 3 km of the best window shopping in town. High end fashion lovers will find temptation in the Triangle d’Or, while less ambitious price tags are found in the trendy St Pierre district. And the waterside Quai Des Marques really buzzes – especially at weekends: enjoy a drink on a café terrace overlooking the Garonne, weather permitting! Or go under cover and mix the locals, shopping for dinner at superb market, Les Halles De Bacalan. Bordeaux has some of the world’s finest produce: Bay of Arcachon oysters; milk-fed Pauillac lamb and cèpes de Bordeaux – hailed as the best mushrooms in France. Other local specialities include the famous Canelés de Bordeaux – delicious small pastries, flavored with rum and vanilla. Try the best town at Toque Cuivré or Baillardran.
The Hottest New Spot In Town
With its mild, year-round climate, it’s never a bad time to visit Bordeaux. You may want to stay at the stunning new Radisson Blu Hotel, Bordeaux. It’s the perfect base to enjoy all the best of the city, just a walk from the leafy, lively Chartrons district and close to major attractions like the Submarine Base and Darwin Eco-system. This iconic 125 room new property - overlooking the Bassins à Flot – offers first-class amenities with 24-hour room service. Wind down in style after an action-packed day: relax and sample the luscious local wines while taking in the view from the great rooftop bar. Like all the best vintages, Bordeaux just keeps getting better.