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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
For many centuries wine has been part of our daily lives, and our way of living, at celebrations, festivals and more. From one civilisation to another, one period of time to another, wine doesn’t always play the same role. What is more, over the course of time, wine production has progressed, in the same way that each different landscape has its own special properties. These are exactly the kinds of details that Cité du Vin in Bordeaux will help you to uncover.
Bordeaux and the surrounding area boast delicious specialties that can be eaten for dessert or at any time during the day. They're perfect for me because they're fairly light. Well, perhaps not that light. But I like them, whereas I don't like cakes that are too sweet or packed with cream.
Bordeaux is all about fine wines, but what’s wine without good cheese? The wet dream of every mouse, Baud et Millet's boutique restaurant, tucked away in a Bordeaux backstreet, serves up 250 cheeses in every imaginable way. Order calvados flambéed camembert, mixed cheese tagine stew, roquefort soufflé, gooey fondue – or go for the mice’s favourite: an all-you-can-eat cheese buffet.