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Capital of the seafood-loving Aquitaine region, Bordeaux lies along the banks of the River Garonne, and is home to 362 magnificent monuments, several first class museums and a pedestrian shopping zone that’s over a kilometre long. This charming city has also been famous for fine wines since Roman times, and is still at the epicentre of today’s international wine trade. Get some inside information by visiting Bordeaux’s vintners where you can sample and buy sweet whites such as Chateau d’Yquem, and exclusive reds like Chateaux Margaux, and other top wines at hard-to-beat prices. But if you follow our tips and roam off the beaten track, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to buzzing Bordeaux than historical sights, great shopping and posh grape juice.
Main City Paris
Surface 49.36 km²
Density 4,779 /km²
Bordeaux, a low-lying city based mainly on the left bank of the Garonne river, is hard to take in at a single glance. Yet there are few places which offer a wide-ranging view of Bordeaux. Here's mine.
Think bookstores are boring? Well, think again. Living up to its disreputable moniker, Bordeaux’s La Mauvaise Reputation (bad reputation) prides itself on promoting anything that’s avant-garde or cutting edge. Achingly hip, this far-from-musty paper-vending parlour is also the best place in town to catch art shows, live music gigs and a whole host of arty activities organised by the stores’ innovative team.
All towns assert themselves through their architecture Bordeaux is no exception. It is useful to delve into its street code system so as not to miss some of its unique aspects.